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Factors influencing students’ choice of a federal university: a case study of a Nigerian federal university

Factors influencing students’ choice of a federal university: a case study of a Nigerian federal university

Adeyanju, Samuel, Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842, Olusola, Johnson and Olaniyi, Muhammed (2019) Factors influencing students’ choice of a federal university: a case study of a Nigerian federal university. In: Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842, Maringe, Felix and Hinson, Robert Ebo, (eds.) Higher Education Marketing in Africa - Explorations on Student Choice. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. (In Press)

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Abstract

The factors affecting students’ choice of higher education is essential for the university’s management. Various research across the world has been carried out to understand how students select their preferred universities for tertiary study; however, there is a shortage of insight from an African perspective. Specifically focusing on a federal university in Nigeria, this study aims to explore factors influencing students’ interest in the school and why they selected it as their study location. A structured questionnaire from 282 undergraduate students based on stratified random sampling was used to understand these choice factors. The study found that personal interest greatly influenced students’ decisions, followed by parental influence, university reputation, university ranking, and fees. The results provide an understanding of students’ choices for universities in a Nigerian context, which is a loose representation of the general influences of students’ choice for study sites on the continent. This would enable stakeholders working in the Nigerian education sector including academics, administrators and practitioners and international collaborators to understand the most effective ways to reach out to prospective students and draw useful lessons for universities' marketing strategies, which could be recommended not only in Nigeria but in Africa at large.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigerai, federal university, student choice, higher education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 12:54
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26161

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