Counselling Needs of Undergraduates at University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Counselling needs of undergraduates has become a major concern among undergraduates at universities in Nigeria. The study examined the counselling needs of undergraduates at University of Ilorin. Descriptive survey designed was adopted. The population comprised all undergraduates at the University of Ilorin. The sample comprised two hundred undergraduates. Five research questions were formulated and four null hypotheses were generated to guide the study. The reliability of the instrument was established using test re-test method and a co-efficient of 0.67 was obtained. Data were collected using a questionnaire tagged Counselling Needs of Undergraduates’ Questionnaire (CNUQ). Data analysis was done using t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The result obtained revealed that coping with computer based test and examination is the most counselling needs of undergraduates at University of Ilorin. The findings of the study revealed that there were no significant differences in the perception of respondents on the counselling needs of undergraduates at University of Ilorin on the bases of age, gender, religious affiliation and faculty type. This signified that all hypotheses were not rejected. Based on the findings of this study it was recommended that federal government and ministry of education should make guidance and counselling course a prerequisite for all undergraduates in order to have knowledge of counseling. University administrators should organize an enlightenment programme for all undergraduates to cope with academic challenges. Religious leaders should also encourage undergraduates on the needs for counselling on their academics and non-academic endeavour. Each faculty should have counsellor that will enable easy access for undergraduates.