Top 10 Universities In Nigeria

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

Every day, so many Nigerians go online to search for the best University in Nigeria. This is not surprising, considering the fact that education has been a very important sector in Nigeria. Parents search for the best Universities in Nigeria on behalf of their children. Children also search for the best Universities in Nigeria, that offer the courses they intend to study.

This post gives a list of the top 10 Universities in Nigeria in 2018. So, if you are looking to get into a University in Nigeria anytime soon, this is for you. However, you should know that what’s best for someone else may not be best for you. There are very many factors to consider before making the choice of University.

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There are currently up to 152 Universities in Nigeria, registered and approved by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC). Do not be deceived by any new University that claims to be approved. The Nigerian Universities Commission clearly lists all approved Universities in Nigeria.

You should also note that various bodies rank Universities in Nigeria based on various criteria. So, there is usually no single list. This list is based on the ranking by the Nigerian Universities Commission. So, it is actually genuine and trustworthy. Here goes.

Top 10 Universities in Nigeria (2018)

1. University of Ibadan (UI)

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

The University of Ibadan is currently ranked the best University in Nigeria. Formed in 1947, it is located in Ibadan, Oyo State. When it was formed, the University of Ibadan was affiliated with the University of London. It ran courses in Arts, Medicine, and Sciences. The University of Ibadan has since been accredited as an independent educational institution in Nigeria.

This University offers a wide range of academic programmes under a large number of departments. The University of Ibadan currently has 13 faculties.

Faculties in the University of Ibadan

  • Arts
  • Science
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Technology
  • Law
  • Public Health
  • Dentistry

The University of Ibadan’s College of Medicine is currently ranked one of the best in Nigeria. The University is also well-respected across the nation.

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2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is ranked by the NUC as the second best University in Nigeria. This University was established in the year 1955 by Nnamdi Azikiwe.

The University has 15 accredited faculties and 102 departments. It has four campuses located in Nsukka, Enugu, Ituku-Ozalla, and Aba.

Faculties in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Dentistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Science and Technology
  • Law
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

Campuses of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

  • Nsukka – University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  • Enugu – University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC)
  • Ituku-Ozalla – University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH)
  • Aba – University of Nigeria, Aba Campus (UNAC)

Some notable alumni of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, are Godwin Emefiele, Charles Soludo, Peter Obi, Pat Utomi, and Herbert Wigwe.

3. University of Lagos (UniLag), Akoka

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

The University of Lagos was founded in 1962 with three campuses around the State. The Akoka campus is the main campus of the University which is ranked third best University in Nigeria. UniLag began academic operations with just 131 students but has grown to become one of the most populated Universities in Nigeria. The school has 12 accredited faculties.

Faculties in the University of Lagos

  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Science
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dental Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

The University of Lagos has one of the best Distance Learning Institutes in Nigeria.

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4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

The Obafemi Awolowo University is one of the largest Universities in Nigeria as far as land mass is concerned. Formerly known as the University of Ife, it covers a space of 11,862 Hectares. The Obafemi Awolowo University was established in 1961 and classes commenced in 1962.

This University has been ranked one of the best in Nigeria for years. So, it’s no wonder a lot of people keep filling it as the first choice of University when registering to take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. It is currently the fourth best University in Nigeria.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University said that the vision of OAU is to be one of the top rated Universities in Africa, using state of the art technology in teaching, researching and community service to its students.

5. Covenant University (CU), Ota

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

The first private University on the list, Covenant University is ranked the fifth best University in Nigeria. According to the NUC, it is currently the best private University in Nigeria.

Founded by Dr David Oyedepo, the founder of one of the biggest Churches in Nigeria, Covenant University was the first private University to get popular in Nigeria. Even though the fees are quite high in this institution, it is undoubtedly one of the leading world-class Mission Universities in Africa.

Covenant University is equipped with modern facilities and technologically advanced equipment to aid learning.

The institution started operation fully in March 2002 after the Federal Government of Nigeria approved its licence to operate as an independent private University. Being a Mission University, it was built on Spirituality, Positive Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Diligence, and Sacrifice.

Covenant University is the only Private University in Nigeria on the list of the top 10 Universities in Nigeria.

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6. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

Ahmadu Bello University is currently the best University in Northern Nigeria. It has been the favourite University of choice among Nigerians over the years. It has its place in the sixth position on the list of the 10 best Universities in Nigeria.

Named after Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of Northern Nigeria at the time, ABU commenced operations in 1962.

ABU currently has 13 faculties of study. With a student population of about 40,000, the University has over 1,400 academic and research staff, as well as about 6,000 non-academic administrative staff.

Faculties in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physical Science
  • Social Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University has secured its place as the sixth best University in Nigeria in 2018.

7. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna)

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

The Federal University of Technology, Minna was founded in 1983 with the main objective of facilitating academic excellence through quality education in Science, Engineering, and Technology. This University is located in Minna, Niger State. It occupies 10,650 Hectares of land, making it one of the biggest Universities in terms of land mass.

The various departments in FUT Minna enjoy state of the art equipment to aid learning. The University currently has eight faculties which are referred to as schools.

Faculties in the Federal University of Technology, Minna

  • School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT)
  • School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET)
  • School of Environmental Technology (SET)
  • School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology (SEMT)
  • School of Information and Communications Technology (SICT)
  • School of Life Sciences (SLS)
  • School of Physical Sciences (SPS)
  • School of Science and Technology Education (SSTE)

The various schools in the Federal University of Technology, Minna usually receive a huge number of applications every year. The University sealed its place as the seventh best University in Nigeria in 2018.

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8. University of Ilorin (Unilorin)

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

Founded in 1975, the University of Ilorin is one of the most popular Universities in Nigeria. In fact, it is one of the Universities with the highest rates of applications received yearly. There was a time this University was ranked the best in Nigeria, but today, it is ranked eighth. Still, it’s good that it is still on the list of the top 10 Universities in Nigeria.

In the year 2014, the University of Ilorin became the first University in Nigeria to be ranked among the top 20 Universities in Africa. Students of the University often describe it with the term “Better By Far”, usually to the dismay of students of other Universities.

Unilorin currently has 13 accredited faculties, 1 college, and a postgraduate school.

Faculties in the University of Ilorin

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Communication and Information Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Law
  • Management Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physical Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University has a College of Health Sciences which has two faculties – Basic Medical Sciences and Basic Clinical Sciences. In addition to these is a Postgraduate School.

Unilorin is currently the most preferred University in Nigeria as JAMB recorded that it had the highest number of applicants in the nation in 2017.

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9. University of Benin (Uniben)

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

Located in the ancient city of Benin, the University of Benin is currently ranked the ninth best University in Nigeria. It is rated as one of the best Universities in Nigeria as far as quality education is concerned.

Uniben was the first University in Nigeria to ever appoint a female Vice-Chancellor, in the person of Grace Alele-Williams. The student population of the University is currently about 40,000. This number encompasses both full-time and part-time students.

Faculties in the University of Benin

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Law
  • Management Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

The University also has a College of Medical Sciences, a School of Basic Medical Science, a School of Dentistry, and a School of Medicine.

10. University of Abuja

10 Best Universities in Nigeria

According to the latest NUC ranking, the University of Abuja is the tenth best University in Nigeria.

Founded in 1988, this University has produced graduates that have made the school proud. The University has a large expanse of land covering over 11,800 Hectares for the location of its main campus. It has a well-equipped Medical Centre and is one of the best medical schools in Nigeria.

The University of Abuja has nine faculties and a College of Health Sciences.

Faculties in the University of Abuja

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Management Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

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That’s it for the 10 best Universities in Nigeria. Here is a quick list.

Top 10 Universities in Nigeria

  1. University of Ibadan (UI)
  2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  3. University of Lagos (Unilag), Akoka
  4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife
  5. Covenant University (CU), Ota
  6. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria
  7. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna)
  8. University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
  9. University of Benin (Uniben)
  10. University of Abuja

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Author: Vincent Abolarin

Vincent is a Nigerian blogger with special interest in the history and current happenings in the country. When he is not blogging, he enjoys reading and playing computer games.

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