Top 10 private Universities in Nigeria

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Government universities were once the only options for a student seeking admission into a tertiary institution, but that time is long gone. Thanks to the establishment of private universities, the number of secondary school graduates gaining admission into universities has also increased dramatically.

The availability of the private and public school makes tertiary education easier and more beneficial. With choices come preferences and it helps in making decisions. While some people still think of private universities as ‘lesser” schools, their importance, contributions, and achievements speak for themselves.

Do you know someone looking to gain admission to a private university? Are you wondering which is the best private university?. Look no further. Here is a list of the top ten best private universities in Nigeria based on location, expenses, facilities, and academic standards.

1. Covenant University

Covenant University students were declared as the most deployable by a study that was done by jobberman, stutern and BudGit. The school was established in 1999 by the living faith church worldwide and is in Ota, ogun state. It has been named as one of the top five universities in the country by the largest ranking agency for higher education in the world. By 2022, it plans to be among the top ten universities in the world.

2. Afe Babalola University

The university was established in 2009 by Afe babalola, a lawyer and philanthropist. It is in Ado Ekiti and has over 6000 students. The school has an entrepreneurship center and a language center which acts as one of their centers of attraction. The institution continues to uphold the founder’s philosophy which is discipline, integrity, sound education and quality leadership in its students.

3. Babcock University

Babcock University is owned by the seventh day Adventist education system. This system is regarded as the world’s second largest Christian school system. It was established in 1959 and is between Lagos and Ibadan. The school has a state of the art school of medicine which is named after Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon.

4. Landmark University

This university has consistently featured among the top 5 private universities in Nigeria. It is an affiliate of the living faith church worldwide and in Omu Aran in Kwara state. 10% to 17% of the graduates from this prestigious university finish with a first class degree.

5. Redeemers University

Redeemers opened in 2005 after receiving a full operating license from the federal government. The university is in Ede, Osun state and is an outgrowth of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The university has become one of the top private institutions in the country. In 2015, it emerged as the best-rated university, beating 15 other universities.

6. Bowen University

Bowen University is the first church-owned private university in Nigeria. It is in Iwo, Osun state. The institution has most of the qualified lecturers in Nigeria which is majorly due to its strong ties to Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Ibadan.

7. American University of Nigeria (AUN)

This is the first and the only university in Nigeria with an academic program that is built on the American model and the programs are consistent with the US accreditation standards. It was founded by former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar in Yola, Adamawa state.

8. Ajayi Crowther University

It is in Oyo, Ibadan state and was established by the Supra Diocesan Board of the church of Nigeria. The school was named after one of Nigeria’s most popular and first African bishop of the Anglican church, late Samuel Ajayi Crowther. He was the first Nigerian to translate the bible into Yoruba language. The institution is gradually growing with a vision of becoming the best university in Nigeria.

9. Veritas University

The university was founded in 2002 and is an affiliate of Catholic Church of Nigeria. It was accredited in 2012 by the National University Commission. Due to its Catholic origin, Veristas University is a model of excellence and it places a strong emphasis on moral values, and the development of students entrepreneurial capabilities.

10. Al Hikmah University

Al hikma was founded in 2005 in Ilorin, Kwara state. It started with 70 students and started with the 5 colleges. The institution has been involved in a lot of collaborative works like National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Jaiz bank etc. It was reported that in the last convocation the university graduated 874 first degree students out 900 students and 50 postgraduate degrees.


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