What are the most popular best Universities in Nigeria? Nigeria currently has 152 universities registered and approved by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC). Based on the ranking released by 4 International Colleges & Universities (4ICU), an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited universities and colleges in the world.
Note: vastlearners.com.ng does not rank Universities, rather, we rely on the Lists released by the NUC (The Nigeria University Commission); Times Higher Education World University Ranking (they are the world’s number one body for ranking Universities), QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and The Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities.
TOP BEST UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA
We only have list of 100 best universities in Nigeria of all officially recognized Nigerian higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:
being accredited, licensed and/or chartered by the appropriate Nigerian higher education-related organization.
offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (Bachelor degrees) and/or postgraduate degrees (Master or Doctoral degrees).
delivering courses predominantly in a traditional face-to-face, non-distance education format.
2018 League Table
University of Ibadan
University of Nigeria
University of Lagos
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ahmadu Bello University
Federal University of Technology, Minna
University of Ilorin
University of Benin
University of Abuja
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Afe Babalola University
University of Port Harcourt
Samuel Adegboyega University
Federal University of Technology, Akure
University of Jos
Bayero University Kano
Lagos State University
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
Federal University Oye-Ekiti
American University of Nigeria
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
Kwara State University
University of Uyo
Enugu State University of Science and Technology
Rivers State University of Science and Technology
Usmanu Danfodio University
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
University of Agriculture, Makurdi
Olabisi Onabanjo University
Ago Iwoye …
Adekunle Ajasin University
Akungba Akoko …
Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
African University of Science and Technology
Osun State University
Ebonyi State University
Nasarawa State University
Federal University, Ndufu-Alike
University of Maiduguri
Tai Solarin University of Education
Abia State University
Nile University of Nigeria
University of Calabar
Imo State University
Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University
Benue State University
Ajayi Crowther University
Federal University, Otuoke
Delta State University, Abraka
Lead City University
Ambrose Alli University
Modibbo Adama University of Technology
Igbinedion University Okada
Benson Idahosa University
Federal University of Petroleum Resources
Cross River University of Technology
Kano University of Science and Technology
Niger Delta University
Wilberforce Island Yenagoa
Federal University, Dutse
Bells University of Technology
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
Joseph Ayo Babalola University
Kogi State University
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University
Federal University, Lafia
Federal University, Lokoja
Ondo State University of Science and Technology
Godfrey Okoye University
Faith City …
Achievers University, Owo
Akwa Ibom State University
Kaduna State University
Federal University, Wukari
Bauchi State University
Federal University, Kashere
Taraba State University
Yobe State University
Kebbi State University of Science and Technology
Crescent University, Abeokuta
Sokoto State University
Gombe State University
Wesley University of Science and Technology
Western Delta University
Al-Qalam University, Katsina
University of Mkar
Short Note About Top 10 Best University In Nigeria
This is the 1st best universities in Nigeria. The University of Ibadan was established in 1947. Initially, it was a College under the University of London. The college started with academic programs in Arts, Science and Medicine.
Second best universities in Nigeria. The University of Nigeria was founded by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955. However, the school was formally opened on the 7th of October 1960.
UNN as it is popularly called is made up of four campuses
Nsukka (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN),
Enugu (University of Nigeria Enugu campus, UNEC),
Ituku-Ozalla (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH) and
Aba (University of Nigeria Aba campus, UNAC).
UNN is the first autonomous university in the country. Currently, the University has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. Also, the University offers 82 undergraduate and 211 postgraduate programmes.
The initial enrolment at UNN was 220 students with 13 academic staff members. The classes commenced on the 17th of October, 1960.
The vice Chancellor of UNN has a burning desire to create a smart university and this led to the Roar Nigeria Hub which is one of the full-fledged universities embedded ICT Hub in West Africa. The hub is a private sector initiative which is been supervised by two engineering graduates of the university.
Formerly known as the University of Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University was established in 1962.
The university is one of the largest and best universities in Nigeria in terms of land mass. It covers a land expanse of 11,862 hectares.
Due to this land area, the university has one central campus along with its students’ residential area, staff quarters as well as a teaching and research farm.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the University was known as one of the foremost universities in Africa.
The University has produced a NobelLaureate as well as several National Merit Award winners.
OAU also houses several government parastatals which include:
The Centre for Energy Research and Development(CERD)
The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM)
The African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education- English (ARC SSTE-E)
The United Nations Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey(RECTAS)
The vision of the University is to be one of the top rated universities in Africa, that is, the technological flagship of the West African sub-region, as evidenced by its application of modern technology to teaching, research and community service, and its provision of practical solutions to social, cultural and economic problems.
Covenant University is arguably the (private) best universities in Nigeria. The university was set up in 2000 with the vision to become the leading world-class Christian Mission University.
However, the university didn’t start until March 2002 when the Federal Government presented the institution with the licensing certificate to operate as a Private University.
The approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC) was reputed to be the fastest in the history of the 16 applications for the establishment of private universities filed with the NUC.
The University was founded by the Bishop of the Living Faith Church as a part of the Liberation Commission.
Covenant University is built around the following core-values: Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice.
The University intends to revolutionize the educational landscape using the platform of Christian ethos and life transforming values.
According to the founder, Dr David Oyedepo, the objective of the University is to transform her products, that is, her graduates as, into expert thinkers, unusual managers, and hyper-resourceful technocrats in all fields of human endeavour.
Ahmadu Bello University also known as ABU was established in 1962 and it is currently one of the best universities in Nigeria.
Prior to the establishment of ABU, the Ashby Commission on Post-School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria recommended that a University be set up in Northern Nigeria and the product of this recommendation was ABU.
The university began full operation in 1962 on the sites of the defunct Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology; the Clerical Training Centre, Kongo; the Samaru Agricultural Research Station and the Shika Livestock Farm.
ABU was named after the Sardauna of Sokoto and the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello.
The university began with the following faculties:
There were 15 faculties and 426 inaugural students.
Currently, the University is made up of 2 campuses with 12 Faculties, 1 Post-Graduate School and 82 academic departments. The total student enrollment in this university is 35,000 and they represent a diversity of ethnic background because they are drawn from every state of the country.
Also, ABU has 5 Institutes, 6 Specialized Centers, a Division of Agricultural Colleges, a School of Basic and Remedial Studies, a Demonstration Secondary School, a Primary School and a Consultancy Outfit providing a variety of services to the University and the wider society.
The university has about 1,400 academic and research staff and over 6000 non-teaching, senior and junior administrative staff.
Additionally, the University has nurtured 2 University Colleges which include the Abdullahi Bayero College (now Bayero University), Kano and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology), Bauchi. Also, 27 institutions comprising Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Schools of Basic or Preliminary Studies are currently affiliated to it.
Federal University of Technology, Minna is one of the best universities in Nigeria. The origin of the Federal University of Technology, Minna can be traced to 1983 when the university was established with the objective of promoting the Nation’s drive for self-reliance in Science, Engineering and Technology.
When the university was established, it acquired the facilities of the former Government Teachers’ College Bosso which is currently the Bosso Campus of the University.
Also, the University acquired 10,650 hectares of land at Gidan-Kwano along the Minna – Kataeregi – Bida Road as its permanent site, to cater for the necessary inevitable expansion envisaged.
The facilities on this main campus include:
School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT),
School of Environmental Technology (SET),
School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) Buildings,
Computer Centre as well as
Industrial Development Centre.
Over the years, the students of FUTMINNA have produced innovative equipments, some of which include Solar air heater, Motor-car crankshaft, Gearing system for crane hoist drives, Rice de-stoning machine, Maize sheller, Multi-purpose grinder, Irrigation models, Poultry feeder etc.
Also, one of the professors from this prestigious university was involved in leading a team that developed and produced typhoid vaccines. This project was sponsored by Unipetrol Nigeria Plc. The typhoid vaccines have been tested on humans and would be made available to the public very soon.
The University of Ilorin is one of the best Universities Nigeria. UNILORIN as it is popularly called, enrolled its first set of 200 students on the 23rd of October, 1976 and academic work started on the 25th of October, 1976.
The University started on a portion of the temporary campus of the Kwara State Polytechnic. It was on this site that the academic programmes of the Faculties of Art, Science, Education, Engineering, Business, Social Science and Basic Clinic Sciences.
Currently, UNILORIN has 15 faculties which include:
Communication and Information Sciences,
Engineering and Technology,
Veterinary Medicine, and Law;
College of Health Sciences (with 2 Faculties-Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences)
Institute of Education and Unilorin Sugar Research Institute); and
The Postgraduate School.
In 2014, UNILORIN became the first University in Nigeria to be ranked among the top 20 universities in Africa. It was ranked 20th in Africa and 1824th in the world.
That same year, the University embarked on growing a 10,000 hectare oil palm plantation which is expected to serve as a source of foreign exchange when completed.
Between 2012 and 2016, JAMB (the body in charge of admission into the university in Nigeria) revealed that UNILORIN had the highest number of applicants which implied that it was the most preferred university in the country during this period.
Popularly called UNIBEN, the University of Benin is one of the top-rated best universities in Nigeria.
UNIBEN is known to be the first to produce a female vice-Chancellor. This happened when Grace Alele-Williams was appointed in 1985 until 1991.
Currently, the total student enrollment at the university stands at over 40,000 comprising both full-time and part-time students.
The University of Benin is known to collaborate with several universities across the world and with both local and international bodies such as USAID, Ford Foundation, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), RMRDC (Raw Materials Research & Development Council of Nigeria) amongst others in the areas of Agriculture, Public Health and Engineering.
Our list isn’t complete without the University of Abuja. The university took off in 1990. At that time, the University used a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada. It was tagged the “mini – campus”.
However, that same year, the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares along the Abuja – Abuja road for the development of its main campus.
Some of the important landmarks on the new University campus include the Senate Chamber, the Science Laboratories, Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Remedial Studies and the Institute of Education. Also, the university have Medical Centre which is equipped with modern medical facilities. Additionally, the campus hosts a number of recreational facilities including an Olympic size football field, a volleyball pitch and a long-tennis court.
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