Best Universities in Nigeria

As the need to further our education increases, one of the most commonly asked questions is what the best universities in Nigeria are?

This question arises because many people are not able to afford the cost of been trained in foreign universities. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the best universities in Nigeria for the year 2018.

Although, it has been clearly stated that university of Ibadan is currently the best university in the country. According to World University ranking (cwur), University of Ibadan is the only Nigerian university to appear among the best 1000 universities in the world.

Therefore, before we compiled this list of the best universities in Nigeria, we made serious research from various website and materials and our findings are based on the following factors.

Although, NUC has not provided any official ranking, but we compared the lists provided in other websites and articles and saw a close line between each of them, which points to a level of accuracy. But then, we have compiled a full list of all the universities in Nigeria currently. This list was grouped into three which are;

Best Universities in Nigeria


So here are some of the factors we considered while compiling this list of best universities in Nigeria.


In checking for the best universities in Nigeria, we consider the demand of the university. The very first thing to consider is the demand of prospective undergraduates to study in that university. For example, there are institutions that have about 70,000 applicants yearly while some have less than 20,000 applicants. On a general note, it would be baseless to compare these two institutions because good things get the higher demand.

Though, it should not be forgotten that some universities are purely science while some are purely arts. Then there are still others that are general. Therefore this factor is considered with all these parameters in mind.


The second thing to consider on this list of best universities in Nigeria is the standard and available facilities in the university. It is important to know that many universities in Nigerian have low facilities and that is why it has been said that Nigerian graduates are unemployable. So, to ascertain the best universities in Nigeria, we also consider the standard of learning and available facilities in that university.

There are basic things we expect to see in every university and once those things are not there, then there is a problem. Many universities in Nigeria only offer courses without having the complete set of facilities needed to effectively learn that course.


The next thing we would consider as we look out for the best universities in Nigeria is the level of examination malpractice. It is very unfortunate that examination malpractice has adversely infested our universities.

Therefore, as much as we know that there is hardly an institution in Nigeria without examination malpractice, yet we must understand that some universities make conscious efforts to combat it. Thus this effort which is made by the institution is strongly considered.


The global ranking of a university is the easiest way to determine its level in Nigeria. For example, I stated earlier that university of Ibadan is the only university that appeared among the top 1000 universities in the world. This invariably means that university of Ibadan will appear at the top spot of the list of the best universities in Nogeria. This is because the global overrides that national.

                    SOCIAL MENACE

Universities are not just to train students educationally. Rather, young people are refined both in character and in learning. Therefore, the level of the social menace is a strong factor to consider on this list of best universities in Nigeria.

                   ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT

The involvement of the alumni cannot be neglected if we must get an accurate list of the best universities in Nigeria. Alumni are those who passed through the institution. Therefore, if they are proud of their university, they will be unreservedly involved in the matters and affairs of the university.


If a product is good, it will be recommended to people. Therefore, we also put into consideration of the level and quality of recommendations gotten for each of these universities.


As we proceed, here are the best universities in Nigeria. Although, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, MFR, FNAL, said that the Commission has not done any ranking exercise or ranked any university in Nigeria in the past 14 years.

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University of Ibadan

University of Ibanda ranks the first on the list of best Universities in Nigeria. The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest Nigerian university. It was Founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos, as the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria. Yaba College was transferred to Ibadan, becoming the University College of Ibadan, in 1948. The university was founded on its

own site on 17 November 1948. University of Ibadan ranks Number one on the list of the best Universities in Nigeria



University of Nigeria Nsukka

The second university on the list of the best universities in Nigeria is University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN. It is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has three campuses – Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla – all located in Enugu State. The University of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria


University of Lagos

The University of Lagos was founded in 1962. It presently has three Campuses in Yaba and Surulere. From a modest intake of 131 students in 1962, enrolment in the university has now grown to over 40,000. The University’s staff strength is 3,365 made up as follows: 1,386 Administrative and Technical, 1,164 Junior and 813 Academic Staff.



Obafemi Awolowo University

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is one of three Universities established in Nigeria between 1961 and 1962 as a result of the report submitted to the Federal Government in September, 1960, by a Commission it appointed in April 1959 under the Chairmanship of Sir Eric Ashby, Master of Clare College, Cambridge, to survey the needs of post-secondary and higher education in Nigeria over the next twenty years.


Covenant University

Covenant University is the first private university to make the list of the best universities in Nigeria. It is a part of the Liberation Commission that God gave to the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Bishop David Oyedepo, (Ph.D.) some years ago.


Ahmadu Bello University

Ahmadu Bello University began full operation in 1962, on the cites of these educational institutions: the defunct Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, founded in 1955; the Clerical Training Centre, Kongo, founded in 1957; the Samaru Agricultural Research Station, established in 1924, and the Shika Livestock Farm, started in 1928.

The University was named after Sir Ahmadu Bello (1901-1966), “the Sardauna of Sokoto” and the Premier of Northern Nigeria. As the first Chancellor of the’ University, Sir Ahmadu Bello performed its Opening Ceremony on the 4th of October, 1962. In 1975, the University was taken over by the Federal Government through a Decree (the Ahmadu Bello University [Transitional] Provisions Decree of 1975), thus becoming a Federal University.

The total student enrolment in the University’s degree and sub-degree programmes is about 35,000, drawn from every State of the Federation, Africa and the rest of the world. Currently, the University has about 1,400 academic and research staff and over 6000 non-teaching, senior and junior administrative staff.

The University has also nurtured two University Colleges, – the Abdullahi Bayero College (now Bayero University), Kano and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology), Bauchi, while 27 institutions made up of Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Schools of Basic or Preliminary Studies are currently affiliated to it.


Federal University of Technology Minna

This is the first university of technology on our list of the best universities in Nigeria. It was established on 1st February, 1983. The objective for its establishment is to give effect to the Nation’s drive for the much-needed self-reliance in Science, Engineering and especially Technology. It is a specialized University of Technology.


University of Ilorin

University of Ilorin, is located in Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State. It was one of the seven institutions of higher learning established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in August, 1975. This step, taken to implement one of the educational directives of the country’s Third National Development Plan, was aimed at providing more opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire university education and to generate high level man-power, so vital for the rapidly expanding economy.

The University began as a University College affiliated to the oldest university in Nigeria in 1975 under the leadership of the then principal, Dr. T.N. Tamuno. The first set of 200 students, selected following an entrance examination, were admitted into residence on 23 October 1976, while academic work started on 25 October after the Principal’s address. The University College started with three academic faculties of Arts, Science and Education.

University of Benin

The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1st July, 1971.


University of Abuja

The University took off from a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada, tagged the “mini – campus”. Academic activities started on the mini – campus in 1990. In the 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.


Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO)

FUTO is the Oldest University of Technology in Nigeria. It was established in 1980 by Executive fiat with the composition and appointment of the first provisional Council by Nigeria’s First Executive President, Shehu Shagari. It became the first of three such Universities set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria who sought to establish a University of Technology in each geo-political region and particularly in a State which did not have a conventional University.


Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State (FUNAAB) was established on January 1, 1988 by the Federal Government when four Universities of Technology, earlier merged in 1984, were demerged. This led to the creation of the first two Universities of Agriculture in Abeokuta and Makurdi.


Afe Babalola University

Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), a Federal Government-licensed, and Non-Profit Private University is a model which is unique in many ways. In founding the university, the purpose and objective of the Founder is to reform education in Nigeria by providing and leading others in quality education, service, industry and character as well as discipline. The university operates collegiate system and has five of such colleges. They are: College of Law, College of Sciences, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Social and Management Sciences.


Landmark University

Landmark University is a private University established by the Living Faith Church World Wide, committed to raising leaders who shall be equipped with skills and character to lead the world in meeting the needs of humanity-FOOD. The focus is to assist the nation and indeed the continent of Africa in self-discovery so that she may recover her leading position in education and in civilization, as it was in the 20th century.


University of Port Harcourt

The University of Port Harcourt is a university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. It was established in 1975 as University College, Port Harcourt and was given University status in 1977. The University of Port Harcourt was ranked the sixth in Africa and the first in Nigeria by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2015.


Samuel Adegboyega University

Samuel Adegboyega University (SAU) is located in Ogwa, Edo State, Nigeria. It was founded by The Apostolic Church Nigeria and named after Pastor Samuel Adegboyega. The university was founded in 2011 and was given a temporary accreditation by the National Universities Commission. In the spring of 2015, there were rumors that the university was listed for de-accreditation, though this was denied by the university’s vice-chancellor. The inaugural class, consisting of 58 students, graduated in September 2015.


Federal University of Technology Akure

The Federal University of Technology Akure (informally FUT Akure or simply FUTA) was founded in 1981 under a drive by the government of Nigeria to create universities that specialised in producing graduates with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of technologies. It is located in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State.


University of Jos

The University of Jos started as a Campus of the University of Ibadan in November, 1971, with the appointment of Professor E. A. Ayandele as its first Acting Principlal. Its first students admitted in January, 1972 were pre-degree students. Degree courses in Arts were introduced in October 1973 and in Science and Education the following year. The same year, the Bauchi Road Campus which then accommodated only the Faculties of Natural, environmental, Medical Sciences and Education was acquired.


Bayero University kano

The seed of Bayero University Kano was the Ahmadu Bello College set up in 1960, located within the School for Arabic Studies (SAS), in the old city of Kano. With the establishment of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1962, it was renamed Abdullahi Bayero College. In 1964 it moved to a temporary site at the old Kano Airport Hotel, admitting its first set of ten undergraduate students for a B.A. degree programme of Ahmadu Bello University.


Babcock University

BU began on September 17, 1959 as Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA). Established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a senior college for training church workers from the West African sub-region. ACWA opened its doors with only seven ministerial students.

ACWA became the first institution in Nigeria to sign and operate an affiliation agreement with Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA. This relationship enabled it to award Bachelor of Arts degrees from Andrews University in Biology, Business Administration, History, Religion and Secretarial Studies. In 1975, ACWA was renamed Adventist Seminary of West Africa (ASWA) in response to the dynamics of its socio-political environment.


Lagos state University

Also known as LASU – was established in 1983 by the enabling Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, for the advancement of learning and establishment of academic excellence. The university caters for a population of over 35,000 students enrolled for full-time. The university also offers courses at Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Lagos State University is located in Ojo, a town in Lagos State, Nigeria. LASU is the only state university in the former British colony. Lagos State University offers diploma, degree and post graduate programmes including an MBA programme.


Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike(MOUAU) is one of the three specialized universities of agriculture established by the Federal government of Nigeria in 1992.


Federal University Oye Ekiti

FUOYE is a government-owned and -operated Nigerian university that was founded in 2011 by Dr. goodluck Jonathan. The university is in the ancient city of Oye-Ekiti. The university has 7 faculties and a school of postgraduate studies. In total, it has 53 Departments, namely:

i. The Faculty of Agriculture (Agricultural Economics and Extension, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Soil Science, Animal Science, Crop Production and Horticulture, Food Science Technology, Water Resources and Agrometerology)

ii. The Faculty of Engineering (Agricultural and Bio-Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Material and Metallurgical Engineering)

iii. Faculty of Social Sciences (Demography and Social Statistics, Economics and Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Mass Communication)

iv. The Faculty of Arts/Humanities (English and Literary Studies, Theatre and Media Arts, History and International Relations, Linguistics)

v. The Faculty of Science (Animal and Environmental Biology, Biochemistry, Geology, Computer Science, Geophysics, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Plant Science and Biotechnology)

vi. The Faculty of Education (Mathematics Education, English Education, Biology Education, Library and Information Science, Chemistry Education, Business Education, Agricultural Education and Educational Management) The Faculty of Management (Accounting, Banking and Finance, Public Administration, Business Administration).


American University of Nigeria

AUN is a private university in northeastern Nigeria that offers American style higher education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Founded in 2004 by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Adamawa state, it is the only American style university in Sub-Saharan Africa. The university consists of five schools.


Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology is an autonomous public institution with the general function of providing liberal higher education and encouragement to the rapid advancement of learning throughout. The university is jointly owned by two states in Nigeria: Oyo and Osun states. The entire student body population is presently about 20,000. For two consequtive seasons, 2003 and 2004, the university has been adjudged by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) as the best state university in Nigeria. The university has two campuses: ogbomoso and osogbo campuses and is currently made up of six faculties and a college.


Kwara state University

Kwara State University, also known as KWASU, is the 77th university to be registered by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC). It is the 95th university to be recognized in Nigeria. The university was established by the administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki in 2009, and envisioned to be more than a typical university in Nigeria. It was designed to be a center for community service and entrepreneurship.


University of Uyo

UNIUYO is located in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The university was formerly known as the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS). On October 1, 1991 the federal government of Nigeria established it as a federal university and the name was changed to the University of Uyo.

The university inherited students, staff, academic programmes and the entire facilities of the erstwhile University of Cross River State established by Cross River State in 1983. Academic activities commenced during the 1991/92 academic session. UNIUYO has about 12 faculties, the postgraduate school and the school of continuing Education.


Enugu state university of science and technology

The University was established as a non residential multi-campus institution. It had four campuses. They include, Enugu, Awka, Nnewi and Abakaliki. Abakaliki campus took care of Agric Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, while Awka campus was for students of Basic Applied Sciences, Law and Social Sciences, Nnewi campus catered for Health Sciences comprising Medicine and Dentistry while the main campus in Enugu housed Engineering, Technology, Management Sciences and the rest.

Each of the campuses had a Deputy Vice-Chancellor as the administrative head.In 1991, following the creation of Enugu State from the old Anambra State the new Government changed name from ASUTECH to ESUT.


Rivers state university of science and technology

The Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) Port Harcourt was established in October, 1980 from the Rivers State College of Science and Technology which was itself established in 1972. It is located at Nkpolu-Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria.

It is the first Technological University in Nigeria and the first state owned State University in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The motto of the University is “Excellence and Creativity”. The University has a staff strength of 1,870 and a student population of between 15,000 to 29,939. The University is ranked as the 16th 12th among 80 other Universities in Nigeria.

The University has seven faculties; Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Management Sciences, Science and Technical and Science Education; and a Postgraduate School.


Usman Danfodio University

The Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (formerly University of Sokoto) is one of the four Universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in September 1975, at which time three University Colleges (now full-fledged Universities) were established.

Classes started in October 20th, 1977, with an initial enrolment of ninety-three undergraduate students for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts/Science in Education and Bachelor of Science; and an academic staff strength of thirty-three.

Presently, there are 10 faculties and a postgraduate school in the University. The faculties are: Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, College of Health Sciences, Education and Extention Services, Law, Management Sciences, pharmaceutical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is a Federal university in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State’s capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi. It came into being as an offshoot of the defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH).

The University had a population of 24,706 for the full-time and 12,476 students for the part-time programmes during the 2004/2005 academic year. The university has the following faculties: Agriculture, Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Biosciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences and Technology, Law, Management Sciences, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences


Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University

The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU, Bauchi was established in 1980 as the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Bauchi, located in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with Dr. Jerome Udoji and Professor A. O. Adekola as the pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor respectively, while Alh. Adamu Aliyu was the first Registrar of the University. The University started full academic activity at the Yelwa Campus in October, 1981 with the admission of its first batch of 100 students into her Pre-Degree Programme, while Degree Programmes began in 1982 in the Faculty of Science and Science Education.


University of Agriculture, Makurdi

The Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (FUAM) established on 1st of January, 1988 had evolved from the defunct Federal University of Technology which was established in 1980 and later became the Makurdi campus of the University of Jos (UniJos) in October, 1980.


Olabisi Onabanjo University

The civilian Government of Ogun State in 1979 expressed its desire and determination to establish more Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and a University for the State during its first term in office. Thus, by a letter dated 19th January 1982, the then Honourable Commissioner for Education convened the Planning committee for the establishment of Ogun State University. On Monday, 31st January, 1983 the University opened its doors to its first set of students, numbering a little over 500 in all. On Friday, 30th January, 1987, the University held its first convocation ceremony, formally graduating 285 students who had completed and passed their examinations as at 17th September, 1986.


Adekunle Ajasin University

AAU is a state government owned and operated Nigerian university. The university is in Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. Adekunle Ajasin University was first established as Obafemi Awolowo University in March 1982 by the government of the old Ondo State, headed by the late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin. The university has 6 faculties and about 43 departments


Ekiti state University

The hint for creation of the University came during 1979 Nigeria general elections, when a gubernatorial candidate for Ondo State, Chief M. A. Ajasin made the university creation one of his campaign promises. The 1st matriculation ceremony was held on Friday 25th March, 1983 at the Assembly Hall, Ajitadidun Temporary Campus, Ado-Ekiti.


Osun state university

Osun State University is a multi-campus university established by Osun State Government under the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. The university currently operates six campuses distributed across the six administrative/geopolitical zones of the state.

Nigeria’s National Universities Commission approved Osun State University on December 21, 2006, as the 30th State University and the 80th in the Nigerian university system. It has its campuses in Osogbo, Ikire, Okuku, Ifetedo, Ipetu Ijesha and Ejigbo which serves as campuses for Health science, Humanities and Culture, Social science and Management, Law, Education and Agriculture respectively.

Osun State University had its first convocation ceremony in 2011 under the administration of state Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. The university had a reputation of not being involved in the Nationwide ASUU strike until the 2013 ASUU strike which lasted for over five months. The university also has a reputation as one of the fastest universities in Nigeria, based on the quick academic calendar the school operates.


Redeemers University

It has always been the desire of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to make input into university education in Nigeria, having been convinced of the great role university education can play in the social and technological development of a nation.  This dream could not come true because of the existence of Decree No. 19 of 1984, which proscribed and banned the establishment and operation of private universities.

The opportunity was however made available by the Federal Government, when Decree No. 9 of 1993 was promulgated allowing private individuals or organizations to establish universities in Nigeria, provided they meet certain criteria laid down by the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission.


Ebonyi State University

Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki was founded in 1999 in Abakaliki, Nigeria. The university’s medical faculty was established in 1991 as ESUT’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Many of its facilities were developed in response to a Guinea worm pandemic; the Abakaliki Specialist Hospital, created for this purpose, was remodelled to become Ebonyi State University’s primary teaching hospital.

It was subsequently granted accreditation by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) for the training of medical students and resident doctors. Since it became part of Ebonyi State University, the medical school has received considerable funding from the Ebonyi government. The faculties includes; Agriculture & Natural Resource Management, Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Education, Health Science & Technology, Law, Management Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, School of Post Graduate studies


Nasarawa state university Keffi

NSUK was established under the Nasarawa State Law No. 2 of 2001 as passed by the State House of Assembly. The aim of establishing the University was, fundamentally, to provide an avenue for the indigenes of Nasarawa State to pursue and acquire University education, which in the long run, would prepare the graduates, and equip them with adequate skills needed for the development of the state and the country at large.


Federal University, Udufu Alike Ikwo

The Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) is a relatively young Nigerian University located in Ndufu Alike Ikwo Local Government Area in the South Eastern State of Ebonyi. It was established in 2011 by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. It has 7 faculties which includes; Agriculture, Basic Medical Sciences, Education, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Management and Social Sciences, Sciences

University of Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) is located in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State in northeast Nigeria. The university was created by the federal government in 1975, with the intention of its becoming one of the country’s principal higher-education institutions. It enrolls about 25,000 students in its combined programs, which include a college of medicine and faculties of agriculture, arts, dentistry, education, engineering, law, management science, pharmacy, science, social science, and veterinary medicine.

With the encouragement of the federal government, the university has recently been increasing its research efforts, particularly in the fields of agriculture and conflict resolution, and expanding the university press. The university is the major higher institution of learning in the north-eastern part of the country.


Tai Solarin University of Education

Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED, pronounced TARSUD), established on 29th January 2005 by the administration of His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is a unique tertiary institution in the country. Apart from being the first of its kind in Nigeria, she also shares a unique feature as the only institution in the country that offers both the Bachelor’s degree programmes in education (B.Ed.) and trains National Certificate of Education (NCE) graduates within the same academic environment.

TASUED is a transformation of the then Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) that was formerly Ogun State College of Education established in 1978. Students and staff statistics as at January 2005 showed that there were 12,544 both N.C. E. and Degree (full time and part-time) with a staff strength of about 669 of which 43% were teaching staff in all the 8 Schools in the College.


Al-Hikmah University

It was established in 2005 by the Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji Islamic Foundation (AROIF) in Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria. The University came into existence via the granting of License to operate as a Conventional Private University by the Federal Government of Nigeria License No. 010 on 7th January, 2005.

It commenced academic activities during the 2005/2006 academic session with 70 students spreading across the three (3) take-off Colleges: Humanities, Management Sciences and Natural Sciences. By the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic session, Al-Hikmah University could showcase four (4) colleges with the addition of College of Education to the previous colleges. By that time, the population of students was about three thousand (3000).


Nile University of Nigeria

The Nigerian Tulip International College started with humble beginnings in September 1998.  The school opened with 23 students on a rented site at Cairo Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.  Like an acorn, the NTIC has proliferated into a network of schools located in Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun and Yobe States.

This phenomenal growth is attributable to the quality of Education obtainable in the NTIC Group of Schools.  It is against this background that the parents and students of the NTIC have mounted pressure on the Management to establish a university that will carry on the tradition of the NTIC at the tertiary level. In response to this, the parent company of the NTIC (SURAT Nigeria Ltd) came up with the idea of having a world class university in Abuja. This is how the Nile University of Nigeria was born.


Veritas University

It was founded by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria through a resolution given at its March 2002 meeting in Abuja.
The initiative came from the Bishops’ quest for a University that would provide high quality tertiary education according to the noble tradition of the Catholic Church. A provisional License to operate the University was granted by the National Universities Commission in May 2007.

The permanent site of the University is located in Bwari, Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The University commenced admission of students in October 2008, for the 2008/2009 academic year at its take-off campus in Obehie Town, Abia State, Nigeria.


University of Calabar

University of Calabar grew out of the Calabar campus of University of Nigeria (UNN), Nigeria which began functioning during the 1973 academic session with 154 students and a small cadre of academic, administration and professional staff. In April 1975, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria announced that as part of the National Development Plan, seven new Universities were to be established at various locations in the country.

The University of Calabar was one of the seven Universities set up under this programme. The new autonomous institution started academic work with the faculties of Arts, Science and Social Science in October 1976 with an initial enrolment of 896 students. Of this number, 406 students were carried over from the University of Nigeria. The teaching, administrative and technical staff either transferred from the University of Nigeria (UNN) or newly recruited, numbered about 156. Currently, the student population stands at 40,645.


Imo state university

The last university on our list of the best universities in Nigeria is IMSU. The university was established in 1981 through Law No. 4 passed by the Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri. This was amended by Edict 27 of 1985, another in 1986 and finally for the relocation by the Law No. 2 of 1992. Academic activities commenced at the temporary site located at the former Madonna High School, Ihitte, with Professor M. J. C. Echeruo as its First Vice-Chancellor.

The decision to establish a State University arose when the absence of a Federal University was greatly left by the people of Imo State whose major industry is education. The State had so many qualified candidates who could not be admitted by the existing Universities. The Government of Imo State under Chief Sam Mbakwe sought for and obtained the approval of the Federal Government for the establishment of Imo State University as a Liberal Studies tertiary institution in the State.

Initially the University was designed as a Multi-Campus Structure with one College to be located in each Senatorial District of the then Imo State with its main campus located at Etiti in the Okigwe Senatorial Zone while the Aba Campus, in Aba Zone, housed the College of Business and Legal Studies. The Multi-Campus structure was phased out because of logistics. They University was then relocated to Okigwe in one Campus. The creation of Abia State in 1992 automatically meant that geographically the permanent site/campus of IMSU at Uturu Okigwe fell under Abia State’s boundary.

This led to the urgent establishment of Imo State University Owerri by Governor Evan Enwerem and eventual mandate and relocation of Federal University of Owerri (FUTO) from IMSU’s present day Lake Nwaebere Campus to FUTO’s present day Ihiagwa Campus.


In conclusion to this list of best Universities in Nigeria, it is very important to bear in mind that this list is only for 2018. As we make progress, we will bring you the list of the best universities for 2019 and subsequent years. Thus this list is subject to continuous editing.



Remember that at the beginning, i stated that we looked up on many websites to help me compile this list of best universities in Nigeria. Below are few of the websites. Though, all the universities in this list of best universities in Nigeria, i visited their website.

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