Top Ten Best Universities in Nigeria

What are the most popular Universities in Nigeria? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2020 Nigerian University Ranking of 160 Nigerian higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Nigerian higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

Our aim is to provide a non-academic League Table of the top Nigerian Universities based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.

1. University of Lagos (Unilag)

Founded in 1962, University of Lagos is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Lagos (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants). This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Idi-Araba, Yaba. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, University of Lagos (UNILAG) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Lagos (UNILAG) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 58 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 10-20% making this Nigerian higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

2. Covenant University

Established in 2002, Covenant University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Ota (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Ogun. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, Covenant University (CU) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 6,000-6,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Pentecostal religion. Covenant University (CU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 17 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Nigerian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

3. University of Nigeria (Nsukka)

Established in 1960, University of Nigeria is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Nsukka (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Enugu. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Enugu, Aba. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, University of Nigeria (UNN) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 40,000-44,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Nigeria (UNN) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 60 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Nigerian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Established in 1962, Obafemi Awolowo University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Ile-Ife (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Osun. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 58 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

5. University of Ilorin (UniIlorin)

Established in 1975, University of Ilorin is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Ilorin (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Kwara. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, University of Ilorin (UIL) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Ilorin (UIL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 45 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

6. Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU)

Established in 1962, Ahmadu Bello University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Zaria (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Kaduna. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 57 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 90-100% making this Nigerian higher education organization a least selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

7. University of Abuja (UniAbuja)

Established in 1988, University of Abuja is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Abuja (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Federal Capital Territory. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, University of Abuja is a coeducational higher education institution. University of Abuja offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 32 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

8. Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA)

Founded in 1981, Federal University of Technology, Akure is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Akure (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Ondo. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 39 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this Nigerian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

9. University of Ibadan 

Established in 1948, University of Ibadan is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Ibadan (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Oyo. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, University of Ibadan (UI) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Ibadan (UI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 72 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Nigerian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

10. Federal University of Technology Minna (FutMinna)

Established in 1982, Federal University of Technology, Minna is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Minna (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Niger. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Bosso. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 38 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this Nigerian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

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