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NUC’s 2015 List of Top Universities in Nigeria | Ranking

National Universities Commission (NUC) was established in 1962 as an advisory agency in the Cabinet Office. However in 1974, it became a statutory body and the first Executive Secretary, in the person of Prof. Jibril Aminu was then appointed.

The Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) released earlier this year its yearly ranking for the top legally recognized tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The University of Lagos (UNILAG) comes top of the list while the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (OAU) and University of Ibadan (UI), both in Oyo State come in the next two spots. Covenant University is the private tertiary institution with the highest ranking.

This comprehensive list contains the best Universities in Nigeria (top 100) which must fall in one of these categories: Federal Universities, State Universities and Private Universities.

The schools that are in this list are also all based in Nigeria, fully accredited by Nigerian University Commission (NUC) and have more than 1000 students

List of Top 100 Universities in Nigeria

Below are the list of the top 100 ranked Universities in Nigeria:

  1. University of Lagos (UNILAG) :

The University of Lagos – popularly known as UNILAG – is a federal government research university in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria.

Motto: In deed and in truth.

Nickname: Akokites

University of Lagos  (UNILAG) is a very know University in Nigeria and a major player in Nigerian Tertiary Education and have been in top five Universities in Nigeria for over 10 years now and has recently clime to the top. Known to have produced a lot of prominent Nigerians, a choice of Nigerian celebrities, perhaps as result of the location – Lagos. All in all, UNILAG is the best University in Nigeria and the ranking totally agreed with me.

  1. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU):

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federal government owned and operated Nigerian university. The university is in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

OAU was the ranked first University in Nigeria before they were recently dethroned by Unilag. Named after Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a legendary Nigerian politician and one of the fathers of Nigerian Nationalism, OAU is a force to reckon in Nigerian Education and the raking is well deserved for them, one position down is not bad considering the fierce competition in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions.

  1. University of Ibadan (UI):
    The University of Ibadan(UI) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious Nigerian universities, and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria.
    University of Ibadan (UI) is known for her seriousness in studies and have produced brilliant sets of students. One of the most study oriented Universities in Nigeria.
  2. University of Ilorin, Ilorin (UNILORIN):
    UNILORIN was established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975 and is a federal government owned tertiary institution of education located in Ilorin, Kwara State, western Nigeria.
    South Western Nigerian kept on showing they are the force to reckon Nigerian Education and four Federal Universities from the section makes the list of the first four Universities in Nigeria.
    University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) was ranked as the best University in Nigeria two years ago but have went down to fourth this year. I believe they are still fighting to regain their lost position as they first but regaining the position is another question altogether. They are the first to lose the first position, are they?
  3. Covenant University, Ota (CU):
    Covenant University is located in Ota and is own by Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel. Covenant University is the best private University in Nigeria and the 5th best University in Nigeria. The other four above them are Federal Universities; this means that Covenant University is ranked above any State and Private University in Nigeria.
    Known for their strict rules and regulations which makes it a no nonsense University, the owner of the school Bishop David Oyedepo said that he want the school to be the best in Nigeria and seeing it’s the fifth best, the school it’s on the way to realizing the Bishop’s vision. CU is a very costly University but it worth all the pennies – a penny well spent so to speak!
  4. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA):
    FUTMINNA specializes in technological education. The University is a designated Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and has a core competence in the development of vaccines and drugs.
    Located in the state capital of Niger State, Federal University of Technology, Minna the sixth ranked Nigerian University which happens to be the most ranked University in Northern Nigeria.
    This epic rise of the school is a surprise and the most of it, Northern University for a long time have ranked above any South Eastern Nigerian Universities. Good work by the institution.
  5. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN):
    University of Nigeria (UNN), commonly referred to as UNN, is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Founded in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has four campuses – Nsukka, Enugu and Ituku-Ozalla – located in Enugu State and one in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria.
    UNN used to be the best Nigerian University but that was long time ago. Good to see they are coming up in the ranking after what can only be described by ‘the law of diminishing return’. Seventh is not a bad raking for the school but I think they are University of Nigeria and should just act like it.
    This is not me undertalking them, I just think they should do better. UNN happens to be the highest ranked University in South eastern Nigeria (for now). They are arguably the school that produced highest Nigerian Elites in all sectors.
  6. University of Benin (UNIBEN):
    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 1 July 1971.
    Motto: Knowledge for Service
    UNIBEN has been in the first 5 Nigerian University for the past decade, ranking eighth of present means something should be corrected somewhere. Let’s just hope it will not take the institution long to rectify it. I also hope the institution management should know how to handle the menace of cultists in Ekesodium. Uniben is the highest ranked Nigerian University in South Southern Nigeria. Quality Nigerian University.
  7. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT):
    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.
    UNIPORT is ranked just behind Uniben and both should are from the same South Southern region and are Federal. The high cost of the school and the standard of leaving in the city means they should do better. Glad they are.
  8. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU):
    Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university located in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on October 4, 1962 as the University of Northern Nigeria.
    ABU is a great school, they are the biggest Nigerian University and Second biggest in Africa (land mass) just behind University of Cairo. A great school and have proceed many prominent Nigerians like Akiku Abubarkar and others.
  9. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) 
  10. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  11. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt (RSUST)
  12. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
  13. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  14. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  15. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  16. Redeemer’s University, Mowe 
  17. Bayero University Kano (BUK)
  18. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)

Below are the list of the remaining 80 universities:

21. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso

22. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Dutsin-Ma

23 Federal University of Technology, Owerri

24 Federal University, Oye-Ekiti.

25 Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti

26 Osun State University, Oshogbo.

27 Paul University, Awka

28 Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti

29 Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko

30 Federal University, Dutse.

31 University of Uyo, Uyo

32 University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

33 University of Abuja, Abuja

34 Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki

35 Veritas University, Abuja

36 Madonna University, Okija.

37 University of Calabar, Calabar

38 Nasarawa State University, Keffi

39 Pan African University, Lagos

40 Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

41 Lead City University, Ibadan

42 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi

43 Kwara State University, Ilorin

44 Delta State University, Abraka, Abraka

45 Baze University, Abuja

46 Bingham University, Auta Balifi

47 Bells University of Technology, Ota

48 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University,  Katsina

49 Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo.

50 Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun

51 Benue State University, Makurdi

52 Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu

53 Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji

54 Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island Yenagoa

55 African University of Science and Technology, Abuja

56 Kaduna State University, Kaduna

57 Federal University, Lokoja.

58 Igbinedion University Okada, Okada.

59 Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai

60 Fountain University, Oshogbo

61 American University of Nigeria, Yola

62 Achievers University, Owo

63 Ondo State University of Science & Technology, Okitipupa

64 Obong University, Obong Ntak

65 Crawford University, Faith City …

66 Federal University, Otuoke

67 Anambra State University, Uli

68 Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye

69 Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode …

70 Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola

71 Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo Town

72 Imo State University, Owerri

73 Caleb University, Imota

74 Federal University, Ndufu-Alike

75 University of Mkar, Mkar

76 Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja

77 Novena University, Ogume

78 Adeleke University, Ede

79 Renaissance University, Enugu

80 Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin.

81 Caritas University, Enugu

82 Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto

83 Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero

84 Benson Idahosa University
Benin City

85 Oduduwa University, Ile Ife

86 Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia

87 Bowen University, Iwo

88 Adamawa State University, Mubi

89 Crescent University, Abeokuta

90 Cross River University of Science & Technology, Calabar

91 Gombe State University, Gombe

92 Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin

93 Abia State University, Uturu

94 Wellspring University, Benin City

95 Yobe State University, Damaturu

96 Western Delta University, Oghara

97 Federal University, Lafia

98 Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo City

99 Bauchi State University, Gadau

100 Federal University, Kashere

101 Federal University, Wukari, Wukari

102 Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa

103 Taraba State University, Jalingo

104 Sokoto State University, Sokoto

105 Kwararafa University Wukari.

106 Tansian University, Umunya …

107 Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo

108 Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike

109 Salem University, Lokoja

110 Plateau State University, Bokkos

111 Katsina University, Katsina

112 Kogi State University, Anyigba

113 Rhema University, Aba


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1 Comment

  • Sadiq Mw

    University of Ilorin is not South Western university; although it is mainly Yoruba.