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List of 45 Federal Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment

List of 45 Federal Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment. In this article, you will see the full list of Federal Universities in Nigeria. Federal universities are established and funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria and are characterized by low tuition fees and a high rate of intakes.

List of Federal Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment

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You might want to ask, how many federal universities are in Nigeria? Well, as at the time of publishing this article, there are 45 federal universities in Nigeria. However, there are plans on ground to establish more. These universities offer various programmes ad different levels; basic programmes, diploma, bachelor and postgraduate programmes.  Federal universities in Nigeria

Are you a student or a parent searching for universities with low tuition fees? If yes, consider federal universities. I know of a federal university in Nigeria that still collect as low as N50,000 per session as school fees from students. In this article, you will see the names of federal universities in Nigeria and their dates of establishment.

Before we go on…

What is a Federal University?

Federal Universities are established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to meet the various educational need of the country. In Nigeria, there are Federal Universities of Technology, Federal Universities of Agriculture and Federal Universities of Education.

Like every other university in Nigeria, All Federal Universities in Nigeria are regulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The_NUC oversees everything related to course accreditation and general regulations. The NUC ensures there is uniformity in standards among the universities in Nigeria and sets the admissions capacity of every university in Nigeria.

Advantages of Federal Universities

As I mentioned earlier, Federal universities in Nigeria are the most affordable. They are characterised by low tuition fees, low to minimal levels of extortion and corruption. One reason why the school fees in Federal universities are low is that the Federal Government is subsidising tuition fees thus making them almost free for students.

Apart from low school fees, students who graduated from Federal Universities in Nigeria tend to get some respect over those who attended private schools.

Admission Process in Federal Universities

Because of these advantages, admissions into Federal Universities in Nigeria becomes very competitive.

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Like other universities, admission into first degree programmes in Federal Universities is done through Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB.

JAMB conducts Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) to determine the ranking eligibility for admission. Candidates need to score high in UTME to stand a chance of getting admission.

After the UTME, some federal universities do conduct post-utme exams to screen the candidates and select eligible ones for admission after also considering their O’Level results (WASSCE,_NECO, NABTEB). jamb result checker

Federal universities also admit students into various programmes via direct entry. Direct entry admission is for students who have at least A’level certification, OND, NCE, HND or degree.

Federal universities in Nigeria also offer various postgraduate programmes and award different kinds training and certifications. The aim of Federal Universities is to provide trained manpower to improve the Nigerian economy.

List of Federal Universities in Nigeria and their Years of Establishment

1 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi 1988
2 Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1962
3 Bayero University, Kano 1975
4 Federal University Gashua, Yobe. 2013
5 Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun 2007
6 Federal University of Technology, Akure 1981
7 Federal University of Technology, Minna 1982
8 Federal University of Technology, Owerri 1980
9 Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State 2011
10 Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina 2011
11 Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State 2011
12 Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State 2011
13 Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State 2011
14 Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State 2011
15 Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa. 2011
16 Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State 2011
17 Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State 2011
18 Federal University, Birnin Kebbi 2013
19 Federal University, Gusau Zamfara 2013
20 Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike 1992
21 Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola 1981
22 National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos 2002
23 Nigeria Police Academy Wudil 2013
24 Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna 1985
25 Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka 1992
26 Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife 1962
27 University of Abuja, Gwagwalada 1988
28 Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta 1988
29 University of Agriculture, Makurdi 1988
30 University of Benin mtn night plan code 1970
31 University of Calabar 1975
32 University of Ibadan 1948
33 University of Ilorin 1975
34 University of Jos. 1975
35 University of Lagos 1962
36 University of Maiduguri 1975
37 University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1960
38 University of Port-Harcourt 1975
39 University of Uyo 1991
40 Usumanu Danfodiyo University 1975
41 Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State 2018
42 Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna 2018
43 Nigerian Army University Biu 2018
44 University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State 2020
45 Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State 2020

The Cheapest Federal university in Nigeria

The cheapest federal university in Nigeria is the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta with school fees below N20,000 in some Faculties.

See the top 10 cheapest Federal Universities below;

  • Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (Current school fees ranges between N18,250 and N33,000).
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Current school fees ranges N20,000 and N33,000)
  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan (Current school fees ranges N20,000 and N35,000)
  • University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (Current school fees ranges N14,500 and N65,000)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. (Current school fees ranges between N19,500 and N30,000)
  • University of Benin, Benin City (Current school fees ranges between N13,000 and N49,000)
  • Bayero University, Kano (Current school fees ranges between N26,000 to N40,000)
  • University of Calabar, Calabar (Current school fees ranges between N30,000 to N42,000)
  • National Open University of Nigeria (Current school fees ranges between N36,000 to N41,000)
  • University of Abuja, Abuja, FCT (Current school fees ranges between N39,300 and N42,300)

Top 10 federal universities in Nigeria in World Ranking

See the top 10 federal universities in Nigeria below;

1 1258 University of Ibadan
2 1374 Covenant University Ota
3 1685 University of Nigeria
4 1742 Obafemi Awolowo University
5 1836 University of Lagos jamb result checker
6 2285 Ahmadu Bello University
7 2492 University of Port Harcourt
8 2517 Federal University of Technology Akure
9 2700 University of Benin
10 2901 Adekunle Ajasin University

Best 5 federal University in Nigeria according to Worl Raking

See the best 5 federal university in Nigeria below;

1 1258 University of Ibadan.
2 1374 Covenant University Ota
3 1685 University of Nigeria
4 1742 Obafemi Awolowo University
5 1836 University of Lagos

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