List of 99 Private Universities in Nigeria and their Dates of Establishment

List of 99 Private Universities in Nigeria and their Dates of Establishment. In this article, you will see the full list of Private Universities in Nigeria. Different private universities are established and funded by different individuals or privately owned corporate organisations. Private universities are characterised by high tuition fees compared to federal and state universities.

List of 53 State Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment

You might want to ask, how many private universities are in Nigeria? Well, as at the time of publishing this article, there are 99 private universities in Nigeria. However, there are plans on the ground to establish more. These universities offer various programmes ad different levels; basic programmes, diploma, bachelor and postgraduate programmes.  private universities in Nigeria

In this article, my work is to give full list of private universities in Nigeria, and I will do just that. But my concentration will be on the full list of private universities in Nigeria as released by the Nigerian Union of Universities NUC recently with their Vice Chancellors, and possibly with their individual university’s website, should anybody want to know more about these schools. Below are the updates:

Are you a student or a parent searching for universities with low tuition fees? If yes, consider federal or state universities. If you have the money, then go to a private school. In this article, you will see the names of state universities in Nigeria and their dates of establishment.

Before we go on…

What is a Private University?

Private Universities are established by individuals, NGOs or corporate organisations both for the purpose of meeting various educational needs and for profit. In Nigeria, there are Private Universities of Medicine, Private Universities of Technology, Private Universities of Agriculture and Private Universities of Education.

Many private Universities have substantial income from tuition and fees, donations (such as from alumni or philanthropists), and revenue from royalties.

Like the Federal and State Universitoes, All the Private 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 Private Universities

Private universities in Nigeria are the most expensive. They are characterised by higher tuition fees, high levels of expenses. One advantage is the ease of getting admission. If you have the money, simply apply for admission in any of the private school and offer your course of choice and your chances of getting admitted is high.

Admission Process in State Universities

Because of high tuition and other fee, admissions into Private Universities in Nigeria are less competitive.

Like other universities, admission into first degree programmes in Private Universities is also 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 state 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

Private 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.

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

List of Private Universities in Nigeria and their Dates of Establishment

1 Achievers University, Owo 2007
2 Adeleke University, Ede 2011
3 Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State 2009
4 African University of Science & Technology, Abuja 2007
5 Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan 2005
6 Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. 2005
7 Al-Qalam University, Katsina 2005
8 American University of Nigeria, Yola 2003
9 Augustine University 2015
10 Babcock University,Ilishan-Remo 1999
11 Baze University 2011
12 Bells University of Technology, Otta 2005
13 Benson Idahosa University, Benin City 2002
14 Bingham University, New Karu 2005
15 Bowen University, Iwo 2001
16 Caleb University, Lagos 2007
17 Caritas University, Enugu 2005
19 Chrisland University 2015
20 Covenant University Ota 2002
21 Crawford University Igbesa 2005
22 Crescent University 2005
23 Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo 2015
24 Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin 2012
25 Evangel University, Akaeze airtel data plan 2012
26 Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo 2007
27 Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State 2009
28 Gregory University, Uturu 2012
29 Hallmark University. 2015
30 Hezekiah University, Umudi 2015
31 Igbinedion University Okada 1999
32 Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji 2006
33 Kings University 2015
34 Kwararafa University, Wukari 2005
35 Landmark University, Omu-Aran. 2011
36 Lead City University, Ibadan 2005
37 Madonna University, Okija 1999
38 Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo 2012
39 Micheal & Cecilia University 2015
40 Mountain Top University 2015
41 Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja 2009
42 Novena University, Ogume 2005
43 Obong University, Obong Ntak 2007
44 Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State 2009
45 Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos 2002
46 Paul University, Awka – Anambra State 2009
47 Redeemer’s University, Mowe 2005
48 Renaissance University, Enugu 2005
49 Rhema University, Obeama-Asa Rivers State 2009
50 Ritman University 2015
51 Salem University, Lokoja 2007
52 Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa. 2011
53 Southwestern University, Oku Owa 2012
54 Summit University 2015
55 Tansian University, Umunya 2007
56 University of Mkar, Mkar 2005
57 Veritas University JAMB Result 2022 2007
58 Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State 2009
59 Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo 2007
60 Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State 2007
61 Christopher University Mowe 2015
62 Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State 2016
63 Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State 2016
64 Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State 2016
65 Legacy University, Okija Anambra State 2016
66 Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State 2016
67 Cn Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State 2016
68 Coal City University Enugu State 2016
68 Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State 2016
69 Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State 2017
70 Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State 2017
71 Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo 2017
72 PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt 2017
73 Atiba University Oyo 2017
74 Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos 2017
75 Skyline University, Kano 2018
76 Greenfield University, Kaduna 2019
77 Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State 2019
78 Trinity University Ogun State 2019
79 Westland University Iwo, Osun State 2019
80 Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State 2021
81 Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State 2021
82 Maranatha University, Mgbidi, Imo State 2021
83 Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State 2021
84 Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State 2021
85 Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State 2021
86 Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State 2021
87 Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State 2021
88 NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State 2021
89 Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State 2021
90 James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State 2021
91 Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State 2021
92 Capital City University, Kano State 2021
93 Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State 2021
94 University of Offa, Kwara State nnpc recruitment 2021
95 Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State 2021
96 Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State 2021
97 Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja 2021
98 Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State 2021
99 Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State 2021

Top 10 Private Universities in Nigeria

  1. Covenant University Ota
  2. Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti
  3. American University of Nigeria Yola
  4. Babcock University Ilishan-Remo …
  5. Pan-Atlantic University Lagos
  6. Landmark University Omu-Aran
  7. Skyline University Nigeria Kano
  8. Baze University Abuja
  9. Redeemer’s University Ede …
  10. Bowen University

14 Cheapest Private university in Nigeria

The cheapest private University in Nigeria is Oduduwa University. Below is the list of the cheap private universities in Nigeria with their tuition fee:

  • Oduduwa University – N195,000
  • Obong University, Obong Ntak – N170,000
  • Wellspring University _ N213,000
  • Caritas University – N248,000
  • Paul University, Awka – N300,000
  • Rhema University – N313,000
  • Fountain University, Osogbo – N350,000
  • Al-Hikmah University – N350,000
  • Adeleke University – N350,000
  • Novena University – N400,000
  • Crawford University – N450,000
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University – N436,000
  • Lead City University – N550,000
  • Mountain Top University (MTU School Fees) – N650,000

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Private Universities / Vice Chancellors / Websites:

1 Achievers University, Owo, headed by Professor Tunji Samuel Ibiyemi with website http://www.achievers.edu.ng 2007

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2 Adeleke University, Ede headed by Prof. Samuel E Alao with website http://www.adelekeuniversity.edu.ng 2011

3 Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State,  headed by Professor M.O Ajisafe,  with website http://www.abuad.edu.ng 2009

4 African University of Science & Technology, Abuja, headed by Professor Kingston Nyamapfene with website http://aust.edu.ng 2007

5 Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan, headed by Prof. Dapo F Asaju, with website http://www.acu.edu.ng 2005

6 Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, headed by Professor Taofeek Ibrahim, with website https://www.alhikmah.edu.ng 2005

7 Al-Qalam University, Katsina, headed by Prof. Shehu G. Ado, with website http://www.auk.edu.ng 2005

8 American University of Nigeria, Yola, headed by Dr. Dawn Dekle, with website http://www.aun.edu.ng 2003

9 Augukstine University,  headed by Prof. Steve OlaOluwa Afolami, with website http://www.augustineuniversity.edu.ng/ 2015

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10 Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, headed by  Professor Ademola Stephen Tayo, with website http://www.babcock.edu.ng 1999

11 Baze University, headed by Prof. Tahir Mamman, with website http://www.bazeuniversity.edu.ng 2011

12 Bells University of Technology, Otta, headed by Professor Jeremiah Ojediran, with website http://www.bellsuniversity.org 2005

13 Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, headed by Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie , with website http://www.idahosauniversity.com 2002

14 Bingham University, New Karu, headed by Prof. William Barnabas Qurix, with website http://www.binghamuni.edu.ng 2005

15 Bowen University, Iwo, headed by Professor. Matthews Akintunde Ojo, with website http://www.bowenuniversity-edu.org 2001

16 Caleb University, Lagos, headed by Professor Ayandiji D Aina, with website http://www.calebuniversity.edu.ng 2007

17 Caritas University, Enugu, headed by Professor Vincent C. Okore, with website http://www.caritasuni.edu.ng/ 2005

18 Chrisland University, headed by Prof (Mrs) Chinedum Peace Babalola, with website http://www.chrislanduniversity.edu.ng 2015

19 Covenant University Ota, headed by Prof. Aderemi A Atayero, with website http://www.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/ 2002

20 Crawford University Igbesa, headed by Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, with website http://www.crawforduniversity.edu.ng 2005

21 Crescent University, headed by Professor Ibrahim Gbajabiamila, with website http://www.crescent-university.edu.ng 2005

22 Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo, headed by Prof. Timothy O Olagbemiro, with website http://www.edwinclarkuniversity.edu.ng/ 2015

23 Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, headed by Prof. T O Fadayomi, with website http://www.elizadeuniversity.edu.ng 2012

24 Evangel University, Akaeze, headed by Prof. I U Kalu, with website http://www.evangeluniversity.edu.ng 2012

25 Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo, headed by Prof. Usman Abdullateef, with website http://www.fountainuniversity.edu.ng 2007

26 Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State, headed by Prof. (Revd.) Chikelu. Anieke, with website http://www.gouni.edu.ng 2009

27 Gregory University, Uturu, headed by Prof. M O E Iwuala, with website http://www.gregoryuniversity.com 2012

28 Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun, headed by Prof. Segun Odunola, with website http://www.hallmark.edu.ng 2015

29 Hezekiah University, Umudi, headed by Prof. Enoch Ajunwa, with website http://hezekiah.edu.ng/ 2015

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30 Igbinedion University Okada, headed by Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, with website http://www.iuokada.edu.ng 1999

31 Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, headed by Professor Sola Fajana, with website http://www.jabu.edu.ng 2006

32 Kings University, Ode Omu, headed by Prof. Diran Famurewa, with website http://www.kingsuniversity.edu.ng/ 2015

33 Kwararafa University, Wukari, headed by Professor Yakubu A Ochefu, with website http://www.wukarijubileeuniversity.org 2005

34 Landmark University, Omu-Aran, headed by Professor Aize O Obayan, with website http://www.lmu.edu.ng 2011

35 Lead City University, Ibadan, headed by Prof. Kabiru Aderemi Adeyemo, with website http://www.lcu.edu.ng 2005

36 Madonna University, Okija, headed by Prof. Chucks E. Ezedum, with website http://www.madonnauniversity.edu.ng 1999

37 Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo, headed by Prof. Adeniyi Agunbiade, with website http://www.mcu.edu.ng 2012

38 Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University, headed by Prof. (Mrs.) Ibiynka A. Fuwape, with website http://mciu.edu.ng/ 2015

39 Mountain Top University, headed by Prof Elijah Ayolabi, with website http://www.mountaintopuniversity.org/ 2015

40 Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, headed by Professor Huseyin Sert, with website http://www.ntnu.edu.ng 2009

41 Novena University, Ogume, headed by Prof Chris Aniche Okoroafor, with website http://www.novenauniversity.edu.ng 2005

42 Obong University, Obong Ntak, headed by Professor Udouda M Ekanemesang, with website http://www.obonguniversity.net 2007

43 Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State, headed by Prof. Chibuzo Nnate Nwoke, with website http://www.oduduwauniversity.edu.ng 2009

44 Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, headed by Professor Juan Manuel Elegido, with website http://www.pau.edu.ng 2002

45 Paul University, Awka – Anambra State, headed by Professor Uche Isiugo-Abanihe, with website http://www.pauluniversity.edu.ng 2009

46 Redeemer’s University, Mowe, headed by Professor Z. Debo Adeyewa, with website http://www.run.edu.ng 2005

47 Renaissance University, Enugu, headed by Prof. C C Onochie, with website http://www.renaissanceuniversityng.com 2005

48 Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State, headed by Professor O. C. Onwudike, with website http://www.rhemauniversity.edu.ng 2009

49 Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, headed by Prof. Celestine A Ntuen , with website http://www.ritmanuniversity.edu.ng 2015

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50 Salem University, Lokoja, headed by Prof. (Mrs) Dorcas Oluwade, with website http://www.salemuniversity.org 2007

51 Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, headed by Prof. Benard E. Aigbokhan, with website http://www.sau.edu.ng 2011

52 Southwestern University, Oku Owa, headed by Prof. Babatunde A Ikotun, with website http://www.southwesternuniversity.edu.ng 2012

53 Summit University, headed by Prof. H O B Oloyede, with website http://www.summituniversity.edu.ng 2015

54 Tansian University, Umunya, headed by Professor Obioma Matthew Iheduru, with website http://tansianuniversity.edu.ng/ 2007

55 University of Mkar, Mkar, headed by Prof. Iorwese D Gernah, with website http://www.unimkar.edu.ng 2005

56 Veritas University, Abuja, headed by Prof. Michael Kwanashie, with website http://www.veritas.edu.ng 2007

57 Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State, headed by Professor F E Obi Ikediugwu, with website http://www.wellspringuniversity.net 2009

58 Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo, headed by Professor Olu Aderounmu, with website http://www.wusto.edu.ng 2007

59 Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State, headed by Prof. (Mrs) Olete Okobiah, with website http://wdu.edu.ng 2007

60 Christopher University Mowe, headed by Prof. Friday Ndubuisi, with website http://www.christopheruniversity.edu.ng/ 2015

61 Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State, headed by Prof. Kolade Ayorinde, with website http://www.koladaisiuniversity.edu.ng/ 2015

62 Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State, headed by Prof. J O Afolayan, with website  http://www.aul.edu.ng/ 2016

63 Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State, headed by Prof. Anthony Akinwole , with website http://www.dui.edu.ng/ 2016

64 Legacy University, Okija Anambra State, headed by Prof. Moses Nkem Chendo, with website http://www.legacyuniversity.edu.ng/ 2016

65 Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State, headed by Prof. Julian Osuji, with website http://www.arthurjarvisuniversity.edu.ng/ 2016

66 Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State, headed by Prof John Adesiji Olorunmaiye 2016

67 Coal City University Enugu State, headed by Prof. Malachy Ike Okwueze 2016

68 Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State, headed by Prof. Chimezie A Omeonu, with website http://www.clifforduni.edu.ng/ 2016

69 Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State, with website http://www.adun.edu.ng 2017

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70 Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State 2017, website to be updated

71 Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo 2017, website to be updated

72 PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt, headed by Prof. Michael Diejomaoh 2017

73 Atiba University Oyo 2017, website to be updated

74 Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos, headed by Professor Muheez Alani Durosinmi, with website http://www.ekounivmed.edu.ng 2017

75 Skyline University, Kano 2018, website to be updated.


The above is the full list of private universities in Nigeria as released by the Nigerian Union of Universities NUC recently with their Vice Chancellors, and possibly with their individual university’s website, should anyone want to know more about these schools.

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