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List of 53 State Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment

List of State Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment. In this article, you will see the full list of State Universities in Nigeria. Different state universities are established and funded by different state governments of Nigeria and are characterized by low tuition fees compared to private universities.

List of 53 State Universities in Nigeria and Dates of Establishment

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You might want to ask, how many state universities are in Nigeria? Well, as at the time of publishing this article, there are 53 state 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.  state universities in Nigeria

Are you a student or a parent searching for universities with low tuition fees? If yes, consider federal or state universities. I know of a state 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 state universities in Nigeria and their dates of establishment.

Before we go on…

What is a State University?

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

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

Like the Federal universities in Nigeria, All the State 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 State Universities

As I mentioned earlier, State universities in Nigeria are affordable but second to Federal universities. They are characterised by cheaper tuition fees, moderate levels of expenses. One reason why the school fees in state universities are low is that the State Government is subsidising tuition fees thus making them affordable for students.

Admission Process in State Universities

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

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Like other universities, admission into first degree programmes in State 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 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

State 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.

State 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 State Universities in Nigeria and Years of Esablishment

1 Abia State University, Uturu 1981
2 Adamawa State University Mubi 2002
3 Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba 1999
4 Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo 2010
5 Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma 1980
6 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli 2000
7 Bauchi State University, Gadau 2011
8 Benue State University, Makurdi 1992
9 Yobe State University, Damaturu 2006
10 Cross River State University of Science &Technology, Calabar 2004
11 Delta State University Abraka 1992
12 Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki 2000
13 Ekiti State University 1982
14 Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu 1982
15 Gombe State Univeristy, Gombe. 2004
16 Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai 2005
17 Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,Rumuolumeni 2010
18 Imo State University, Owerri 1992
19 Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa 2013
20 Kaduna State University, Kaduna 2004
21 Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil 2000
22 Kebbi State University, Kebbi 2006
23 Kogi State University Anyigba 1999
24 Kwara State University, Ilorin 2009
25 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso 1990
26 Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa 2008
27 River State University of Science and Technology 1979
28 Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye 1982
29 Lagos State University, Ojo 1983
30 Niger Delta University Yenagoa 2000
31 Nasarawa State University Keffi. 2002
32 Plateau State University Bokkos 2005
33 Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode 2005
34 Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina 2006
35 Osun State University Osogbo 2006
36 Taraba State University, Jalingo 2008
37 Sokoto State University dssc recruitment 2009
38 Northwest University Kano 2012
39 Oyo State Technical University Ibadan 2012
40 Ondo State University of Medical Sciences 2015
41 Edo University Iyamo 2016
42 Eastern Palm University Ogboko, Imo State 2016
43 University of Africa Toru Orua, Bayelsa State 2016
44 Bornu State University, Maiduguri 2016
45 Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology Abeokuta 2017
46 Gombe State University of Science and Technology 2017
47 Zamfara State University  2018
48 Bayelsa Medical University 2019
49 Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, 2020
50 University of Delta, Agbor JAMB Result Checker 2021
51 Delta University of Science and Technology, Ozoro 2021
52 Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba 2021
53 King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State 2021

Best state university in Nigeria

The top 10 best state universities in Nigeria in 2021 include:

  1. Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
  2. Lagos State University (LASU)
  3. Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma (AAU Ekpoma)
  4. Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT)
  5. Ekiti State University (EKSU) mtn night plans
  6. Plateau State University (PLASU)
  7. Delta State University (DELSU)
  8. Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU)
  9. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU)
  10. Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH)

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