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Top 10 Universities in Nigeria

The Nigeria academic sector is developing into a role model to all and sundry. Nigerian universities are becoming a standard for evaluation to most universities in the West African sub region and the African continent at large. Most Nigerian universities now produce quality graduates in various spheres of human academic endeavour such as engineering, the sciences as well as arts. A good number of international students from various countries in Africa are now schooling in various Nigerian universities.

It is quite disheartening that most Nigerian universities do not receive kudos or significant recognition for the amazing jobs they do. Many solid graduates who are making enormous contributions in diverse sectors all over the globe today and are products of our Nigerian universities are hardly projected as Nigerian graduates, instead they are viewed as products of western influence.

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This article will be listing the top major universities in the country and will also provide a highlight about the universities and their locations in the country.

This rating is not from the National University Commission (NUC) but it is based on a research conducted. These ratings was achieved by some factors which were been investigated. These factors are:

  • Number of graduates
  • Updated Facilities in the school
  • Number of universities competitions won
  • Numbers of professors in the school
  • Solid research programs carried out by the school

Below Is The List Of The Top Ten Universities In Nigeria

  1. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

University of Lagos (UNILAG) has been topping the chart for over 10 years now. University of Lagos was among the first universities in Nigeria and has been in existence since 1962. It has a student strength of over 45,000. The university has a lot of out dated buildings which are constantly being renovated and updated, their technological facilities are also renewed to meet the current international standard.

Most of their graduates are scattered in senior positions both in the public and private sectors all over Nigeria and internationally. The university itself is known all over the country for its great science program. UNILAG has grown continuously and has over time remained the top choice for prospective undergraduates. Some notable products of UNIAG include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the current Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and popular Nollywood actress Funke Akindele amongst others.


  1. Obafemi Awolowo University Ife (OAU)

OAU is a located in the western region of the country and was named after a political legend Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The university has a high number of graduates plying their trade all around the world, with many of them at the zenith of their selected profession in various parts of the world. The university also like UNILAG has a great science program. Notable alumni include Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Ondo State governor Segun Mimiko, billionaire businessman Femi Otedola, amongst others.

  1. University of Ilorin, Ilorin

The university is located in Kwara state in the North Central region of Nigeria. The university has a great social science program and many other solid programs. Their academic calendar is very fast, when compared with other universities in the country; that is their four year degree program could be completed in about three years. They also have a great graduate study program in the university, and research programs are greatly encouraged. Some notable products of UNILORIN are MD/CEO Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas LTD., Babs Omotowa, Nollywood star actor, Nkem Owoh, and current Kwara state governor, Abdulfatahi Ahmed.

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  1. University of Ibadan

University of Ibadan has been in the third position for many years but has been dethroned by the University of Ilorin to occupy the fourth place. It comes as no surprise that the beacon of Nigerian education is been solely upheld by the western part or region of the country.

The university is also known for its great number of professors in many departments. In the faculty of education alone there are over 100 professors in various fields, from these statistics we can assume that the university has over a thousand and one professors in various departments. UI has produced the like of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, ace author, the Late Chinua Achebe, and former Common Wealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku.

  1. Covenant University Ota

Covenant University is owned by the Living Faith Christian Church popularly called Winners Chapel, which is led by the amiable Bishop David Oyedepo. Covenant University was among the second stream of private universities accredited by the federal government in 2002. The university has since taken giant strides and has come to be recognized as one of the very best in the country with their graduates littering some of the biggest multinational companies in Nigeria today. Notable Alumni include film director and writer Ishaya Bako, on air personality EmmaOhMaGod and multi-talented musician Bez Idakula.

  1. Federal University of Technology, Minna

The university is located in Minna, the capital of Niger State. The university is acclaimed as a breeding ground for many engineers and geologists in the country because of their great and outstanding engineering earth science department.

The university is basically a technological university which offers various technology based courses in diverse areas. Their degree program is been completed over a period of five (5) years with intensive and outstanding training.

  1. University of Nigeria Nsukka(UNN)

University of Nsukka is the first eastern University in the list and they occupy the seventh place on this list. As the foremost university in eastern Nigeria, UNN is a great place to study for both undergraduate and post graduate courses. The demographics of the student population shows that majority are from eastern and southern Nigeria. The university boasts of the first law faculty in Nigeria, producing luminaries such as the Late Barrister Johnny Okonkwo and former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.

  1. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The University of Benin once sat as the best in Nigeria but is placed eight on this list.. Most of their structures are out dated and not well maintained but even at that they are still one of the best universities in the country.

The university is most famous for their linguistics and theater art department as well as engineering and law. UNIBEN can boast of notable alumni such as former Lagos state governor and current federal minister Babatunde Fashola and ace comedian Bright Akpocha (Basketmouth).

  1. University of Port Harcourt

University of Port Harcourt is located in Rivers state, in the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It is well recognized for its outstanding Oil and Gas and engineering departments. It also hosts the Institute of Petroleum studies, sponsored by major multinational oil companies based in Nigeria. The University has produced a president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Nollywood star actress, Rita Dominic and the only Nigerian to win the Miss World beauty pageant, Agbani Darego.

  1. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University is the second largest university in Africa by land mass. The University is well laid out and well planned, it has beautiful structures and well developed sports facilities. Most universities sport competitions are held at Ahmadu Bello University. Notable alumni of this great university include Kaduna State governor Nasir El Rufai and former EFCC chairman Nuhu Ribadu.

There are many great universities in Nigeria that are not mentioned in this list. Believe me these universities are doing well and producing outstanding graduates into the labour market.

This list will be periodically updated if there are any changes.




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