2017 NUC Ranking of Top Universities in Nigeria

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It always pays to attend one of the top universities in Nigeria. Your university says a lot about who you are, and this is a universal fact accepted all over the world.

In Nigeria it’s more than that, a lot of importance is attached to the university you graduated from. It determines how you walk, talk, behave and your overall self-perception, composure, and behavior. Some people say it also determines your employability after graduation.

So if your institution isn’t amongst the top rated ones by the National Universities Commission (NUC), you risk being held in contempt by your peers. That’s why the my-alma-mater-trumps-yours arguments are prevalent amongst Nigerian undergraduates and graduates.

Top Universities in Nigeria According to NUC

Here’s NUC’s 2017 ranking for top universities in Nigeria:

  1. University of Ibadan: This is the highest ranked university in Nigeria at the moment. U.I, as it’s fondly called, is a non-profit higher institution of learning in Ibadan. It was established in 1948 and is the first institution of higher learning in Nigeria. Officially accredited by the NUC, University of Ibadan offers courses and programs such as pre-bachelor degrees (which comprises of certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. The probability of getting admitted into this 69-year-old institution is 40-50%, making it one of the most selective universities in Nigeria. Nevertheless, UI is a large coeducational higher education institution with an enrollment range of 20,000- 24,999 students. International applicants are also eligible for admission. Apart from this, the university boasts of academic and non-academic facilities and services to students which include: library, sports facilities/activities, housing, financial aids/and or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities plus administrative services.
  2. University of Lagos:  Popularly known as UNILAG, University of Lagos is a federal government research university established in 1962 and it’s located in Lagos State. With approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, UNILAG has one of the largest student populations of any university in Nigeria and has remained one of the most competitive in terms of admission. Due to its research activity, the University was adjudged the best in Nigeria at the Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA) in 2008 and is presently the second in the ranking of top universities in Nigeria. With its main campus located at Akoka, Yaba, and its Medical Campus of The College of Medicine located at Idi-Araba, Surulere, the university has many residential services and facilities for both staff and students. The academic bodies of The University of Lagos consist of full-time undergraduate programs, the Distance Learning Institute (DLI) and the School of Post-Graduate Studies (full-time& part-time programs).
  3. Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife: Claiming third position in the rankings is OAU. Located in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, OAU is a federal government owned and operated varsity. Established in 1961, the Great Ife as it is fondly called offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in fields of specialization which consists of the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the medical sciences, engineering, and technology. The university has 13 faculties and 2 colleges- the Postgraduate College and the College of Health Sciences- administered in over 60 departments. Since its establishment, OAU has over 82 departments.
  4. Ahmadu Bello University Zaria:  One of the top universities in Nigeria, ABU, is a federal government research university founded on October 4, 1962, and is located in Zaria, Kaduna State. Named after the Sardauna of Sokoto and the first premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the university runs a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs plus associate degrees and vocational and remedial programs. Boasting of a large medical program with its own A.B.U Teaching Hospital, it is not surprising that it is listed as one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa.
  5. University of Ilorin: Located in the ancient city of Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, UNILORIN, as it is popularly called was established in 1975. Ranking 5th on NUC’s list of top universities in Nigeria for 2017, the university presently has 15 faculties, a College of Health Sciences (with 2 faculties-Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences), 2 institutes (Institute of Education& Unilorin Sugar Research Institute), and the Postgraduate School. These faculties have over 60 academic departments with undergraduate programs running for 3-6 years depending on entry qualifications and discipline.
  6. Covenant University Ota: This is the only private university to make it to the list of top 10 universities in Nigeria. Covenant University is a Private Christian University established on the 21st of October, 2002. It was established by the World Mission Agency and the Living Faith Church Worldwide. Located in Cannan Land, CU academic programs run in 4 colleges namely: College of Business and Social Sciences, College of Leadership Development Studies, College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology. It also runs postgraduate studies.
  7. University of Nigeria Nsukka: Formerly known as the University of Biafra and now referred to as UNN, the University Of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and autonomous university in Nigeria. UNN is very prominent in South Eastern Nigeria, so it’s no wonder ninety percent of secondary students in the region set their eyes on gaining admission there. It is modeled after the American educational system. Located at Nsukka, the varsity is renowned for its academics and was founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955. UNN is also the first land-grant university in Africa. It is 7th on NUC’s current ranking for top universities in Nigeria and has 15 faculties and 102 academic departments. It runs 82 undergraduate programs and an impressive 211 postgraduate programs.
  8. University of Benin: Clinching the 8th position in the list of top universities in Nigeria is the University of Benin in Edo state. Fondly known as UNIBEN by its students, the Great University of Benin is one of Nigeria’s first generation federal universities. The varsity started out as an Institute of Technology in 1970 and was accorded the status of a full-fledged university by NUC on July 1, 1971. UNIBEN offers programs spanning postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate levels. Presently, the total student enrollment is estimated at over 40,000 which is made up of both full-time and part-time students distributed among the various faculties.
  9. University of Abuja: UNIABUJA was established on January 1, 1988, and mostly offers the regular degree, diploma and postgraduate programs. The university also has a Centre for Distance Learning School which provides education for those unable to acquire education through the regular university system and those interested in acquiring new knowledge and specialized skills. UNIABUJA’s Law Faculty is its pride. This faculty is known for having one of the most organized Student Representatives Councils (LAWSAN) in Nigeria. The Law Students Association of the institution has won the university many National and International competitions and it’s therefore not surprising that the university made it to the list of the top universities in Nigeria.
  10. University of Port Harcourt: UNIPORT was Established in 1975 as the University College, Port Harcourt, and granted university status in 1977. It had six schools in 1977 and changed from a school system to a faculty system in 1982. Presently, the university has 12 faculties. Don’t feel downtrodden if your varsity isn’t among those ten up there. The list changes from year to year, so it’s not fixed. Here are other universities that made it to the list of top ranking universities in Nigeria:
  11. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  12. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  13. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  14. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti
  15. Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto
  16. Lagos State University Ojo
  17. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  18. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  19. Bayero University, Kano
  20. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  21. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho
  22. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti
  23. University of Jos
  24. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  25. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  26. University of Uyo
  27. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
  28. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia
  29. Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu
  30. Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt
  31. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko
  32. Benue State University, Makurdi
  33. Redeemer’s University Mowe
  34. Kwara State University, Ilorin
  35. Veritas University, Abuja
  36. Osun State University, Oshogbo
  37. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  38. Nassarawa State University, Keffi
  39. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  40. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  41. University of Calabar
  42. Kogi State University, Anyigba
  43. Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode
  44. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
  45. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  46. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike
  47. University of Maiduguri
  48. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina
  49. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  50. Bowen University, Iwo
  51. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  52. Delta State University, Abraka
  53. Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa
  54. Abia State University, Uturu
  55. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  56. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
  57. Federal University, Otuoke
  58. Imo State University Owerri
  59. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago- Iwoye
  60. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
  61. Kaduna State University
  62. Federal University, Lokoja
  63. Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo
  64. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  65. Paul University, Awka
  66. Federal University, Dutse
  67. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo Town
  68. Lead City University, Ibadan
  69. Bingham University, Auta Balifi
  70. Baze University, Abuja
  71. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai
  72. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  73. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  74. Madonna University, Okija
  75. Crawford University, Faith City
  76. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
  77. Caritas University, Enugu
  78. Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa
  79. Bells University of Technology Ota
  80. Igbinedion University, Okada
  81. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  82. Achievers University, Owo
  83. Caleb University, Imota
  84. Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil
  85. Federal University, Lafia
  86. Sokoto State University
  87. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  88. Adeleke University, Ede
  89. Federal University, Kashere
  90. Federal University, Wukari
  91. University of Mkar, Mkar
  92. Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife
  93. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike
  94. Taraba State University, Jalingo
  95. Obong University, Obong Ntak
  96. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  97. Renaissance University Enugu
  98. Salem University Lokoja
  99. Wellspring University, Benin City
  100. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  101. Novena University, Ogume
  102. Western Delta University, Oghara
  103. Gombe State University
  104. Kwararafa University, Wukari
  105. Bauchi State University
  106. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero
  107. Tansian University, Umunya
  108. Crescent University, Abeokuta
  109. Rhema University, Aba
  110. Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo City
  111. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
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