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What are the most popular best Universities in Nigeria? Nigeria currently has 152 universities registered and approved by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC). Based on the ranking released by 4 International Colleges & Universities (4ICU), an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited universities and colleges in the world.

Note: vastlearners.com.ng does not rank Universities, rather, we rely on the Lists released by the NUC (The Nigeria University Commission); Times Higher Education World University Ranking (they are the world’s number one body for ranking Universities), QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and The Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities.


We only have list of 100 best universities in Nigeria of all officially recognized Nigerian higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being accredited, licensed and/or chartered by the appropriate Nigerian higher education-related organization.
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (Bachelor degrees) and/or postgraduate degrees (Master or Doctoral degrees).
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional face-to-face, non-distance education format.

2021 League Table

1University of IbadanIbadan
2University of NigeriaNsukka …
3University of LagosLagos1
4Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-Ife
5Covenant UniversityOta
6Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria
7Federal University of Technology, MinnaMinna …
8University of IlorinIlorin
9University of BeninUgbowo …
10University of AbujaAbuja
11Federal University of Technology, OwerriOwerri
12University of Agriculture, AbeokutaAbeokuta …
13Afe Babalola UniversityAdo-Ekiti
14Landmark UniversityOmu-Aran
15University of Port HarcourtPort Harcourt
16Samuel Adegboyega UniversityOgwa
17Federal University of Technology, AkureAkure
18University of JosJos
19Bayero University KanoKano
20Babcock UniversityIlishan-Remo …
21Lagos State UniversityOjo
22Michael Okpara University of AgricultureUmuahia
23Federal University Oye-EkitiOye-Ekiti …
24American University of NigeriaYola
25Ladoke Akintola University of TechnologyOgbomoso …
26Kwara State UniversityIlorin
27University of UyoUyo
28Enugu State University of Science and TechnologyEnugu
29Rivers State University of Science and TechnologyPort Harcourt
30Usmanu Danfodio UniversitySokoto
31Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAwka …
32Abubakar Tafawa Balewa UniversityBauchi
33University of Agriculture, MakurdiMakurdi
34Olabisi Onabanjo UniversityAgo Iwoye …
35Adekunle Ajasin UniversityAkungba Akoko …
36Ekiti State University, Ado EkitiAdo-Ekiti
37African University of Science and TechnologyAbuja
38Osun State UniversityOshogbo …
39Redeemer’s UniversityMowe
40Ebonyi State UniversityAbakaliki
41Nasarawa State UniversityKeffi
42Federal University, Ndufu-AlikeIkwo
43University of MaiduguriMaiduguri
44Tai Solarin University of EducationIjebu-Ode …
45Abia State UniversityUturu
46Al-Hikmah UniversityIlorin …
47Nile University of NigeriaAbuja
48Veritas UniversityAbuja
49University of CalabarCalabar
50Imo State UniversityOwerri
51Federal University, Dutsin-MaDutsin-Ma
52Umaru Musa Yar’Adua UniversityKatsina
53Bowen UniversityIwo
54Benue State UniversityMakurdi
55Ajayi Crowther UniversityOyo Town
56Federal University, OtuokeOtuoke
57Adeleke UniversityEde
58Delta State University, AbrakaAbraka
59Lead City UniversityIbadan
60Baze UniversityAbuja
61Elizade UniversityIlara-Mokin
62Ambrose Alli UniversityEkpoma
63Modibbo Adama University of TechnologyYola
64Igbinedion University OkadaOkada …
65Benson Idahosa UniversityBenin City
66Bingham UniversityAuta Balifi
67Federal University of Petroleum ResourcesEffurun
68Cross River University of TechnologyCalabar …
69Kano University of Science and TechnologyWudil
70Niger Delta UniversityWilberforce Island Yenagoa
71Federal University, DutseDutse
72Madonna UniversityOkija …
73Bells University of TechnologyOta
74Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUli
75Joseph Ayo Babalola UniversityIkeji-Arakeji
76Kogi State UniversityAnyigba
77Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida UniversityLapai
78Federal University, LafiaLafia
79Federal University, LokojaLokoja
80Ondo State University of Science and TechnologyOkitipupa
81Paul UniversityAwka
82Godfrey Okoye UniversityUgwuomu-Nike
83Crawford UniversityFaith City …
84Caleb UniversityImota
85Achievers University, OwoOwo
86Akwa Ibom State UniversityUyo
87Oduduwa UniversityIle Ife
88Fountain UniversityOshogbo
89Kaduna State UniversityKaduna
90Federal University, WukariWukari
91Bauchi State UniversityGadau …
92Caritas UniversityEnugu
93Federal University, KashereKashere
94Salem UniversityLokoja
95Taraba State UniversityJalingo
96Obong UniversityObong Ntak
97Yobe State UniversityDamaturu
98Kebbi State University of Science and TechnologyAliero
99Crescent University, AbeokutaAbeokuta
100Sokoto State UniversitySokoto
101Renaissance UniversityEnugu
102Novena UniversityOgume
103Tansian UniversityUmunya …
104Gombe State UniversityGombe
105Wesley University of Science and TechnologyOndo City
106Wellspring UniversityBenin City
107Western Delta UniversityOghara
108Rhema UniversityAba
109Al-Qalam University, KatsinaKatsina
110University of MkarMkar
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Short Note About  Top 10 Best University In Nigeria 2021/2022

University of Ibadan 

This is the 1st best universities in Nigeria. The University of Ibadan was established in 1947. Initially, it was a College under the University of London. The college started with academic programs in Arts, Science and Medicine.

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However, it became a full-fledged independent University in 1962 and the institution has grown since then to include academic programmes in 13 faculties which include:

  • Arts,
  • Science,
  • Basic Medical Sciences,
  • Clinical Sciences,
  • Agriculture and Forestry,
  • Social Sciences,
  • Education,
  • Veterinary Medicine,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Technology,
  • Law,
  • Public Health and
  • Dentistry

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The Faculties of the Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Public Health and Dentistry are a part of the University’s College of Medicine.

Also, the university has academic units. Some of which include:

  • Institute of Child Health,
  • Institute of Education,
  • Institute of African Studies,
  • Centre for Child Adolescent and
  • Mental Health,
  • Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies,
  • African Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS),
  • Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS),
  • Centre for Petroleum, Energy, Economics and Law (CPEEL),
  • Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), and
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI),
  • Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT),
  • Centre for Drug Discovery, Development & Production (CDDDP),
  • Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonosis (CCPZ).

Currently, the UI hosts the Pan African University Life & Earth Sciences Institute on behalf of the West African Subregion. The programme is in its 2nd year and has 97 students from all over Africa.

2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Second best universities in Nigeria. The University of Nigeria was founded by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955. However, the school was formally opened on the 7th of October 1960.

UNN as it is popularly called is made up of four campuses

  • Nsukka (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN),
  • Enugu (University of Nigeria Enugu campus, UNEC),
  • Ituku-Ozalla (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH) and
  • Aba (University of Nigeria Aba campus, UNAC).

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UNN is the first autonomous university in the country. Currently, the University has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. Also, the University offers 82 undergraduate and 211 postgraduate programmes.

The initial enrolment at UNN was 220 students with 13 academic staff members. The classes commenced on the 17th of October, 1960.

The vice Chancellor of UNN has a burning desire to create a smart university and this led to the Roar Nigeria Hub which is one of the full-fledged universities embedded ICT Hub in West Africa. The hub is a private sector initiative which is been supervised by two engineering graduates of the university.

Some of the notable alumni from UNN include:

  • Godwin Emefiele
  • Okechukwu Enelamah
  • Charles Soludo (CBN Governor, 2004 -2009)
  • Herbert Wigwe (CEO, Access Bank)
  • Dora Akunyili
  • Pat Utomi
  • Peter Odili
  • Peter Obi

University of Lagos

Established in 1962, the University of Lagos is one of the best universities in Nigeria.

Popularly called UNILAG, the university has 3 campuses located in Akoka, Yaba, and Surulere.

UNILAG started with 131 students and has grown to over 40,000 students. The university staff strength is 3,365. There are 12 faculties:

  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Science
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dental Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Law
  • Pharmacy,
  • Science
  • Social Science

The University of Lagos is known as UNILAG and it is known as the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride.

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Also, the University has 2 centres:

  • Centre for Human Rights
  • Centre for African Regional Integration and Borderland Studies

The university also has a Distance Learning Institute offers courses in Accounting, Business Administration, Science Education and Library Information Services.

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4. Obafemi Awolowo University      

Formerly known as the University of Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University was established in 1962.

The university is one of the largest and best universities in Nigeria in terms of land mass. It covers a land expanse of 11,862 hectares.

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Due to this land area, the university has one central campus along with its students’ residential area, staff quarters as well as a teaching and research farm.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the University was known as one of the foremost universities in Africa.

The University has produced a NobelLaureate as well as several National Merit Award winners.

OAU also houses several government parastatals which include:

  • The Centre for Energy Research and Development(CERD)
  • The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM)
  • The African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education- English (ARC SSTE-E)
  • The United Nations Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey(RECTAS)

The vision of the University is to be one of the top rated universities in Africa, that is, the technological flagship of the West African sub-region, as evidenced by its application of modern technology to teaching, research and community service, and its provision of practical solutions to social, cultural and economic problems.

5. Covenant University

Covenant University is arguably the (private) best universities in Nigeria. The university was set up in 2000 with the vision to become the leading world-class Christian Mission University.


However, the university didn’t start until March 2002 when the Federal Government presented the institution with the licensing certificate to operate as a Private University.

The approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC) was reputed to be the fastest in the history of the 16 applications for the establishment of private universities filed with the NUC.

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The University was founded by the Bishop of the Living Faith Church as a part of the Liberation Commission.

Covenant University is built around the following core-values: Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice.

The University intends to revolutionize the educational landscape using the platform of Christian ethos and life transforming values.

According to the founder, Dr David Oyedepo, the objective of the University is to transform her products, that is, her graduates as, into expert thinkers, unusual managers, and hyper-resourceful technocrats in all fields of human endeavour.

Ahmadu Bello University   

Ahmadu Bello University also known as ABU was established in 1962 and it is currently one of the best universities in Nigeria.

Prior to the establishment of ABU, the Ashby Commission on Post-School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria recommended that a University be set up in Northern Nigeria and the product of this recommendation was ABU.

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The university began full operation in 1962 on the sites of the defunct Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology; the Clerical Training Centre, Kongo; the Samaru Agricultural Research Station and the Shika Livestock Farm.

ABU was named after the Sardauna of Sokoto and the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello.


The university began with the following faculties:

  • Agriculture,
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Science


There were 15 faculties and 426 inaugural students.

Currently, the University is made up of 2 campuses with 12 Faculties, 1 Post-Graduate School and 82 academic departments. The total student enrollment in this university is 35,000 and they represent a diversity of ethnic background because they are drawn from every state of the country.


Also, ABU has 5 Institutes, 6 Specialized Centers, a Division of Agricultural Colleges, a School of Basic and Remedial Studies, a Demonstration Secondary School, a Primary School and a Consultancy Outfit providing a variety of services to the University and the wider society.

The university has about 1,400 academic and research staff and over 6000 non-teaching, senior and junior administrative staff.


Additionally, the University has nurtured 2 University Colleges which include the Abdullahi Bayero College (now Bayero University), Kano and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology), Bauchi. Also, 27 institutions comprising Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Schools of Basic or Preliminary Studies are currently affiliated to it.

Federal University of Technology, Minna

Federal University of Technology, Minna is one of the best universities in Nigeria.  The origin of the Federal University of Technology, Minna can be traced to 1983 when the university was established with the objective of promoting the Nation’s drive for self-reliance in Science, Engineering and Technology.

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When the university was established, it acquired the facilities of the former Government Teachers’ College Bosso which is currently the Bosso Campus of the University.

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Also, the University acquired 10,650 hectares of land at Gidan-Kwano along the Minna – Kataeregi – Bida Road as its permanent site, to cater for the necessary inevitable expansion envisaged.

The facilities on this main campus include:

  • School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT),
  • School of Environmental Technology (SET),
  • School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) Buildings,
  • Students Hostels,
  • Students Center,
  • University Library,
  • Senate Building,
  • Staff houses,
  • Computer Centre as well as
  • Industrial Development Centre.


Over the years, the students of FUTMINNA have produced innovative equipments, some of which include Solar air heater, Motor-car crankshaft, Gearing system for crane hoist drives, Rice de-stoning machine, Maize sheller, Multi-purpose grinder, Irrigation models, Poultry feeder etc.

Also, one of the professors from this prestigious university was involved in leading a team that developed and produced typhoid vaccines. This project was sponsored by Unipetrol Nigeria Plc. The typhoid vaccines have been tested on humans and would be made available to the public very soon.

University of Ilorin   

The University of Ilorin is one of the best Universities Nigeria. UNILORIN as it is popularly called, enrolled its first set of 200 students on the 23rd of October, 1976 and academic work started on the 25th of October, 1976.

The University started on a portion of the temporary campus of the Kwara State Polytechnic. It was on this site that the academic programmes of the Faculties of Art, Science, Education, Engineering, Business, Social Science and Basic Clinic Sciences.

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Currently, UNILORIN has 15 faculties which include:

  • Arts,
  • Agriculture,
  • Environmental Sciences,
  • Life Sciences,
  • Management Sciences,
  • Physical Sciences,
  • Social Sciences,
  • Communication and Information Sciences,
  • Education,
  • Engineering and Technology,
  • Pharmaceutical Science,
  • Veterinary Medicine, and Law;
  • College of Health Sciences (with 2 Faculties-Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences)
  • Institute of Education and Unilorin Sugar Research Institute); and
  • The Postgraduate School.


In 2014, UNILORIN became the first University in Nigeria to be ranked among the top 20 universities in Africa. It was ranked 20th in Africa and 1824th in the world.

That same year, the University embarked on growing a 10,000 hectare oil palm plantation which is expected to serve as a source of foreign exchange when completed.

Between 2012 and 2016, JAMB (the body in charge of admission into the university in Nigeria) revealed that UNILORIN had the highest number of applicants which implied that it was the most preferred university in the country during this period.

University of Benin

Popularly called UNIBEN, the University of Benin is one of the top-rated best universities in Nigeria.

UNIBEN is known to be the first to produce a female vice-Chancellor. This happened when Grace Alele-Williams was appointed in 1985 until 1991.

Currently, the total student enrollment at the university stands at over 40,000 comprising both full-time and part-time students.

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The University of Benin is known to collaborate with several universities across the world and with both local and international bodies such as USAID, Ford Foundation, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), RMRDC (Raw Materials Research & Development Council of Nigeria) amongst others in the areas of Agriculture, Public Health and Engineering.


10 University of Abuja 

Our list isn’t complete without the University of Abuja. The university took off in 1990. At that time, the University used a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada. It was tagged the “mini – campus”.

However, that same year, the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares along the Abuja – Abuja road for the development of its main campus.

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Some of the important landmarks on the new University campus include the Senate Chamber, the Science Laboratories, Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Remedial Studies and the Institute of Education. Also, the university have Medical Centre which is equipped with modern medical facilities. Additionally, the campus hosts a number of recreational facilities including an Olympic size football field, a volleyball pitch and a long-tennis court.

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