Best Universities in Nigeria

Nigeria has many public and private institutions. As per the UNISA report, there are 162 universities in Nigeria. Annual fees of the Public universities is approximately around $125-$500. However, Private universities cost an average of $2,700 per year. Nigeria is one of the most populated counties in Africa. The country is facing many institutional challenges. Some of the major challenges affecting Nigerian higher education institutions are:
  • Just 30 per cent of the population have access to classrooms, labs and workshops
  • Less number of teachers leads to poor quality education 
  • Inadequate funding for technology and the necessary resources
 
However, despite all the challenges, Nigeria is still a good country to pursue higher education. As its economy and its population are growing steadily and it will keep expanding in future. So, you might have a scope in some of the emerging industries like petroleum industries. Also, Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer so you can have a bright future in this filed.
 
 
Why study in Nigeria?
 
The first reason for choosing Nigeria is due to reasonable fees. Apart from that, a non-native English speaker can improve their English skills here. You don’t have to focus on learning a new language for going to study in Nigeria.
 
 
 
Requirements for foreign students
 
  • All the Non-Nigerian students required a visa to enter the country. You must have a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC). You will get the CERPAC card after arriving in Nigeria. Read this for more information about the visa application.
  • The student must have the invitation letter from the Nigerian university. Also, carry the fee receipt with you.
     

List of best universities in Nigeria

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of best universities in Nigeria. This list is on the basis of latest rankings from University ranking bodies like theTimes Higher Education World University Ranking and World University Rankings.
 
 

University of Ibadan 

It was the first institution in Nigeria to make in the top 1000 of Times Higher Education rankings of September 2016. According to webometrics, it is at 1st position in Nigeria. However, its worldwide ranking is 1322The University of Ibadan is the oldest institution in Nigeria. It is 8 kilometres from the middle of western Nigeria’s main city of Ibadan. It is popularly referred to as Unibadan or UI. The University of Ibadan has 92 academic departments divided into 17 faculties.

 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate Student: $1,450 – $2,400
Postgraduate Student: $2,000 – $5,000
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Address: Oduduwa Road, Ibadan, Nigeria
Students: 35,000
Website: www.ui.edu.ng

 

 

 

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

The University of Nigeria ( UNN ) is a federal university, founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955. It was the first independent university of Nigeria. Also, the first autonomous university in Nigeria based on the American education system. According to webometrics, it is at 3rd position in Nigeria. However, its worldwide ranking is 1805The University of Nigeria has four campuses. Out of which Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla all located in Enugu State, while Aba campus in Abia State. This was Africa’s first land-grant university. Also, one of the five universities in Nigeria with the highest reputation. The university has 102 academic departments divide into 15 Faculties. The University provides a total of 82 undergraduate and 211 postgraduate courses.

 
 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate & Post Graduate: $3,500-$5,500.00
Doctorate Degree: $4,000-$6,000
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Address: Nsukka – Onitsha Rd, Nsukka, Nigeria
Students: 36,000
Website: www.unn.edu.ng
 

University of Lagos

The University of Lagos is also known as UNILAG. It is a government-owned university in Lagos State, Nigeria. Built-in 1962, the university is one of five first-generation universities in Nigeria. The university is also called as “the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride”. According to webometrics, it is at 4th position in Nigeria. However, its worldwide ranking is 1984As on admissions, the university remained one of the most competitive in the country. The University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations with about 57,000 students as of 2013.
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate: $1,000 per year
Post Graduate: $1,000 per year
 
 
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Address: University of Lagos, Akoka Rd, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Website: unilag.edu.ng
 
 
 
 
 

Obafemi Awolowo University

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), formerly known as University Ife, is a government-owned university. Built-in 1962, the classes in the university was first commenced in October 1962. As per webometrics ranking, it is at 5th position in Nigeria. However, its worldwide ranking is 2053. The university was previously associated with Loma Linda University in California, USA. As of now, the university has 13 faculties and two colleges.
 
 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate: $115 – $142 per year
Post Graduate: $323- $500 per year
 
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Students: 35,000
Address: 220005, Ife, Nigeria
Website: oauife.edu.ng
 

Covenant University

Covenant University (CU) is a private Christian university. The university is in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. Also, the university is an affiliate with Living Faith Church Worldwide. The university has been operating since 2002. In 2018, the Nigerian Universities Commission hounerd it with the best private university in Nigeria tag. The university has four colleges devoted mainly to technical education. Also, it was the first university in Nigeria to offer Entrepreneurship as a course
 
 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate: $2246 per year
Post Graduate: $290 per year
 
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Address: KM 10 Idiroko Rd, Ota, Nigeria
 
 
 
 
 
 

Landmark University

 
It is a Private Christian University, located in Omu-Aran Kwara State, Nigeria. This University is also affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide. It is the best university to pursue an education in Agriculture.
The university offers graduate programs in courses that cover agriculture. Apart from that it also offers engineering, social science, arts, and management courses.
 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate: $1558 per year
Post Graduate: $2558 per year
 
 
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Address: Road, Omu-Aran, Nigeria
Website: lmu.edu.ng
 

 

University of Ilorin

 
The University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin. It is a federal government-owned university in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Built, in August 1975 is an affiliate with to the University of Ibadan. According to webometrics, it is at 7th position in Nigeria. However, its worldwide ranking is 2588. The University has fifteen faculties and almost 60 academic departments.
 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate: $292 per session
Post Graduate: $358 per session
 
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Address: No C2, Studiopedia, Off Ministry of Health, Fate Tanke Rd, behind Lgea Primary School, Ilorin, Nigeria
 
 

Federal University of Technology Minna

 
Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) is a government-owned University. It is in Minna, Nigeria. FUTMINNA specializes in technological education. According to webometrics, it is at 12th position in Nigeria. However, its worldwide ranking is 3157. Built-in  1983, is a Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. It is best for students who want to study courses in the like development of vaccines and drugs.
 
The check the fee structure below for your reference:
 
Undergraduate: $900 per year
 
 
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Address: Minna, Nigeria
 
 
According to a survey, there are only 1,856 foreign students among the 1,132,795 students in Nigeria. However, still, if you opt for study in Nigeria you’ll experience the customs and traditions of the 500 different ethnic groups. 
 
 
 
That’s all about the best universities in Nigeria. You can opt for the university as per your rank and choice of course. However, for more accurate ranking you can check 4icu.org.

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