Best 10 Top Universities in Nigeria 2018



You might have finished your secondary school education and you are wondering: What Universities are the best in Nigeria. Not to worry, we have taken time to carve out the true list of Top 10 Best Schools in Nigeria

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University of Ibadan-Best University in NIgeria


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Description :The University of Ibadan has held this title for some years now. She is known for her highly selective admission process. This ensures that the population of students is not too much. This could result in excess burden on facilities and equipments.

Location:Oduduwa Road, Ibadan

Establishment:The University of Ibadan was established in the year 1948.

It stands as one of the oldest universities in Nigeria.

Courses offered in this institution are as follows:

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

      2. Obafemi Awolowo University


Description:Obafemi Awolowo University  also known as OAU was established in the year 1961 and since then, She has continued to set her standards high as one of the best universities in Nigeria.

The University is owned by the Federal government and operated by them making it a federal university.

Location:Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria.

Establishment:Although the University was established in the year 1961, its academic activities began in the year 1962.

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Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

Consisting of ten (10) Departments:

  • Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Haematology and Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Morbid Anatomy and Forensic Medicine
  • Nursing Science
  • Physiological Sciences

Faculty of Clinical Sciences

Consisting of ten (10) Departments:

  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Community Health
  • Dermatology and Venereology
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
  • Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Faculty of Dentistry

Consisting of four(4) Departments:

  • Child Dental Health
  • Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology
  • Preventive and Community Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry


  • African Languages and Literature
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
  • Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology
  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Animal Science
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Building
  • Business Law
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Community Health and Nutrition
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Continuing Education
  • Crop production
  • Demography and Social Statistics
  • Dermatology and Venerology
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Drug Research and Production Unit
  • Economics
  • Educational Administration and Planning
  • Educational Foundation and Counseling
  • Educational Technology
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • English Language
  • Environmental Health and Epidemiology
  • Estate Management
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Food Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Haematology and Immunology
  • History
  • Institute of Education
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Jurisprudence and Private Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature in English
  • Local Government Studies
  • Management and Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Morbid Anatomy and Forensic Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perimatology
  • Oral Maxilofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
  • Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Physics
  • Physiological Sciences
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Preventive Dentistry, Oral Medicine and Period Ontology
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Law
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Radiology
  • Religious Studies
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Soil Science
  • Special Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Surgery
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Zoology

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    3. University of Lagos-UNILAG


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Description:The University of Lagos is undeniably one of the best Universities in Nigeria. Just like the first two on this list of best universities in Nigeria, it is a Federal University. It is owned by the Nigerian government and run by them.

Establishment:It was established in the year 1962 mainly for public reasearch.

Location:The University of Lagos is located in Akoka, a suburb of Yaba area of Lagos.

The main campus is located in Akoka while the College of Medicine is at Surulere.

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Courses offered in UNILAG


Industrial Relations And Personnel Management
Business Administration
Actuarial Science

Arts And Humanities

Linguistics With Igbo And Yoruba
History And Strategic Studies
English Language
Creative Arts
Chinese Studies


Technical Education
Human Kinetics
Home Economics And Education
Guidance & Counseling
Educational Administration
Education And Integrated Sciences
Education And Igbo
Education And History
Education And Geography
Education And French
Education And English Language
Education And Chemistry
Education And Biology
Education & Yoruba
Education & Physics
Education & Mathematics
Education & Islamic Studies
Education & Economics
Education & Christian Religious Studies
Early Childhood Education
Business Education
Adult Education.


Urban And Regional Planning
Systems Engineering
Surveying And Geoinformation
Quantity Surveying
Petroleum And Gas Engineering
Metallurgical And Material Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Estate Management
Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Computer Engineering
Civil Engineering

Law/Legal Studies


Med/Pharm/Health Sciences

Dentistry And Dental Surgery
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Medicine And Surgery
Nursing/Nursing Sciences


Marine Biology
Computer Sciences
Cell Biology & Genetics

Social Sciences

Social Work
Political Sciences
Mass Communication


4. University of Nigeria, Nsukka

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Description:The University of Nigeria popularly called “UNN” was founded by  Nnamdi Azikiwe

Establishment:in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has three campuses – Nsukka, Enugu and Ituku.

Location:Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria

The University of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria,  modelled upon the American educational system., UNN is one of the best universities in Nigeria.

The university has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. The University offers 82 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programmes. See below

1 Accounting
2 Banking & Finance
3 Business Administration
4 Management
5 Marketing
6 Public Administration and Local Government
1 Agriculture
2 Home Science
3 Nutrition and Dietetics
1 Archaeology
2 Creative Arts
3 English Language
4 French
5 Foreign Language and Literature (German)
6 German
7 History and International Studies
8 Igbo
9 Linguistics
10 Music
11 Philosophy
12 Religious Studies
13 Russian
14 Theatre Arts
1 Medical Laboratory Science
2 Medical Rehabilitation
3 Nursing Science
4 Radiography
1 Adult Education
2 Agricultural Education
3 Biology Education
4 Business Education
5 Chemistry Education
6 Computer Science Education
7 Economics Education
8 English Language Education
9 Fine and Applied Arts
10 French Education
11 Geography Education
12 Guidance and Counseling
13 Health Education
14 History Education
15 Home Economics
16 Igbo Education
17 Industrial and Technical Education
18 Integrated Science
19 Library and Information Science
20 Mathematics Education
21 Music Education
22 Physical and Health Education
23 Physics Education
24 Political Science Education
25 Religion Studies Education
26 Social Studies
1 Agricultural Bio-Resources Engineering
2 Civil Engineering
3 Electrical Engineering
4 Electronics Engineering
5 Food Science and Technology
6 Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
7 Mechanical Engineering
1 Architecture
2 Estate Management
3 Fine and Applied Arts
4 Geo-Information and Surveying
5 Urban and Regional Planning
1 Law
1 Dentistry
2 Medicine and Surgery
1 Pharmacy
1 Biochemistry
2 Botany
3 Computer Science
4 Geology
5 Mathematics
6 Microbiology
7 Physics
8 Pure and Industrial Chemistry
9 Statistics
10 Zoology
1 Economics
2 Geography
3 Mass Communication
4 Political Science
5 Psychology
6 Sociology
7 Social work
1 Veterinary Medicine

5. Covenant University

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Description:Covenant University is certainly the best Private University in Nigeria and One of the best universities in Nigeria.Covenant University is a private University owned by Living Faith Church Worldwide

Establishment:It was established on the 21st of October, 2002

Location:It is located in Ota, Ogun state Nigeria.

Covenant university was once ranked as the best University in Nigeria. That was in 2015 though.

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6. Ahmadu Bello University

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Description:This is one of the best Northern universities in Nigeria.

Location:It was established as a Federal University mainly for research and is located in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Establishment:Ahmadu Bello University was founded on October 4, 1962. It was initially called University of Northern Nigeria.

Courses offered :

Courses / Departments in ABU
  • Accountancy / Accounting
  • Agricultural Science and Education
  • Agriculture
  • Anatomy
  • Arabic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science(s)
  • Building
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Law
  • Computer Science
  • Drama / Dramatic / Performing Arts
  • Economics
  • Education and Arabic
  • Education and Biology
  • Education and Chemistry
  • Education and Christian Religious Studies
  • Education and Geography / Physics
  • Education and Hausa
  • Education and Integrated Science
  • Education and Islamic Studies
  • Education and Mathematics
  • Education and Physics
  • Education and Social Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English Language
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Glass Technology
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Hausa
  • History
  • Home Economics and Education
  • Hospitality And Tourism Management
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Resource Management
  • Insurance
  • Insurance and Actuarial Science
  • International Studies
  • Islamic / Sharia Law
  • Land Survey

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7. Federal University of Technology, Minna

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Description:Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) is a Federal Government established post-secondary educational institution located in Minna, Nigeria.and the first Vice-Chancellor was Professor J.O. Ndagi who served from 1983 to 1990.The governing bodies are the Council and the Senate. In the beginning, the University took over the facilities of the former Government Teachers’ College Bosso, for use on a permanent basis. This site now serves as the Bosso Campus of the University.

FUTMINNA specializes in technological education.The University is a designated Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and has a core competence in the development of vaccines and drugs.

Establishment:FUTMINNA was founded in 1983.

Location:Minna, Niger State, Nigeria

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8. University of Ilorin

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Description:University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, is a federal government university located in Ilorin, Nigeria

Establishment:It was established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975 and is a federal government owned tertiary institution of education located in Ilorin, Kwara state, western Nigeria.

Location:Minna, Niger State, Nigeria The ancient city of Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, is about 300 km from Lagos and 500 km from Abuja, the country’s administrative capital. The institution’s land mass is among the largest in Nigeria covering approximately 5000 hectares.

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9. University of Benin

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Description: It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July 1971.

Establishment:The University of Benin was founded in 1970

In his Budget Speech in April 1972, the then Military Governor of Mid-Western State,Col. S. O. Ogbemudia (then also Visitor to the University) formally announced the change of the name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin.

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10. University of Abuja

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Description:The University of Abuja in the Nigerian capital Abuja as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes.

Location:It was established on January 1, 1988 (under Decree No. 110 of 1992 as amended)

Academic work began in the University in 1990 with the matriculation of the pioneers students.

The University of Abuja is now one of the best in the country.

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