The Top 10 Universities in Nigeria (2020)

The Top 10 Universities in Nigeria (2020)

Top 10 Universities in Nigeria

There are many universities present in Nigeria as well as lots of undergraduates studying for their degrees. Parents, guardians and even students that are capable of training themselves would want to know the schools that are the best and capable of giving them the good education they need. The list below is on the top 10 universities in Nigeria and how they operate including number of campuses and facilities.

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  • Federal University of Technology, Minna 
  • University of Ibadan 
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure 
  • University of Abuja 
  • Ahmadu Bello University 
  • University of illorin 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University 
  • University of Lagos 
  • Covenant University 
  • University of Lagos 
The Best Universities in Nigeria (2020)

10) Federal University of Technology, Minna 

Best Nigerian Universities - FutMinna

This university is one of the best universities in Nigeria. It is a federal government owned university located in Minna, Nigeria. The school was established in 1983 and has Professor Abdullahi Bala as the current Vice Chancellor. 

The university is a designated center for excellence in biotechnology and genetic engineering and has a core competence in the development of vaccines. There are over 10 faculties in FUTMinna and they are:
  • School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Technology 
  • School of Infrastructure, Project Engineering and Technology 
  • School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology 
  • School of Environmental Technology 
  • School of Life Sciences 
  • School of Physical sciences 
  • School of Information and Communication Technology
  • School of Technology Education 
  • School of Post Graduate Studies 

9) University of Ibadan


Best Nigerian Universities - University of Ibadan

University of Ibadan sits 9th on the list. It is located in Ibadan, Oyo State and it's the oldest degree awarding institution in Nigeria. Unibadan was established in 1948.

Professor Idowu Olayinka currently sits as vice chancellor of the university. The school has many facilities and they are about twelve to thirteen. List if their various faculties includes
  • Dentistry 
  • Agriculture and forestry 
  • Basic Medical Services
  • Arts
  • Law
  • Pharmacy 
  • Clinical Services 
  • Education 
  • Public Health 
  • Science 
  • Technology 
  • The Social Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine 
  • Renewable natural resources 
  • Environment design and Management 
  • Economics 
8) Federal University of Technology, Akure 

Best Nigerian Universities - Federal University of Technology, Akure

The school is mostly refered to as FUTA. It was established in 1981 and it's a federal government owned university. FUTA is located in Akure, the capital of Ondo State. 

It is obviously one of the top universities in Nigeria, producing thousands of graduates every year. FUTA houses nine faculties and they are
  • School of Science (SOS) 
  • School of Earth and Medical Sciences
  • School of Environmental Technology 
  • School of Engineering and Engineering Technology 
  • School of Postgraduate Studies 
  • School of Management Technology 
  • School of Health and Health Technology 
  • School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology 
  • School of Computing 
7) University of Abuja

Best Nigerian Universities - University of Abuja

Another federal university on the row. It is located in the Nigerian capital, Abuja and founded in 1998. Academic work started in UniAbuja in 1990 with matriculation of it's pioneer students. It sits seventh on this list of best universities.

UniAbuja operates from it's main campus in Giri along Abuja airport and the mini campus located in Gwagwalada.

Faculties and colleges of this university includes:
  • College of Health Sciences 
  • Faculty of Arts 
  • Faculty of Agriculture 
  • Faculty of Education 
  • Faculty of Engineering 
  • Faculty of law 
  • Faculty of Science 
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 
  • School of Post Graduate Studies 
  • School of Remedial Studies 
6) Ahmadu Bello University 

Best Nigerian Universities - Ahmadu Bello University

Located in Zaria, Kaduna state and established on October 4, 1962. ABU is a federal government research university. Professor Kabir Bala sits currently as the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University. This school is the sixth best high institution in Nigeria.

ABU operates two campuses like the University of Abuja. It has one in Samaru which is the main campus and the other one in Kongo all in Zaria. The school has a large medical program with it's own teaching hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa. 

There are thirteen faculties found in ABU and they are 
  • Faculty of Administration 
  • Faculty of Agriculture 
  • Faculty of Engineering 
  • Faculty of Arts 
  • Faculty of Education 
  • Faculty of Environmental Design 
  • Faculty of Law 
  • Faculty of Medicine 
  • Faculty of Life Sciences 
  • Faculty of Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science 
  • Faculty of Social Science 
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 

5) University of Ilorin

Best Nigerian Universities - University of Ilorin

One of the most popular high institutions in the country. Unilorin like most universities on this list is a federal government owned university in ilorin Kwara State. It was established in 1975 with professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as the current Vice Chancellor.

The university has lots of notable alumni to its record. The school has over fifteen faculties currently moving very fast from three in 1976. These faculties are
  • Arts 
  • Education 
  • Engineering and Technology 
  • Agriculture 
  • Law
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Communication and Information Sciences 
  • Life Science 
  • Physical Science 
  • Environmental Science and 
  • Management Sciences
4) Obafemi Awolowo University 

Best Nigerian Universities - Obafemi Awolowo University

Established in 1961 and fondly called OAU. It is a federal government owned and operated university. Obafemi Awolowo University is located in ile-ife, Osun State. About 35,000 students attend this school and thousands graduate annually. 

OAU is one of the best universities in Nigeria. The school offers undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes in various fields of specialization. There are 13 faculties in OAU and two colleges which includes:
  • Library
  • Information Technology and Communication Unit 
  • Medical and Health Faculties 
  • Research 
  • Arts 
  • Education 
  • Administration 
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Engineering and Technology etc
3) University of Nigeria, Nsukka 

Best Nigerian Universities - University of Nigeria, Nsukka

UNN is third on the list. It is located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. It is a federal government owned university that was opened in 1960 though founded in 1955.

The university of Nigeria has four campuses, Professor Charles Igwe is the Vice chancellor of the school. It was the first full fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria. UNN has 15 faculties and total of 102 academic departments.

2) Covenant University 

Best Nigerian Universities - Covenant University

Covenant University is the only private university on the list and the second best higher institution in the country. The university is owned by the Living Faith Church Worldwide. Covenant University is located in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

It was opened up in 2002 and has become the leading private university in Nigeria. The School's academic programmes runs on four colleges: The College of Business and Social Sciences, The college of Leadership Development Studies, the college if engineering and the college of science and technology.

The NUC in 2016 listed Covenant university as the best private university in Nigeria and also did the same in 2017. It was the highest ranked Nigerian university in the world Universities ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE).

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1) University of Lagos

Best Nigerian Universities - University of Lagos

This is a public research university located in Lagos State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1962 and currently operates three campuses and has about 60,000 students studying in the university. Unilag as it is fondly called is the number one on the list of Top 10 Universities in Nigeria.

The three campuses includes the main campus located in Akoka, The school of Radiography located in Yaba and the college of Medicine Idi Araban. In terms of Admission, Unilag has remained one of the most competitive in the country.

The faculties found in the University of Lagos includes:
  • Faculty of Arts 
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Management Sciences 
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences
  • Faculty of Education 
  • Faculty of Engineering 
  • Faculty of Environmental Science 
  • Faculty of Law 
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science 
  • Faculty of Pharmacy 

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