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Top 20 Best Universities in Nigeria 2024


Hi reader, in this article Cafegist team, will like to share with you the current happenings and news & update about the top twenty (20) universities, did you have to further your learning at any university if yes, you need to look at the list university as your choice of institution in the UTME registration if yes, then this article is definitely for you.


If we were to indicate the best university in Nigeria based on learning environment, school fees, and beauty, the American University of Nigeria would be topping the list of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria. The university is saddled with all it takes to be a category of its own which is not any surprise it falls in the 20th position of the highest 20 best universities in Nigeria.

Established in 20014, Located in Yola, Adamawa State, with its fees paid in dollars averaging about 1.59 million in Naira equivalent and following the American style education programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels., AUN as it is fondly called is on a class of its own.


Who says the North is not known for higher education, Bayero University Kano popularly known as BUK was founded in 1977, it was initially known as Bayero University College and was subsequently upgraded from a university college to a full blown university. Bayero University Kano is located in Kano state as the name implies. Talking about quality and quantity of staff, BUK is understood for it, with a staff strength of over 1,100, and an ample learning environment, BUK still retain its position as number 19 on the list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


One of the Christian universities in Nigeria known for discipline and uprightness, Babcock university is found in Ilishan Remo Ogun State Nigeria, being a personal university, Babcock average undergraduate school fees is within the range of 345,000 naira. Being a personal university, it’s off the interference from the state or federal which automatically makes it known for its speedy academic calendar, conducive learning environment, and up to standard learning facilities. Babcock University ranks on number 18th position on the list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


The Federal University of Technology Akure is one among the few Universities of technology in Nigeria, founded in 1981 by the federal of Nigeria, located in Akure, Ondo state precisely. The university in terms of experience in technology is second to none which is why till date, it keeps producing alumni of this great country. FUTA is holds it spot on the amount 17th position within the ranking of the highest 20 best universities in Nigeria.


This is indeed one among the foremost popular universities in Nigeria, earlier during this post once I m=talked about there not being a university that’s best at everything, i made mention of some universities being best at some courses, LASU is one among them. LASU is understood for being good at man professional courses like accounting, Business Administration and better of all is LAW, they’re considered one among the simplest universities in Nigeria to study Law.

The Lagos State University wont to be known for its slow academic calendar thanks to the high volume of scholars being absorbed yearly, but with the interpolation of Lagos state Governors, the university is now operating at its peak. It ranks on the number 16th position on the list.


Those conversant in this university would accept as true with us that Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, also referred to as Udusok was formerly referred to as University of Sokoto. It is a Federal university established in 1975 and located within the ancient city of Sokoto state. The university has a total number of over 24,000 students and with a very large and advantageous erudition environment, Usmanu Danfodiyo University. And gaining admission into this university is practically hurdle free. Simply with your 200 cut off mark with a minimum of 5 credits in courses relevant to the course of study chosen upon your UTME registration, you are good to go. This university ranks on number 15th position on the list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria


The Federal University of Oye Ekiti FUOYE springs abreast of the 14th position of the highest 20 best universities in Nigeria. It is government-owned, and the university is found within the ancient city of Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state. It offered courses in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programmes with includes Masters, PGD (Post Graduate Diploma) and PhD programmes. Oye Ekiti is known for its speedy academic session; with these students are able to plan and schedule activities beyond the university four walls.

Federal University Oye Ekiti was established in 2011, and has two campuses, one is found at Oye-Ekiti and therefore the other at Ikole-Ekiti respectively. Armed with 7 disinclination and 27 Departments and residential to over 6,000 undergraduates not including their post grad school . It definitely has every reason to get on the list.


This Federal University is just known for one thing, Agriculture, it’s one of the few Nigerian Universities with the specialty. The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta FUNAAB, located in Ogun state was founded on the 1st of January 1988 by the Federal Government. The federal in its bid to spice up agriculture in Nigeria, injected resources and revamped the university to satisfy plain with the acquisition of machines and tools for mechanized farming and other forms of agriculture. As usual, certain requirements must be met so as to realize admission into this university. Students are expected to meet the cut off mark of 200 in the UTME and a minimum of 5 credits in relevant courses. FUNAAB ranks on the number 13th position of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) located in Owerri, Imo state was established in 1980 by the federal of Nigeria which makes it the oldest University of Technology in Nigeria, with the aim to market science and technology and made in Nigeria products. The Federal University of Technology Owerri stands out among the list of schools of technology in Nigeria. FUTO offers degree courses in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The University ranks number 12 on the list of the highest 20 best universities in Nigeria.


FUTMINNA is popularly referred to as another Federal university of technology in Nigeria situated in Minna northern Nigeria, actually it’s the sole university of technology within the region. This was found out by the federal so as to serve the northern region a bit like it’s eastern(FUTO) and Western counterparts  FUTMINNA was established in 1983, The objective of its establishment is to offer effect to the Nation’s drive for the much-needed self-reliance in Science, Engineering and particularly Technology which currently it’s delivering. FUTMINNA holds the number 11 position on the ranking table. Thumbs up to the great institution.


Finally, a university from the south-south region of Nigeria makes the list. I do not think it is surprising rather, it is expected. The University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) ranks as number top 10 on the list of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria. The university also has a good range of courses judging from the list of courses offered in Uniport. Architecturally, UNIPORT is well grounded, in terms of the experience of lecturers and the quality of education, they are known for it. With up to plain library for research and findings, they’re top-notch so tell me why they might not be ranked among the simplest universities in Nigeria. Kudos to this great university. They still maintain the amount 10 spots on the list.


This is pretty new on the list of Federal Universities in Nigeria, UNIABUJA is widely considered one of the fastest-growing universities in Nigeria. Located in Mohammed Maccido Rd, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The University of Abuja was established on January 1, 1988, as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. The University is number 9 on the ranking list.


The students of this ever-corrosive university are considered Unibest. This Federal University was established to serve the then mid-western state formerly referred to as BENDEL state. Uniben has two campuses with the most campus at Ugbowo and therefore the other referred to as Ekenwa campus which is supposed for Theatre and sculptural art students.

The university of Benin students are always filled with high spirit, educationally, intellectually, and articulately they’re sound, thumbs up to their lecturers. The University of Benin is one among its kinds within the South-South a part of Nigeria, with large lecture halls and basements for all kinds of events, state of the art Library, power generating set that lights up the whole university just in case of power outage and other facilities which make the university one among the simplest in Nigeria.

They boast of a number of the simplest engineering lecturers in West Africa , the university may be a mixyure of beauty and brain. Did we forget to say it was established in 1970 and has a total enrolment of over 40,000 students? That’s it about the University of Benin. The University ranks as number 8 on the list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


The University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN), was founded in 1955, after the university of Ibadan, UNN is the second oldest university in Nigeria located at Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
NSUKA is understood for quality education and speedy school term . Structurally too, they’re at the highest, their learning facilities also are top-notch, research and development are encouraged, recently, a gaggle of Nsuka engineering students build machines meant for lifting heavy loads. These are as a result of a number of the sensible classes being encouraged just because the facilities are available, albeit not all, a minimum of basic facilities.

They also offer degree courses in undergraduate, post graduate levels. UNN is ranked as number 7 on the list of best universities in Nigeria.(15) COVENANT UNIVERSITY OTA, OGUN STATE

Without doubt, this privately owned university is among the simplest universities in Nigeria and beyond it shores. On the private level, Covenant University is unarguably the simplest University in Nigeria. They are stylishly referred to as CU students. The university seems one among the very best number of first class students yearly and therefore the truth remains that they prove it beyond the four walls of the university.

Covenant University is owned by popular clergy man Bishop Oyedepo who is considered the richest pastor in Africa and top 3 within the world. He is known for implanting discipline on his students though many have kicked alongside his high handed ness towards students considering the rate of expulsion and suspension not minding the huge school fees being coughed out by parents and guidance.

Talking about beauty and learning environment, Covenant University is top notch, with state of the art facilities, quality lecturers, speedy school term and robust calendar to accommodate various programmes, Covenant University sits comfortably on the amount 6 spot on the list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria. That is truly a feat to behold.


Ask us about the Federal University with the fastest academic calendar in Nigeria and that we will point at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN). This federal university was established in 1975 and is located at 1515, Unilorin Staff Quarters, Amodu Bello Way, Ilorin, Kwara state.The university as at today has a total enrollment of over 20,000 undergraduate students and offers various degree courses you you can look through the list of courses offered in Unilorin for confirmation, also post graduate diploma, Masters and PhD programmes are offered in the university. With sound professors, ample learning environments, standard learning facilities and all requirements to be listed among one of the best universities in Nigeria, The university of Ilorin ranks on number 5 position of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


This is the flagship universities of the north. Occasionally referred to as ABU Zaria, was established on October 4th 1962, a year before Nigeria became a republic. it is the sole Northern University to rank amongst the highest 10 on the list of top 20 best Universities in Nigeria and automatically makes it the simplest university in the Nigeria (northern region). ABU Zaria boasts of quality lecturers and conducive learning environment, hostel facilities to accommodate its students for undergraduate and post graduate level. It ranks on the amount 4th position on the list of the highest 20 best university in Nigeria. That’s a huge feat to achieve.


Whenever OAU is mentioned, the primary thing that involves mind is their unique structural design, built to accommodate the topographical nature of the soil the varsity is made on. OAU has the simplest structure in Nigeria and West Africa . A den for professors and radical students though intelligent.  it was Formerly known as the University of Ife before being named after one of Nigeria’s foremost leaders  in the person of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

OAU was established in 1961 but proper lecture commenced in October the following year (1962), therefore, not many would argue why OAU should be on this list, a visit to the university would convince you. OAU holds the amount 3 position also referred to as the first runner-up on the list of the highest 20 best universities in Nigeria.


The University of Lagos upon establishing used to be a Federal Government research university upon its establishment in 1962. UNILAG features a total number of about 58,000 students both Undergraduate and Postgraduates combined.

This is a university with style, class, and pride. Structurally, one thing they are known for is their Senate Building, cozy environment and standard learning environment. It is the only University in Nigeria with its modified radio station known as Unilag FM.

UNILAG till date prides itself together of the simplest universities in Nigeria with an organized DLI (Distant Learning Institute) this provides workers above all the chance to accumulate a degree certificate in the course of their choice. Well, some ask it because the best university in Nigeria, it’s a private opinion though.


Finally, we are here, this is often the instant everyone has been expecting , the question for the simplest university in Nigeria is finally answered. Being the premier university in Nigeria doesn’t in any way make it the simplest , the unequivocal truth is that the University of Ibadan is an embodiment of completeness in totality.  An average UI student is equals to an above average student in any the university in Nigeria.


They’re almost second to none, talking about lecturers, they need a number of the very best professors in Nigeria, UCH (University College Hospital) ranks among the simplest in African, just name it, The University of Ibadan is in a league of their own therefore regarded as the best university in Nigeria which automatically make it top the 2024 list of top 20 best Universities in Nigeria

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