List of Top 100 Universities in Nigeria For 2021 (Private, States and Federal)

National University Commission (NUC) in conjunction with 4icu.org, a globally respected website and an authority in the business of university rankings in the world performs its yearly ritual of coming up with the list top universities in the world at large.

Yearly, Universities are springing up from the different Geo political zones of Nigeria, 80% of these universities are Privately owned, some are accredited while others are not.

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Recently, the Federal Ministry of Education through her agency, the National Universities Commissions published a list of Fake or better put, Dis-accredited Universities currently operating in Nigeria and warned the general public against falling victim. The outcry by the public as regards wanting to know which university is accredited necessitated the move to bring to your notice, the list of top 100 Universities in Nigeria as for 2021.

The universities listed here are duly accredited and courses and award of Degrees are approved by a working Senate so that alone concretizes the authenticity of this list.

Today we are focusing our radar on the list of 100 universities in Nigeria, this time we are leaving no stone upturned as we dig deep into all states, Federal and private universities.

There have been cases where other blogs list out the top 10 universities in Nigeria, top 20 Universities in Nigeria and the list keeps growing without substantial evidences to back up their claims.

Please note that the universities listed here do not in any way have a permanent position, they can either drop in the ranking or go higher as this depends on a whole lot of factors.

4icu alongside the NUC ranking are based on various factors, lets take a look at some of the major factors for ranking these universities.

Six (6) Factors For Ranking The Top 100 Best Universities In Nigeria

a) Size And Quality of the University:

Despite size not being a major ranking factor, it can be listed as one of the attributes when discussing about top universities in Nigeria. There have been cases where people confuse the school with the biggest Landmass as the biggest University in Nigeria, its is a very wrong notion. Take Lagos state for instance, in terms of Landmass, Lagos is one of the smallest states but regarded as the biggest and most populous in terms of development.

So in this case we are referring to the developed areas within the school and not just the size of the land the university is built on.

b) Availability of Adequate Learning Facilities:

It is not enough to have a lecture hall as even villages have town halls, what distinguishes halls are the specific needs they are built for. University lecture halls must be equipped with adequate desks and tables, public address systems, write materials and other facilities for carrying out practicals when it does not require going to the Laboratory.

The lecture halls usually ought to come with Air conditioners to cozen up the room temperature, though in the Nigerian setting, this seems like too much to ask for, it is such a pity.

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c) Qualifications of Lecturers:

We based our ranking too on this factor. A major and important raking attribute when listing the top 100 universities in Nigeria. The quality service imparted in the students can make or mar the quality of graduates the school produces yearly and this has a chain effect on the economy as well.

Some times it is not wholly about the qualifications of these lecturers because there is a big difference between having a knowledge and the ability to pass it on to others, though that is not to override the importance of being qualified.

Qualification and quality go hand in hand most times, the higher your qualifications, the better qualified you are for the job and that talks a lot about the quality of service you can render.

You can imagine an ageing Professor in a lecture hall of about 400 students, truth be told, there will be no effective means of passing his messages across and managing such crowd.

For a university to maintain its spot on the list of top universities in Nigeria, there should be an average increase in quality young and fresh lecturers at least every four (4) sessions. The number of Masters degree holders (a minimum qualification that must be strictly adhered to), Ph.D holders and Professors are also factors that were taken into account based on the ranking.

d) Speed of Academic Calendar (Session)

No student wants to spend more than the required number of years required for his or her course. By default, the university with the fastest academic calendar attracts the most candidates during UTME admission applications. So far, the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), ranks as the university with the fastest academic session in Nigeria, how is that possible? they broke out off ASUU and when it comes to disciplined lecturers, you can count on them.

Some of the under-listed schools can be counted on in terms of having a speedy academic calendar, which is the reason they posses the bragging rights of being among the top 100 best universities in Nigeria.

e) Number of First Class and Second Class Upper Graduates

The number of Fist class is synonymous with the quality of lecturers in the university. To whom much is given, much is expected. Since lecturers spend valuable time with their students, it is normal when the students learn faster and gain more.

Ranking the best universities in Nigeria based on the number of First class and Second class upper has never being overestimated as this talks a whole lot about the quality of education being impacted on the students and in turn has a positive effect on the image of the university because they take the credit and not the lecturers who did the job.

f) Research And Development:

This is where all Nigerian Universities which includes Federal, States and Private Universities have failed woefully. In other developed worlds, innovations and inventions come from the universities.

Aside lecturing, lecturers take pride in carrying our researches of various kinds and have their names listed as a team of researchers that concluded or found the result to an age long inquiry.

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Here our university lecturers are best at selling hand-outs and forcing students to buy half baked plagiarized text books that practically holds no water, LOL! this is not to say there are none at all, in as much as they careless about researches, a fair share of the blame goes to the Federal and state government too who totally lack any sense of commitment to this very important area.

A country cannot grow without a solid R&D Research and Development ministry if there is anything called that because It is the backbone of any nation.

Just a few of the universities listed here carry out researches in their little ways, you can see them based on the ranking below.

There are other factors for ranking the best universities in Nigeria but for the sake of trying not to over bore you with too many words, lets go straight to the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria

Below is the list of top 100 Universities in Nigeria for the year 2020, go through and see the number your university falls

List of Top 100 Universities In Nigeria 2021 (Private States & Federal)

UniversityLocation
1University of IbadanIbadan
2University of LagosLagos
3Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-Ife
4Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria
5University of IlorinIlorin
6Covenant UniversityOta
7University of NigeriaNsukka …
8University of BeninUgbowo …
9University of AbujaAbuja
10University of Port HarcourtPort Harcourt
11Federal University of Technology, MinnaMinna
12Federal University of Technology, OwerriOwerri
13University of Agriculture, AbeokutaAbeokuta …
14Federal University, Oye-EkitiOye …
15Usmanu Danfodio UniversitySokoto
16Lagos State UniversityOjo
17Federal University of Technology, AkureAkure
18Babcock UniversityIlishan-Remo …
19Bayero University KanoKano
20American University of NigeriaYola
21Ladoke Akintola University of TechnologyOgbomoso …
22Afe Babalola UniversityAdo-Ekiti
23University of JosJos
24Landmark UniversityOmu-Aran
25Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAwka …
26University of UyoUyo
27Abubakar Tafawa Balewa UniversityBauchi
28Michael Okpara University of AgricultureUmuahia
29Enugu State University of Science and TechnologyEnugu
30Rivers State University of Science and TechnologyPort Harcourt
31Adekunle Ajasin UniversityAkungba Akoko …
32Benue State UniversityMakurdi
33Redeemer’s UniversityMowe
34Kwara State UniversityIlorin
35Veritas UniversityAbuja
36Osun State UniversityOshogbo …
37University of Agriculture, MakurdiMakurdi
38Nasarawa State UniversityKeffi
39African University of Science and TechnologyAbuja
40Ekiti State University, Ado EkitiAdo-Ekiti
41University of CalabarCalabar
42Kogi State UniversityAnyigba
43Tai Solarin University of EducationIjebu-Ode …
44Federal University, Dutsin-MaDutsin-Ma
45Ebonyi State UniversityAbakaliki
46Federal University, Ndufu-AlikeNdufu-Alike
47University of MaiduguriMaiduguri
48Umaru Musa Yar’Adua UniversityKatsina
49Nile University of NigeriaAbuja
50Bowen UniversityIwo
51Al-Hikmah UniversityIlorin …
52Delta State University, AbrakaAbraka
53Niger Delta UniversityWilberforce Island Yenagoa
54Abia State UniversityUturu
55Ambrose Alli UniversityEkpoma
56Modibbo Adama University of TechnologyYola
57Federal University, OtuokeOtuoke
58Imo State UniversityOwerri
59Olabisi Onabanjo UniversityAgo Iwoye …
60Federal University of Petroleum ResourcesEffurun
61Kaduna State UniversityKaduna
62Federal University, LokojaLokoja
63Akwa Ibom State UniversityUyo
64Benson Idahosa UniversityBenin City
65Paul UniversityAwka
66Federal University, DutseDutse
67Ajayi Crowther UniversityOyo Town
68Lead City UniversityIbadan
69Bingham UniversityAuta Balifi
70Baze UniversityAbuja
71Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida UniversityLapai
72Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUli
73Joseph Ayo Babalola UniversityIkeji-Arakeji
74Madonna UniversityOkija …
75Crawford UniversityFaith City …
76Cross River University of TechnologyCalabar …
77Caritas UniversityEnugu
78Ondo State University of Science and TechnologyOkitipupa
79Bells University of TechnologyOta
80Igbinedion University OkadaOkada …
81Elizade UniversityIlara-Mokin
82Achievers University, OwoOwo
83Caleb UniversityImota
84Kano University of Science and TechnologyWudil
85Federal University, LafiaLafia
86Sokoto State UniversitySokoto
87Fountain UniversityOshogbo
88Adeleke UniversityEde
89Federal University, KashereKashere
90Federal University, WukariWukari
91University of MkarMkar
92Oduduwa UniversityIle Ife
93Godfrey Okoye UniversityUgwuomu-Nike
94Taraba State UniversityJalingo
95Obong UniversityObong Ntak
96Yobe State UniversityDamaturu
97Renaissance UniversityEnugu
98Salem UniversityLokoja
99Wellspring UniversityBenin City
100Al-Qalam University, KatsinaKatsina
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As opined earlier, the ranking is not a permanent one, it changes based on the above factors, any university that either fails to maintain and upgrade drops on the list, however, a university can maintain her position should the management keep up to what is expected by the NUC.

What position does your university fall under the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria? please note that this ranking is not cast in stones as they are subject to change

If you have any question as regards the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria for 2021, kindly get back to us via the comment section below and we shall respond accordingly.

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