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Top 20 Best Universities in Nigeria (Updated List)

Top 20 Best universities in Nigeria

Choosing the best universities in Nigeria comes with a lot of headaches, scrutiny and other measures that must be taken into consideration when carrying out the research. We have come out with the 2018 list of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria, please note that this is not just another regular list.

Nigeria is diverse country with 3 major ethnic groups and other minority ethnic groups with over 36 states with all clamoring for a university in their states. Currently there are more than 100 universities in Nigeria, Federal, States and private which is why JAMB Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) and the NUC (Nigerian University Commission) has a major role to play in the educational sector in Nigeria, so the quest to be amongst the top 20 best University in Nigeria comes with a lot of efforts and results put together.

When choosing the best university in Nigeria, we will not be partial, as we are doing our selections from private, states and federal Universities in Nigeria

Unlike primary and secondary schools where the best usually are chosen from the beauty and the expensive school fees, its a different case entirely with higher institutions, here we will highlight below, criteria for choosing the best university in Nigeria or any other country in the world.

Criteria For Choosing

There are various criteria for choosing the best universities in Nigeria, but one thing must be made known, there is no university in that is best at everything, some universities are best at some courses  for example, we wrote about best university to study Accounting Medicine and surgery, best university to study engineering and other tech courses, but on the average, there are some universities that rank higher than the others when all is put together aside just education.

1. Learning Environments of the University

This is a major factor that is considered when choosing the top 20 universities in Nigeria, when you visit most Nigerian universities and their lecture halls, the heat that emanates from the overcrowded students inside the hall would be enough to boil a kettle of water. In cases like this, how can student’s concentration be at 100%, it is so bad that most of the students sit on windows, some stand while some stay at the corridor listening to the lecturer via the pathetic public address system. But a conducive learning environment says it all, there is concentration at its peak, lecturer to student interaction, rooms for practical, question and answering, not forgetting the ability to given tests and mark. All these put together can determine if a university is worth being on the top 20 list of best universities in Nigeria.

      2. Quality and Quantity of Lecturers of the University

Quantity and Quality of lecturers in the university is another factor, there are cases where universities are short staffed, that are the main reason some courses are dis-accredited by the NUC, there is this popular saying “Garbage in Garbage Out” the truth is, you cannot give out what you do not have.  When much is given, much is expected, so is the case with having quality lecturers. When the technical know-how is passed on to the students, it is only normal for the student to be well grounded in the course of study. Do u wonder why some companies upon recruitment stipulate what university should apply for the job vacancy? This is what is obtainable when quality lecturers offer quality lectures to students. With this you would agree with me is one of the factors for choosing the top 20 best universities in Nigeria.

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     3. Learning Facilities

There is this saying that while you pass through the university, the university must also pass through you. It is vice versa, being educated does not literally means you are exposed. Being exposed is something that most schools have not acclimatized their students with. There are cases where so called graduates cannot make good use of a simple machine in the case of engineering students, or practical in the case of science students and the list could go on and on. Being able to practice the theoretical aspect of your course puts you ahead of others. The top 20 best universities in Nigeria usually have these facilities in place because it is a major criteria being among the top 20 universities in Nigeria.

Now to the nitti-gritty, we have collated the top 20 best universities in Nigeria, from the bottom to the number one spot. The top spot signifies the best university in Nigeria among the top 20 on the list.



If we were to choose 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 class of its own which is no surprise it falls on the 20th position of the top 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 higher 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 known 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 located in Ilishan Remo Ogun State Nigeria, being a private university, Babcock average undergraduate school fees is within the range of 345,000 naira. Being a private university, it is off the interference from the state or federal government 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.

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The Federal University of Technology Akure is one of the few Universities of technology in Nigeria, founded in 1981 by the Federal government 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 number 17th position in the ranking of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


This is indeed one of the most popular universities in Nigeria, earlier in this post when i m=talked about there not being a university that is best at everything, i made mention of some universities being best at some courses, LASU is one of them. LASU is known for being good at man professional courses like accounting, Business Administration and best of all is LAW, they are regarded as one of the best universities in Nigeria to study Law.

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


Those familiar with this university would agree with us that Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, also known as Udusok was formerly known as University of Sokoto. It is a Federal university established in 1975 and located in the ancient city of Sokoto state. The university has a total number of over 24,000 students and with a very large and conducive learning 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 upn 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 up on the 14th position of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria. It is government owned, the university is located in the ancient city of Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state. It offered courses in undergraduate, graduate and post graduate programmes with includes Masters, PGD (Post Graduate Diploma) and PhD programmes. Oye Ekiti is known for its speedy academic session; with this students are able to plan and schedule activities beyond the university four walls.

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Federal University Oye Ekiti was established in 2011, and has two campuses, one is located at Oye-Ekiti and the other at Ikole-Ekiti respectively.

Armed with 7 Faculties and 27 Departments and home to over 6,000 undergraduates not including their post graduate school. It definitely has every reason to be on the list.


This Federal University is simply known for one thing, Agriculture, it is one of the few Nigerian Universities with specialty.

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta FUNAAB, located in Ogun state was founded on the 1st of  January 1988 by the Federal Government.

The Federal government in its bid to boost agriculture in Nigeria, injected resources and revamped the university to meet up to standard with the purchase of machines and tools for mechanised farming and other forms of agriculture. As usual, certain requirements must be met in order to gain 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 government of Nigeria which makes it the oldest University of Technology in Nigeria, with aim to promote science and technology and made in Nigeria products. The Federal University of Technology Owerri stands out among the list of the Universities of technology in Nigeria. FUTO offers degree course in undergraduate and post graduate programmes. The University ranks as number 12 on the list of the top 20 best universities in Nigeria.


FUTMINNA  as it is popularly known as is another Federal university of technology in Nigeria situated in Minna northern Nigeria, in fact it is the only university of technology in the region. This was set up by the Federal government in order to serve the northern region just like it’s eastern(FUTO) and Western counterparts (FUTA) FUTMINNA was established in 1983, The objective for its establishment is to give effect to the Nation’s drive for the much-needed self-reliance in Science, Engineering and especially Technology which currently it is delivering. FUTMINNA holds number 11 position on the ranking table. Thumbs up to the great institution.



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  1. Unizik, MOUAU, Should be on the list

    1. The list of top 20 best universities in Nigeria has been based on certain criteria, give us your justifiable reasons why UNIZIK abd MOUAU should be on the list

  2. is university of otouke a good school

    1. Sure it is a good school. Infact schools like FUTOTUOKE are better off due to the less crowded students which in turn gives the students better student to lecturer access and communication.

  3. Ummaru musa yar’adua univarsity Umyu

  4. does fuotueke offer pure economics and how much is their school fees

  5. I think UNICAL should be on the list because of the performances of their Department of Theatre Arts, which has established an enviable record for
    itself within Nigeria and Abroad.

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