Did you know? There are as many illegal private universities in Nigeria today as there are the dully accredited ones.
The National Universities commission, NUC, as usual, released the list of Illegal universities operating in Nigeria recently. The list contained 58 illegal universities while 8 more are still being investigated.
Interestingly, a greater percentage (if not all) of these “degree mills” are privately owned universities. The degree mills as referred to by the NUC are universities that are not accredited by the NUC to run degree programmes.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) is the Federal government body in charge of accreditation of Universities in Nigeria and overseeing their activities. The NUC has, therefore, released the full list of accredited private universities in Nigeria.
The list is what I am going to present to you in this article. This is very important so that you don’t patronise any of these illegal universities.
You may be a student and desperate to gain admission but, it is more heart-breaking to be admitted into an illegal university than it is not to gain admission at all. So I urge you to take your time and peruse this list very well so as not to fall into the traps of these fake universities.
In this article, I am going to give you the full list of accredited private universities in Nigeria. I am also going to answer some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Private universities in Nigeria.
So let us get into business…
Accredited Private Universities in Nigeria
As released by the NUC, below are the names of approved private universities in Nigeria. (Note to mobile users: scroll to the right to be able to view full list)
|S/N||PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES||VICE CHANCELLOR||WEBSITE ADDRESS||YEAR EST.|
|1||Achievers University, Owo||Professor Tunji Samuel Ibiyemi||http://www.achievers.edu.ng||2007|
|2||Adeleke University, Ede||Prof. Samuel E Alao||http://www.adelekeuniversity.edu.ng||2011|
|3||Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti - Ekiti State||Professor M.O Ajisafe||http://www.abuad.edu.ng||2009|
|4||African University of Science & Technology, Abuja||Professor Kingston Nyamapfene||http://aust.edu.ng||2007|
|5||Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan||Prof. Dapo F Asaju||http://www.acu.edu.ng||2005|
|6||Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin||Professor Taofeek Ibrahim||https://www.alhikmah.edu.ng||2005|
|7||Al-Qalam University, Katsina||Prof. Shehu G. Ado||http://www.auk.edu.ng||2005|
|8||American University of Nigeria, Yola||Dr. Dawn Dekle||http://www.aun.edu.ng||2003|
|9||Augustine University||Prof. Steve OlaOluwa Afolami||http://www.augustineuniversity.edu.ng/||2015|
|10||Babcock University,Ilishan-Remo||Professor Ademola Stephen Tayo||http://www.babcock.edu.ng||1999|
|11||Baze University||Prof. Tahir Mamman||http://www.bazeuniversity.edu.ng||2011|
|12||Bells University of Technology, Otta||Professor Jeremiah Ojediran||http://www.bellsuniversity.org||2005|
|13||Benson Idahosa University, Benin City||Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie||http://www.idahosauniversity.com||2002|
|14||Bingham University, New Karu||Prof. William Barnabas Qurix||http://www.binghamuni.edu.ng||2005|
|15||Bowen University, Iwo||Professor. Matthews Akintunde Ojo||http://www.bowenuniversity-edu.org||2001|
|16||Caleb University, Lagos||Professor Ayandiji D Aina||http://www.calebuniversity.edu.ng||2007|
|17||Caritas University, Enugu||Professor Vincent C. Okore||http://www.caritasuni.edu.ng/||2005|
|18||Chrisland University||Prof (Mrs) Chinedum Peace Babalola||http://www.chrislanduniversity.edu.ng||2015|
|19||Covenant University Ota||Prof. Aderemi A Atayero||http://www.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/||2002|
|20||Crawford University Igbesa||Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi||http://www.crawforduniversity.edu.ng||2005|
|21||Crescent University||Professor Ibrahim Gbajabiamila||http://www.crescent-university.edu.ng||2005|
|22||Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo||Prof. Timothy O Olagbemiro||http://www.edwinclarkuniversity.edu.ng/||2015|
|23||Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin||Prof. T O Fadayomi||http://www.elizadeuniversity.edu.ng||2012|
|24||Evangel University, Akaeze||Prof. I U Kalu||http://www.evangeluniversity.edu.ng||2012|
|25||Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo||Prof. Usman Abdullateef||http://www.fountainuniversity.edu.ng||2007|
|26||Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike - Enugu State||Prof. (Revd.) Chikelu. Anieke||http://www.gouni.edu.ng||2009|
|27||Gregory University, Uturu||Prof. M O E Iwuala||http://www.gregoryuniversity.com||2012|
|28||Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun||Prof. Segun Odunola||http://www.hallmark.edu.ng||2015|
|29||Hezekiah University, Umudi||Prof. Enoch Ajunwa||http://hezekiah.edu.ng/||2015|
|30||Igbinedion University Okada||Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye||http://www.iuokada.edu.ng||1999|
|31||Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji||Professor Sola Fajana||http://www.jabu.edu.ng||2006|
|32||Kings University, Ode Omu||Prof. Diran Famurewa||http://www.kingsuniversity.edu.ng/||2015|
|33||Kwararafa University, Wukari||Professor Yakubu A Ochefu||http://www.wukarijubileeuniversity.org||2005|
|34||Landmark University, Omu-Aran.||Professor Aize O Obayan||http://www.lmu.edu.ng||2011|
|35||Lead City University, Ibadan||Prof. Kabiru Aderemi Adeyemo||http://www.lcu.edu.ng||2005|
|36||Madonna University, Okija||Prof. Chucks E. Ezedum||http://www.madonnauniversity.edu.ng||1999|
|37||Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo||Prof. Adeniyi Agunbiade||http://www.mcu.edu.ng||2012|
|38||Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University||Prof. (Mrs.) Ibiynka A. Fuwape||http://mciu.edu.ng/||2015|
|39||Mountain Top University||Prof Elijah Ayolabi||http://www.mountaintopuniversity.org/||2015|
|40||Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja||Professor Huseyin Sert||http://www.ntnu.edu.ng||2009|
|41||Novena University, Ogume||Prof Chris Aniche Okoroafor||http://www.novenauniversity.edu.ng||2005|
|42||Obong University, Obong Ntak||Professor Udouda M Ekanemesang||http://www.obonguniversity.net||2007|
|43||Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu - Osun State||Prof. Chibuzo Nnate Nwoke||http://www.oduduwauniversity.edu.ng||2009|
|44||Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos||Professor Juan Manuel Elegido||http://www.pau.edu.ng||2002|
|45||Paul University, Awka - Anambra State||Professor Uche Isiugo-Abanihe||http://www.pauluniversity.edu.ng||2009|
|46||Redeemer's University, Ede||Professor Anthony Enisan Akinlo||http://www.run.edu.ng||2005|
|47||Renaissance University, Enugu||Prof. C C Onochie||http://www.renaissanceuniversityng.com||2005|
|48||Rhema University, Obeama-Asa - Rivers State||Professor O. C. Onwudike||http://www.rhemauniversity.edu.ng||2009|
|49||Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom||Prof. Celestine A Ntuen||http://www.ritmanuniversity.edu.ng||2015|
|50||Salem University, Lokoja||Prof. (Mrs) Dorcas Oluwade||http://www.salemuniversity.org||2007|
|51||Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa.||Prof. Benard E. Aigbokhan||http://www.sau.edu.ng||2011|
|52||Southwestern University, Oku Owa||Prof. Babatunde A Ikotun||http://www.southwesternuniversity.edu.ng||2012|
|53||Summit University||Prof. H O B Oloyede||http://www.summituniversity.edu.ng||2015|
|54||Tansian University, Umunya||Professor Obioma Matthew Iheduru||http://tansianuniversity.edu.ng/||2007|
|55||University of Mkar, Mkar||Prof. Iorwese D Gernah||http://www.unimkar.edu.ng||2005|
|56||Veritas University, Abuja||Prof. Michael Kwanashie||http://www.veritas.edu.ng||2007|
|57||Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa - Edo State||Professor F E Obi Ikediugwu||http://www.wellspringuniversity.net||2009|
|58||Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo||Professor Olu Aderounmu||http://www.wusto.edu.ng||2007|
|59||Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State||Prof. (Mrs) Olete Okobiah||http://wdu.edu.ng||2007|
|60||Christopher University Mowe||Prof. Friday Ndubuisi||http://www.christopheruniversity.edu.ng/||2015|
|61||Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State||Prof. Kolade Ayorinde||http://www.koladaisiuniversity.edu.ng/||2016|
|62||Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State||Prof. J O Afolayan||http://www.aul.edu.ng/||2016|
|63||Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State||Prof. Anthony Akinwole||http://www.dui.edu.ng/||2016|
|64||Legacy University, Okija Anambra State||Prof. Moses Nkem Chendo||http://www.legacyuniversity.edu.ng/||2016|
|65||Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State||Prof. Julian Osuji||http://www.arthurjarvisuniversity.edu.ng/||2016|
|66||Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State||Prof John Adesiji Olorunmaiye||2016|
|67||Coal City University Enugu State||Prof. Malachy Ike Okwueze||2016|
|68||Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State||Prof. Chimezie A Omeonu||http://www.clifforduni.edu.ng/||2016|
|69||Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State||http://www.adun.edu.ng||2017|
|70||Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State||2017|
|71||Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo||2017|
|72||PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt||Prof. Michael Diejomaoh||2017|
|73||Atiba University Oyo||2017|
|74||Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos||Professor Muheez Alani Durosinmi||http://www.ekounivmed.edu.ng||2017|
|75||Skyline University, Kano||2018|
|76||Greenfield University, Kaduna||2019|
|77||Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State||2019|
|78||Trinity University Ogun State||2019|
|79||Westland University Iwo, Osun State|
Private universities Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Which is the first private university in Nigeria?
The first private university in Nigeria is Igbinedion University. It was inaugurated in 1999.
The University is located at Okada in Ovia North-East Local government Area, Edo State Nigeria. It was founded by Sir Gabriel Igbinedion.
They offer diverse undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Q2. What are the Top 10 private universities in Nigeria?
The top ten private universities in Nigeria are listed below:
- Covenant university
- Landmark University
- Babcock university
- American university of Nigeria
- Afe Babalola university
- Al-Hikmah university
- Bowen university
- Pan-Atlantic university
- Redeemer’s university
- Nile university
From the above list you can see that the best private university in Nigeria is Covenant University. You can also view the complete Nigerian Universities ranking to know Covenant University’s standing in the rank.
Note that this list of top 10 private universities in Nigeria was not released by the NUC but by a popular universities ranking platform, 4ICU. They also have in their website the complete private universities ranking for 2019.
Q3. What are the List of Foreign Universities approved by the NUC?
The NUC is an abbreviation for National Universities Commission. It is owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria, therefore, their powers ends here in Nigeria.
They don’t have the authority to accredit/approve foreign universities. If however, you wish to study abroad, there are so many recognized foreign universities you can choose from as approved by their host countries.
Q4. What is the cheapest private university in Nigeria?
I am going to list out the top 5 cheapest private universities in Nigeria and they are:
(Note: The fees listed here is a range. It is so because in the same university, the fees paid vary from department to department.)
- Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin (N103,500 – N686,000)
- Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife (N170,000 – N197,000)
- Ajayi Crowther University (N162,000 – N782,000)
- Obong University, Obong Ntak (N180,000 – N200,000)
- Lead University (N200,500 – N550,000)
Q5. List of Private Universities in Lagos
This list contains the list of NUC approved private universities in Lagos state and they are:
- Achievers University, Owo
- Augustine university, Ilara-Epe
- Caleb University, Lagos State
- Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos state
- Anchor university, Ayobo
- Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Ijanikin, Lagos state
Q6. What are the list of Private Universities in Abuja
The following accredited private universities are in Abuja:
- African university of science and technology, Abuja
- Baze university, Abuja
- Nile university, Abuja
- Veritas university, Abuja