Top 10 Best Universities In Nigeria: (2021 Updated)

Which are the best universities in Nigeria? If this is the question you have been wanting to know about this then you are in the right place.

The education sector has been the backbone of every nation, when the people are uneducated it will be difficult to control or govern over them. In Nigeria case, according to the National Policy on Education (NPE), every Nigerian is expected to at least have a primary school education.

The Nigerian education sector is divided into three forms which are the primary education, secondary education and tertiary education. Under the tertiary education, we then have the University, Polytechnics and the Vocational Institutions.

The National University Commission is in charge of Universities in Nigeria, they are the one behind the establishment of new universities and so many other things that concerns the university.

Another body that sees to the affairs of the university and how staffs are being taken care of is the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) likewise we have the one that handles the non-academic staffs called (NASU).

If you are just done with your SSCE and JAMB then you definitely will be on the lookout for the best university that suits your course of study, the serenity of the university environment, the rank of the university and also many other factors, we have made this list after considering a huge number of factors.

Without further ado, let us show you the list of the top 20 universities in Nigeria.


Top 10 Best Universities in Nigeria


The University of Ibadan was founded in the year 1947, though started as a college as an affiliate of the University of London. The University of Ibadan was later in 1962 recognized as a university. but then it was a college under the University of London. It was recognized as a university in the year 1962. It is located in Ibadan, Oyo state.

The University of Ibadan is known to be the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria and with its motto “Recite Sapere Fons” which means “Right Thinking is the Fount of Knowledge.”

The University of Ibadan is located in the Oyo State, South-Western region of Nigeria and is rated as one of the best university in Nigeria.


Covenant University is a private owned religious University which is situated in Ota Ogun State Nigeria.

The University is owned by the Living Faith Church Worldwide, this is the first private university to make the list of top 10 Universities in Nigeria and is rated as the best private university in Nigeria.

Founded in 2002, Covenant University motto is “Raising a New Generation of Leaders.”


The University of Nigeria Nsukka is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State Nigeria and is founded in the year 1955 though officially recognised in 1960.

UNN was founded by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and the university is known as one of the best university in Nigeria due to its achievement so far, producing quite a huge number of intellectuals and leaders.

UNN motto is “To Restore The Dignity Of Man” and has 15 faculties and 102 departments.


Popularly known as “Great Ife,” OAU was founded in 1962 and is one of the universities with a glooming glory. The university has produced many icons and Nobel Laurette holders.

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No doubt OAU is among the leading educational spheres in Africa and has since maintained its position as one of the top universities in Nigeria.

OAU is located in the ancient cit of Ife in Osun State Nigeria and its motto “For Learning and Culture.”


FUTMINNA  is a technology-based university, it is a federal university pays more focus on Biotech and Genetical engineering and many other technology curses.

The Federal University of Technology Minna is founded in 1983 and is located in Niger State Nigeria, FUTMINNA motto is “Technology For Empowerment.”


The most popular University in Nigeria, Unilag was founded in 1962 and is a Federal Government-owned university and a public research university located in Lagos State Nigeria.

The university is known for its academic excellence and rated as one of the best and outstanding university in Nigeria with a good reputation to show for it.

Unilag being situated in Lagos state which is the commercial city of Nigeria is the University with the highest population and also among the first set of Universities that was accredited by NUC.

Serves mostly as first-choice of most student seeking admission and has a good ranking among the best universities in the world.

Unilag motto is “In Need and Truth,” Unilag is located in Yaba, Lagos State Nigeria.


Ahmadu Bello University popularly called ABU or UNI-ABU was founded in 1962 and is located in Zaria, Kaduna State Nigeria.

ABU is a Federal Government Research-based University which was named after Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and the premier of Northern Nigeria.

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The University operated two campuses and 12 faculties with a pos-graduate school.


Unilorin is a Federal Government owned University which was founded in 1975, rated as one of the top ten African Universities. Unlike every other universities in Nigeria, UNILORIN dissociates itself from activities of ASUU thereby making its yearly programs smooth and fast.

Unilorin currently has 15 faculties and the university is located in Kwara State, Unilorin motto is “Probitas Doctrina” which means “Character and Learning.”


The University of Benin popularly called UNIBEN was founded in 1970, the university is rated as one of the best university in Nigeria.

According to the university, its the first female vice-chancellor Grace Alele Williams was once a student of the school which was one of the reason the University got famous. Though has been established for quite some years now, the university has been able to produce many known icons.

UNIBEN is located in Benin city in Edo State, Nigeria. Uniben motto is “Knowledge and Character.”


Landmark University was established in 2011 and located in Omu-Aran in Kwara State Nigeria. Landmark University is the second private university on the list of top best Universities in Nigeria.

Its motto is “Breaking New Grounds,” and as the name implies, Landmark University has made a noticeable landmark among the Nigerian Universities.

Landmark University is a region owned university founded by Living Faith Church which is popularly known as Winners Chapel.


We have many other Universities in Nigeria that are worthy to be on this list. Any university not listed here doesn’t really mean they are not of quality, we just have to select the few we’ve listed here based on academics merits and popularity.


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