Are you wondering which Nigeria universities are the best and how much are their current school fees?
According to Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Also, according to Victor Hugo, “he, who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
The importance of education cannot be overemphasized in the society. It is no wonder that some of the most educated nations are not only one of the most developed but the nations with the most advanced citizens.
The schools established to impart knowledge on students can, therefore, be celebrated as a reservoir of knowledge.
In Nigeria, there are many such schools. However, like in every case, some stand out above the others due to their standards.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 best universities in Nigeria:
1: University of Ibadan
Established in 1948, the University of Ibadan is the premier university in Nigeria. It was started as a College under the University of London before it became a full-fledged university in 1962. The university is one of the top universities in Nigeria, having trained some notable Nigerians, including Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Emeka Anyaoku amongst others. Today, the institution offers academic programmes in 16 faculties including Arts, Science, Medicine and Engineering. The school fees are largely based on faculty.
For fresh students, the school fees range from N19,000 to N45,000 and for returning students, it ranges from N13,000 to N35,000.
2: University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Established in 1960 in the suburban city of Nsukka in Enugu state, UNN is a co-educational school that is regarded as one of the top universities in Nigeria. The school, which also has campuses in Enugu, Ituku-Ozalla and Aba, is the first autonomous university in Nigeria. The institutions trained some notable Nigerians, including Charles Soludo, Dora Akunyili, Pat Utomi, and Peter Obi amongst others. The university that started with 220 students now offers 82 undergraduate programmes and 211 postgraduate programmes.
The school fee for fresh students is N76,000 at most and N70,000 at least while that of returning students is N40,000 at least and N50,000 at most, all depending on the department.
3: University of Lagos
The University of Lagos was founded in 1962 in the urban metropolis of Lagos. UNILAG, as it is fondly called, is located in Akoka, Yaba with another campus in Idi-Araba, Yaba. It is called the “school of first choice and the nation’s pride” and also known for its strong social life as well its academic prowess by Nigerian students. The school offers programmes from 12 faculties. Some of the notable alumni include Yemi Osibanjo, Akinwunmi Ambode, Oluwaseyi Makinde, Dr D.K. Olukoya, Pst. E.A. Adeboye, Oby Ezekwesili amongst others.
The school fees for non-science programmes is about N67,000 for new students and about N20,000 for returning students while that of art-based programmes is about N56,000 for new students and about N15,000 for returning students.
4: Obafemi Awolowo University
Obafemi Awolowo University was established in 1962 in Ile-Ife, Osun state. The school was initially the University of Ife before it was renamed after one of the prominent nationalists and one of the first leaders of independent Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. OAU, as it is fondly called, is one of the top universities in Nigeria, having trained many notable Nigerians such as Akinwumi Adesina, Toyin Falola, Biyi Bandele, Dele Momodu and Ibukun Awosika amongst others. It is one of the largest schools in Nigeria, in terms of landmass and is known for its selective admission policy.
The school fees range from N44,000 to N58,000 for new students and from N20,000 to N32,000 for returning students, depending on the faculty.
5: Covenant University
Established in 2002 in Ota, Ogun State, Covenant University or CU, as it is fondly called, was founded by the Living Faith Church as a part of the Liberation Commission, with the vision to become the leading world-class Christian mission university. Some notable Nigerians who were trained in the institution include Simi, Bez, Ishaya Bako, and Chef Fregz amongst others.
The school fees range from about N820,000 to N885,000 for returning students and about N930,000 to N1,003,000 for fresh students.
6: Ahmadu Bello University
Located in Zaria, Kaduna state, Ahmadu Bello University was established in 1962. The university is a product of the recommendation of the Ashby Commission on Post School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria to establish a university in Northern Nigeria. Named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the school has 12 faculties and 2 beautiful campuses. Some of the notable alumni include Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, Namadi Sambo, Atiku Abubakar, Nuhu Ribadu and Ahmed Makarfi amongst others.
The school fees for new students is between N44,000 to N45,000 depending on the department and between N23,000 to N40,000 depending on the level for returning students.
7: Federal University of Technology, Minna
FUT Minna, as it is fondly called, was established in 1983 as a result of the country’s drive to improve in science and technology. The main faculties in the school are technologically or science-based. Since its establishment, the institution has recorded a number of innovations. Notable alumni include Kemi Adesoye, Arc. Mrs Suswam and Paul Obiefule amongst others.
The school fee is about N62,000 for fresh students and N28,000 for returning students.
8: University of Ilorin
Established in 1975, the university was initially started at the temporary campus of the Kwara State Polytechnic. The university has since then become a force to reckon with, being the first university in Nigeria to be ranked among the top 20 top universities in Africa. The school currently has 15 faculties. Some of the notable alumni include Nkem Owoh, Femi Adebayo, Josephine Odumakin, Tope Oshin, Dunsin Oyekan and the late Pius Adesanmi.
The school fee is between N15,000 to N60,000 depending on the department and the level.
9: University of Benin
Established in 1970, the University of Benin is one of the top universities in Nigeria. Located in Benin City, Edo State, the university is known to collaborate with both academic and non-academic institutions as well as international bodies across the globe. Some notable Nigerians trained in the school include Babatunde Raji Fashola, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Omoni Oboli and Victor Uwaifo amongst others.
The school fee is between N70,000 and N74,000 depending on the department while the acceptance fee is N60,000 for all students.
10: University of Abuja
Established in 1988, the university is located in the federal capital of Nigeria. The school started at a temporary site of a primary school in Gwagwalada, Abuja before the permanent site was allocated to them along Abuja Airport road. The school has ten faculties, one postgraduate school and one school of remedial studies. Notable alumni include Abdulmumin Jibrin, Uzee Usman, Natasha Akpoti, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Lilian Esoro amongst others.
The school fee is between N38,000 to N43,000 for fresh students and between N20,000 to N23,000 for returning students, depending on the department.