Top 10 Universities in Nigeria 2020: Latest NUC Ranking

Top 10 Universities in Nigeria 2020: Latest NUC Ranking

As 2020 began, we have decided to show you the top 10 best universities in Nigeria based on the latest rankings from University ranking bodies like World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Ranking, and Academic Ranking of World Universities and The Reuters Top 100.

No.1 University of Ibadan


The University of Ibadan, also known as UI is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria. The college started with academic programmes in Arts, Science, and Medicine. It was established in 1947 and has 12 faculties aside from the college of medicine.

  • Arts,
  • Science,
  • Basic Medical Sciences,
  • Clinical Sciences,
  • Agriculture and Forestry,
  • Social Sciences,
  • Education,
  • Veterinary Medicine,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Technology,
  • Law,
  • Public Health and
  • Dentistry

Also, the university has academic units. Some of which include:

  • Institute of Child Health,
  • Institute of Education,
  • Institute of African Studies,
  • Centre for Child Adolescent and
  • Mental Health,
  • Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies,
  • African Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS),
  • Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS),
  • Centre for Petroleum, Energy, Economics and Law (CPEEL),
  • Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), and
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI),
  • Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT),
  • Centre for Drug Discovery, Development & Production (CDDDP),
  • Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonosis (CCPZ).

No.2 University of Nigeria Nsukka

The University of Nigeria was founded by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955. However, the school was formally opened on the 7th of October 1960. It is located in Nsukka, Enugu state.

The University of Nigeria is made up of four campuses

  • Nsukka (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN),
  • Enugu (University of Nigeria Enugu campus, UNEC),
  • Ituku-Ozalla (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH) and
  • Aba (University of Nigeria Aba campus, UNAC).

all located in Enugu State and Aba campus in Abia State

The university has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. The University offers 82 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programmes

No.3 University of Lagos

The university is one of the most competitive institutions in admission with 44,602 undergraduates and 12,581 post graduates as of 2013. The University of Lagos is among the first generation of universities in Nigeria.

The current vice chancellor is Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who has been in position since 2017.

There are 12 faculties:

  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Science
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dental Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Law
  • Pharmacy,
  • Science
  • Social Science

No. 4 Obafemi Awolowo University

Formerly known as the University of Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University was established in 1962.

The university is in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962

The University has produced a Nobel Laureate as well as several National Merit Award winners.

No.5 Covenant University

Covenant University (CU) is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is arguably one of the best private Nigerian universities. It is a Christian university associated with Living Faith Church Worldwide.

It was established 21st of October, 2002 and the current vice chancellor is Doctor David Oyedepo

Covenant University is built around the following core-values: Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice.

No.6 Ahmadu Bello University

Established in 1962, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university in Zaria, Kaduna State Nigeria.

Formerly known as University of Northern Nigeria, it is named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria.

The current vice chancellor is Prof. Ibrahim Garba

The university began with the following faculties:

  • Agriculture,
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Science

There were 15 faculties and 426 inaugural students.

Currently, the University is made up of 2 campuses with 12 Faculties, 1 Post-Graduate School and 82 academic departments. The total student enrolment in this university is 35,000 and they represent a diversity of ethnic background because they are drawn from every state of the country.

The university runs a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes (and offers associate degrees and vocational and remedial programmes).

No.7 Federal University of Technology Minna

Federal University of Technology Minna was established in 1983, located in Minna, Nigeria. The first Vice-Chancellor was Professor J.O. Ndagi who served from 1983 to 1990. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Abdullahi Bala.

 In the beginning, the University took over the facilities of the former Government Teachers’ College Bosso, for use on a permanent basis. This site now serves as the Bosso Campus of the University. The main campus gidan kwano which is sited on a 10,650 hectares of land is located along the Minna – Kataeregi – Bida Road.

As of 2018 the University has 10 schools (faculties):

  • School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology
  • School of Infrastructure, Process and Engineering Technology
  • School of Engineering and Engineering Technology
  • School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology
  • School of Environmental Technology
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Information and Communication Technology
  • School of Technology Education
  • School of Post Graduate Studies

No.8 University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)

Very well known as one of the best universities in Nigeria, UNILORIN enrolled its first set of 200 students on the 23rd of October, 1976 and academic work started on the 25th of October, 1976. It was established 1975. It is located in Ilorin, Kwara state.

Nicknamed Better by far, the current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem

UNILORIN has 15 faculties which include:

  • Arts,
  • Agriculture,
  • Environmental Sciences,
  • Life Sciences,
  • Management Sciences,
  • Physical Sciences,
  • Social Sciences,
  • Communication and Information Sciences,
  • Education,
  • Engineering and Technology,
  • Pharmaceutical Science,
  • Veterinary Medicine, and Law;
  • College of Health Sciences (with 2 Faculties-Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences)
  • Institute of Education and Unilorin Sugar Research Institute); and
  • The Postgraduate School.

Between 2012 and 2016, JAMB (the body in charge of admission into the university in Nigeria) revealed that UNILORIN had the highest number of applicants which implied that it was the most preferred university in the country during this period.

NO. 9 University of Benin

Formerly known as the Institute of Technology, UNIBEN is a research university located in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1970 and is Federal government owned.

It is estimated to have about 75,000 students and two campuses which are:

  • Ugbowo Campus
  • Ekenwan Campus

UNIBEN is known to have produced the first female vice-Chancellor. This happened when Grace Alele-Williams was appointed in 1985 until 1991. The current Vice-Chancellor is
Prof. Lilian Imuetinyan Salami

No. 10 University of Abuja

Last but not the least is University of Abuja. It was established on January 1, 1988 (under Decree No. 110 of 1992 as amended) as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. Academic work began in the University in 1990 with the matriculation of its pioneer students.

It is located in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Abdul Rasheed Na’Allah

The University took off from a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada, tagged the “mini – campus”. Academic activities started on the mini – campus in 1990. In the same year, the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares along the Abuja city center – Gwagwalada road for the development of its main campus.

Faculties and colleges

College of Health Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Management Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

School of Post Graduate Studies

School of Remedial Studies

It is Nicknamed UniAbuja.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Unilorin 8th place