Top Universities in Nigeria and The Best University -2019

Best University in Nigeria 2018, University of Ibadan, Kutti hall
Best University in Nigeria 2018, University of Ibadan, Kutti hall, (The University currently ranks as the number one in Nigeria)

Top Universities in Nigeria

Nigeria currently has 152 universities registered and approved by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), though there are so many Universities claiming to be approved and registered in Nigeria especially the private ones, that is the reason the NUC has come out clearly to list all approved Universities in Nigeria, the List shows there are currently 40 Federal Universities, 44 State universities and 68 Private Universities in Nigeria.

The main issue here is that everybody wants to attend the best university or at least one of the best Universities, hence, the reason for ranking universities base on merit (how they perform and what they offer).

Please note that does not rank Universities, rather, we rely on the Lists released by the NUC (The Nigeria University Commission); Times Higher Education World University Ranking (they are the world’s number one body for ranking Universities), QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and The Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities; we also have the List from “Webometrics Ranking of World Universities” (Webometrics is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain).

So we have the list of 100 top Universities in Nigeria, best Universities in Nigeria and the best University in Nigeria.

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Forget about 2017, the 2018 Ranking is out, see it below:

The Best University in Nigeria 2018 Rank

The Award for the Best University in Nigeria goes to the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN (UI), Ibadan, South-West Nigeria.

Why:  All University Ranking Institutions both local (Nigerian) and International have unanimously ranked the University of Ibadan (UI) as the number 1 University in Nigeria, a look at the list from all of the bodies below will let you see this.


The Second Best University in Nigeria 2018 Rank

The second best university in Nigeria is between University of Lagos, Covenant University Ota and University of Nigeria, the reason is most international bodies rank Covenant University as the second best, Some are ranking University of Nigeria as the second best while the NUC ranks University of Lagos as second best, check out the Lists below.


Top Universities in Nigeria 2018 List

(1st International Ranking)

This list is from several leading world bodies namely:  Times Higher Education World University Ranking (they are the world’s number one body for ranking Universities), QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and The Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities

Make sure to click on next to see all the Universities on the list

1University of IbadanIbadan
2University of NigeriaNsukka ...
3University of LagosLagos1
4Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-Ife
5Covenant UniversityOta
6Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria
7Federal University of Technology, MinnaMinna ...
8University of IlorinIlorin
9University of BeninUgbowo ...
10University of AbujaAbuja
11Federal University of Technology, OwerriOwerri
12University of Agriculture, AbeokutaAbeokuta ...
13Afe Babalola UniversityAdo-Ekiti
14Landmark UniversityOmu-Aran
15University of Port HarcourtPort Harcourt
16Samuel Adegboyega UniversityOgwa
17Federal University of Technology, AkureAkure
18University of JosJos
19Bayero University KanoKano
20Babcock UniversityIlishan-Remo ...
21Lagos State UniversityOjo
22Michael Okpara University of AgricultureUmuahia
23Federal University Oye-EkitiOye-Ekiti ...
24American University of NigeriaYola
25Ladoke Akintola University of TechnologyOgbomoso ...
26Kwara State UniversityIlorin
27University of UyoUyo
28Enugu State University of Science and TechnologyEnugu
29Rivers State University of Science and TechnologyPort Harcourt
30Usmanu Danfodio UniversitySokoto
31Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAwka ...
32Abubakar Tafawa Balewa UniversityBauchi
33University of Agriculture, MakurdiMakurdi
34Olabisi Onabanjo UniversityAgo Iwoye ...
35Adekunle Ajasin UniversityAkungba Akoko ...
36Ekiti State University, Ado EkitiAdo-Ekiti
37African University of Science and TechnologyAbuja
38Osun State UniversityOshogbo ...
39Redeemer's UniversityMowe
40Ebonyi State UniversityAbakaliki
41Nasarawa State UniversityKeffi
42Federal University, Ndufu-AlikeIkwo
43University of MaiduguriMaiduguri
44Tai Solarin University of EducationIjebu-Ode ...
45Abia State UniversityUturu
46Al-Hikmah UniversityIlorin ...
47Nile University of NigeriaAbuja
48Veritas UniversityAbuja
49University of CalabarCalabar
50Imo State UniversityOwerri
51Federal University, Dutsin-MaDutsin-Ma
52Umaru Musa Yar'Adua UniversityKatsina
53Bowen UniversityIwo
54Benue State UniversityMakurdi
55Ajayi Crowther UniversityOyo Town
56Federal University, OtuokeOtuoke
57Adeleke UniversityEde
58Delta State University, AbrakaAbraka
59Lead City UniversityIbadan
60Baze UniversityAbuja
61Elizade UniversityIlara-Mokin
62Ambrose Alli UniversityEkpoma
63Modibbo Adama University of TechnologyYola
64Igbinedion University OkadaOkada ...
65Benson Idahosa UniversityBenin City
66Bingham UniversityAuta Balifi
67Federal University of Petroleum ResourcesEffurun
68Cross River University of TechnologyCalabar ...
69Kano University of Science and TechnologyWudil
70Niger Delta UniversityWilberforce Island Yenagoa
71Federal University, DutseDutse
72Madonna UniversityOkija ...
73Bells University of TechnologyOta
74Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUli
75Joseph Ayo Babalola UniversityIkeji-Arakeji
76Kogi State UniversityAnyigba
77Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida UniversityLapai
78Federal University, LafiaLafia
79Federal University, LokojaLokoja
80Ondo State University of Science and TechnologyOkitipupa
81Paul UniversityAwka
82Godfrey Okoye UniversityUgwuomu-Nike
83Crawford UniversityFaith City ...
84Caleb UniversityImota
85Achievers University, OwoOwo
86Akwa Ibom State UniversityUyo
87Oduduwa UniversityIle Ife
88Fountain UniversityOshogbo
89Kaduna State UniversityKaduna
90Federal University, WukariWukari
91Bauchi State UniversityGadau ...
92Caritas UniversityEnugu
93Federal University, KashereKashere
94Salem UniversityLokoja
95Taraba State UniversityJalingo
96Obong UniversityObong Ntak
97Yobe State UniversityDamaturu
98Kebbi State University of Science and TechnologyAliero
99Crescent University, AbeokutaAbeokuta
100Sokoto State UniversitySokoto
101Renaissance UniversityEnugu
102Novena UniversityOgume
103Tansian UniversityUmunya ...
104Gombe State UniversityGombe
105Wesley University of Science and TechnologyOndo City
106Wellspring UniversityBenin City
107Western Delta UniversityOghara
108Rhema UniversityAba
109Al-Qalam University, KatsinaKatsina
110University of MkarMkar


Top Universities in Nigeria 2018 List

(2nd International Ranking)

This List is from “Webometrics Ranking of World Universities” (Webometrics is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain).

Webometrics calls itself, the largest academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions. Since 2004 and every six months an independent, objective, free, open scientific exercise is performed by the Cybermetrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) for the providing reliable, multidimensional, updated and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact.

Ranking in NigeriaWorld RankUniversityPresence Rank*Impact Rank*Openness Rank*Excellence Rank*
11032University of Ibadan220050217671727
22037Covenant University Ota2145227924032602
32221University of Nigeria1986306614162807
42239Obafemi Awolowo University6089382525862285
52538Federal University of Technology Minna5521292730653093
62776University of Lagos4077634925772637
72980Ahmadu Bello University2978842827332523
83192University of Agriculture Abeokuta2325653327633349
93225University of Ilorin4518717621293303
103365Federal University of Technology Akure3356934432532914
113547University of Benin6150809929283483
123599University of Port Harcourt1524877224863577
133658Federal University of Technology Owerri13926437441354168
143696Ladoke Akintola University of Technology35301046226993303
153879Bayero University Kano15408954033153415
164008University of Uyo235651145331973038
174071Lagos State University52681167834553458
184351University of Calabar106731275727613483
194484University of Abuja5490449542465254
204565Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti3965408620465789
214569University of Jos55211025439794168
224614Nnamdi Azikiwe University100551148724934068
234792University of Maiduguri142021223444273718
245471Olabisi Onabanjo University (Ogun State University)100601349346284068
255841American University of Nigeria59671007754934921
266188Landmark University1694795041945789
276662Federal University Oye Ekiti Ekiti State2684868346905789
286953(1) Ebonyi State University214551395445494539
297312Usmanu Danfodiyo University120081302452644921
307346Babcock University20551023645105789
317498Adekunle Ajasin University154841326949724921
327569Niger Delta University184161417351704703
337604African University of Science & Technology Abuja36281372775454703
347765Rivers State University of Science & Technology163301275739855254
357765Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike20509768894914921
368275Redeemer's University97331196332615789
378275Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti (University of Ado Ekiti)163141349342385254
388291Federal University Dutsin Ma74101144444515789
398507Samuel Adegboyega University Ogwa18209501594915789
408547Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi193701395460034921
418565Osun State University72751232637705789
428823Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University235061352141995254
438931Enugu State University of Science & Technology149681084156165789
448931Cross River State University of Science & Technology Calabar200221543873554539
458964Abia State University Uturu208741696355084539
469087Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo FUNAI83181319234385789
479164Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma98611382063515254
489376Kwara State University96431213453005789
499894Auchi Polytechnic17381677794915789
509907(3) Lagos State University College of Medicine237311293730315789
519978Imo State University Owerri216921340367265254
5210296Benue State University261231432351865254
5310357Bowen University94791195071155789
5410636Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University (Katsina State University)89421380054275789
5510806Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (Federal University of Technology)219741611047935254
5610914Delta State University Nigeria210311402040525789
5710979Igbinedion University Okada170761237968535789
5811021Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna180141293761215789
5911184Lagos Business School Pan Atlantic University5395964194915789
6011200Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike191341435545075789
6111237Joseph Ayo Babalola University168021489277015254
6211488Fountain University Osogbo50921577150885789
6311533Yaba College of Technology150341062390095789
6411779Ajayi Crowther University Oyo145711359070245789
6511865Federal University Otuoke Bayelsa175611359368105789
6611999Adeleke University Ede137521342776115789
6712085Pan African University Lagos208211285675345789
6812323Nasarawa State University194181511455645789
6912468Bingham University New Karu230981364069865789
7012523Polytechnic Ibadan215321191886145789
7112532Benson Idahosa University171121472666475789
7212660Federal University Dutse Jigawa State131981564862765789
7312709Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun204691460166415789
7412731Akwa Ibom State University of Technology213131588350025789
7512742National Open University of Nigeria24734964194915789
7612749Edo State Polytechnic Usen136701087894915789
7713104Federal University Lafia Nasarawa State128421653659615789
7813125Elizade University Ilara Mokin62851746756485789
7913252Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai229591607254105789
8013319Federal Polytechnic Ilaro182281564667805789
8113360Federal University Lokoja Kogi State194251591863665789
8213457Ondo State University of Science & Technology Okitipupa205641492274145789
8313523Al Hikmah University Ilorin218711641655845789
8413618Kogi State University183371629764665789
8513758Federal University Wukari Taraba State207931696454875789
8613768Tai Solarin University of Education172431443284265789
8714063Bauchi State University Gadau134291719666845789
8814490Nigerian Turkish Nile University Abuja226271495983435789
8914753Lead City University Ibadan210611271794915789
9014753Godfrey Okoye University175271773366305789
9114804Kaduna Polytechnic190251558184765789
9214956Kano University of Science & Technology Wudil222291751265435789
9314972Baze University Kuchigoro185881715774245789
9415068Lagos State Polytechnic227291637278025789
9515234Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta239861641677845789
9615407Madonna University Nigeria240641311594915789
9715540Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (Anambra State University of Science & Technology Uli)217951810167855789
9815785Paul University Awka Anambra State195941417394915789
9915833Adeyemi College of Education Ondo206411701282505789
10015914Yobe State University (Bukar Abba Ibrahim University Damaturu)190921787978025789


Top Universities in Nigeria 2017 Rank

(Nigerian University Commission, NUC Ranking)

The NUC is Nigerian Government’s regulatory agency for the delivery of quality university education in Nigeria, It also ensure the orderly development of a well coordinated and productive university system that will guarantee quality and relevant education for national development and global competitiveness. This List is for 2017.

Full list below.
1 University of Ibadan Ibadan
2 University of Lagos Lagos
3 Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife
4 Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
5 University of Ilorin Ilorin
6 Covenant University Ota
7 University of Nigeria Nsukka
8 University of Benin Ugbowo
9 University of Abuja Abuja
10 University of Port Harcourt Port Harcourt
11 Federal University of Technology, Minna Minna
12 Federal University of Technology, Owerri Owerri
13 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Abeokuta
14 Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Oye
15 Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto
16 Lagos State University Ojo
17 Federal University of Technology, Akure Akure
18 Babcock University Ilishan-Remo …
19 Bayero University Kano Kano
20 American University of Nigeria Yola
21 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso …
22 Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti
23 University of Jos Jos
24 Landmark University Omu-Aran
25 Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka …
26 University of Uyo Uyo
27 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi
28 Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umuahia
29 Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu
30 Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt
31 Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko
32 Benue State University Makurdi
33 Redeemer’s University Mowe
34 Kwara State University Malete
35 Veritas University Abuja
36 Osun State University Oshogbo …
37 University of Agriculture, Makurdi Makurdi
38 Nasarawa State University Keffi
39 African University of Science and Technology Abuja
40 Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti Ado-Ekiti
41 University of Calabar Calabar
42 Kogi State University Anyigba
43 Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu-Ode …
44 Federal University, Dutsin-Ma Dutsin-Ma
45 Ebonyi State University Abakaliki
46 Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ndufu-Alike
47 University of Maiduguri Maiduguri
48 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University Katsina
49 Nile University of Nigeria Abuja
50 Bowen University Iwo
51 Al-Hikmah University Ilorin …
52 Delta State University, Abraka Abraka
53 Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island Yenagoa
54 Abia State University Uturu
55 Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma
56 Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola
57 Federal University, Otuoke Otuoke
58 Imo State University Owerri
59 Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye
60 Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
61 Kaduna State University Kaduna
62 Federal University, Lokoja Lokoja
63 Akwa Ibom State University Uyo
64 Benson Idahosa University Benin City
65 Paul University Awka
66 Federal University, Dutse Dutse
67 Ajayi Crowther University Oyo Town
68 Lead City University Ibadan
69 Bingham University Auta Balifi
70 Baze University Abuja
71 Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai
72 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Uli
73 Joseph Ayo Babalola University Ikeji-Arakeji
74 Madonna University Okija …
75 Crawford University Faith City …
76 Cross River University of Technology Calabar …
77 Caritas University Enugu
78 Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa
79 Bells University of Technology Ota
80 Igbinedion University Okada Okada
81 Elizade University Ilara-Mokin
82 Achievers University, Owo Owo
83 Caleb University Imota
84 Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil
85 Federal University, Lafia Lafia
86 Sokoto State University Sokoto
87 Fountain University Oshogbo
88 Adeleke University Ede
89 Federal University, Kashere Kashere
90 Federal University, Wukari Wukari
91 University of Mkar Mkar
92 Oduduwa University Ile Ife
93 Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike
94 Taraba State University Jalingo
95 Obong University Obong Ntak
96 Yobe State University Damaturu
97 Renaissance University Enugu
98 Salem University Lokoja
99 Wellspring University Benin City
100 Al-Qalam University, Katsina Katsina
101 Novena University Ogume
102 Western Delta University Oghara
103 Gombe State University Gombe
104 Kwararafa University Wukari Wukari
105 Bauchi State University Gadau …
106 Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero
107 Tansian University Umunya …
108 Crescent University, Abeokuta Abeokuta
109 Rhema University Aba
110 Wesley University of Science and Technology Ondo City
111 Samuel Adegboyega University Ogwa


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