Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria ([year])

Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria - Current Edition
Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria – Current Edition

The National Universities Commission(NUC) in collaboration with 4ICU, an internationally recognized and respected website that annually ranks universities globally has once released the list of the top 100 universities in Nigeria. Some time ago, the Federal Ministry of Education published lists of fake or discredited universities in Nigeria. The list was published because many students, over the years have been falling victim to those fake universities.

However, following thorough research, we have come up with a list of top universities in Nigeria that have been accredited by the NUC. It is important to note that this list does not only contain government-owned universities, but Federal, State, and Private universities in Nigeria.

Please note that the universities listed here do not in any way have a permanent position, they can either drop in the ranking or go higher as this depends on a whole lot of factors.

Best Universities in Nigeria

4icu alongside the NUC ranking is based on various factors, let’s take a look at some of the major factors for ranking these universities.



Despite size not being a major ranking factor, it can be listed as one of the attributes when discussing top universities in Nigeria. There have been cases where people confuse the school with the biggest Landmass as the biggest University in Nigeria, it is a very wrong notion. Take Lagos state for instance, in terms of Landmass, Lagos is one of the smallest states but is regarded as the biggest and most populous in terms of development.

So in this case we are referring to the developed areas within the school and not just the size of the land the university is built on.


It is not enough to have a lecture hall as even villages have town halls, what distinguishes halls are the specific needs they are built for. University lecture halls must be equipped with adequate desks and tables, public address systems, written materials, and other facilities for carrying out practicals when it does not require going to the Laboratory.

The lecture halls usually ought to come with Air conditioners to cozen up the room temperature, though, in the Nigerian setting, this seems like too much to ask for, it is such a pity.


We based our ranking too on this factor. A major and important raking attribute when listing the top 100 universities in Nigeria. The quality service imparted to the students can make or mar the quality of graduates the school produces yearly and this has a chain effect on the economy as well.

Sometimes, it is not wholly about the qualifications of these lecturers because there is a big difference between knowing and the ability to pass it on to others, though that is not to override the importance of being qualified. Qualification and quality go hand in hand most times, the higher your qualifications, the better qualified you are for the job and that talks a lot about the quality of service you can render.

You can imagine an aging Professor in a lecture hall of about 400 students, truth be told, there will be no effective means of passing his messages across and managing such a crowd.

For a university to maintain its spot on the list of top universities in Nigeria, there should be an average increase in quality young and fresh lecturers at least every four (4) sessions. The number of Masters’s degree holders (a minimum qualification that must be strictly adhered to), Ph.D. holders, and Professors are also factors that were taken into account based on the ranking.


No student wants to spend more than the required number of years required for his or her course. By default, the university with the fastest academic calendar attracts the most candidates during UTME admission applications. So far, the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), ranks as the university with the fastest academic session in Nigeria, how is that possible? they broke out of ASUU and when it comes to disciplined lecturers, you can count on them.

Some of the under-listed schools can be counted on in terms of having a speedy academic calendar, which is the reason they possess the bragging rights of being among the top 100 best universities in Nigeria.


The number of Fist classes is synonymous with the quality of lecturers in the university. To whom much is given, much is expected. Since lecturers spend valuable time with their students, it is normal when the students to learn faster and gain more.

Ranking the best universities in Nigeria based on the number of First class and Second class upper has never been overestimated as this talks a whole lot about the quality of education being impacted on the students and in turn has a positive effect on the image of the university because they take the credit and not the lecturers who did the job.


This is where all Nigerian Universities which include Federal, state, and Private Universities have failed woefully. In other developed worlds, innovations and inventions come from universities.

Aside from lecturing, lecturers take pride in carrying out research of various kinds and have their names listed as a team of researchers that concluded or found the result of an age-long inquiry.

Here are university lecturers who are best at selling hand-outs and forcing students to buy half-baked plagiarized textbooks that practically hold no water, LOL! this is not to say there are none at all, in as much as they are careless about research, a fair share of the blame goes to the Federal and state government too who lack any sense of commitment to this very important area.

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A country cannot grow without a solid R&D Research and Development ministry if there is anything called that because It is the backbone of any nation. Just a few of the universities listed here carry out research in their little ways, you can see them based on the ranking below.

There are other factors for ranking the best universities in Nigeria but for the sake of trying not to over bore you with too many words, let’s go straight to the list of the top 100 universities in Nigeria

Below is the list of the top 100 Universities in Nigeria for the year 2022, go through and see the number your university falls into


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1University of LagosLagos
2University of NigeriaNsukka
3University of IbadanIbadan
4Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-Ife
5University of Port HarcourtPort Harcourt
6University of IlorinIlorin
7Covenant UniversityOta
8Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria
9Federal University of Technology, AkureAkure
10Rivers State UniversityPort Harcourt
11Adekunle Ajasin UniversityAkungba Akoko
12Federal University of Agriculture, AbeokutaAbeokuta
13Landmark UniversityOmu-Aran
14Afe Babalola UniversityAdo-Ekiti
15University of BeninBenin City
16American University of NigeriaYola
17Taraba State UniversityJalingo
18Ladoke Akintola University of TechnologyOgbomoso
19Bayero University KanoKano
20University of JosJos
21University of AbujaAbuja
22Babcock UniversityIlishan-Remo
23Nile University of NigeriaAbuja
24Federal University of Technology, OwerriOwerri
25Pan-Atlantic UniversityLagos
26Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAwka
27Federal University, Oye-EkitiOye-Ekiti
28Veritas UniversityAbuja
29Lagos State UniversityOjo
30Baze UniversityAbuja
31University of UyoUyo
32Federal University of Technology, MinnaMinna
33Usmanu Danfodio UniversitySokoto
34Federal University, LokojaLokoja
35African University of Science and TechnologyAbuja
36Olabisi Onabanjo UniversityAgo Iwoye
37Ebonyi State UniversityAbakaliki
38Ekiti State University, Ado EkitiAdo-Ekiti
39Redeemer’s UniversityEde
40Federal University, OtuokeOtuoke
41Benue State UniversityMakurdi
42Nasarawa State UniversityKeffi
43University of CalabarCalabar
44Tai Solarin University of EducationIjebu-Ode
45University of MaiduguriMaiduguri
46Osun State UniversityOshogbo
47Kwara State UniversityIlorin
48Bowen UniversityIwo
49Abubakar Tafawa Balewa UniversityBauchi
50Umaru Musa Yar’Adua UniversityKatsina
51Skyline University NigeriaKano
52Federal University, Dustin-MaDustin-Ma
53Kaduna State UniversityKaduna
54Abia State UniversityUturu
55Delta State University, AbrakaAbraka
56Enugu State University of Science and TechnologyEnugu
57Mountain Top UniversityMakogi Oba
58Federal University, LafiaLafia
59Michael Okpara University of AgricultureUmuahia
60Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-AlikeIkwo
61Lead City UniversityIbadan
62Cross River University of TechnologyCalabar
63Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUli
64Akwa Ibom State UniversityIkot Akpad
65University of Agriculture, MakurdiMakurdi
66Godfrey Okoye UniversityUgwuomu-Nike
67Federal University, DutseDutse
68Edo UniversityIyamho
69Al-Hikmah UniversityIlorin
70Yusuf Maitama Sule University KanoKano
71Ambrose Alli UniversityEkpoma
72Igbinedion University OkadaOkada
73Federal University of Petroleum ResourcesEffurun
74Crawford UniversityFaith City
75University of Medical SciencesOndo City
76Imo State UniversityOwerri
77Niger Delta UniversityWilberforce Island
78Bells University of TechnologyOta
79Benson Idahosa UniversityBenin City
80Kogi State UniversityAnyigba
81Adeleke UniversityEde
82Ajayi Crowther UniversityOyo Town
83Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida UniversityLapai
84Elizade UniversityIlara-Mokin
85Southwestern University, NigeriaOkun Owa
86Chrisland UniversityAbeokuta
87Caleb UniversityImota
88Joseph Ayo Babalola UniversityIkeji-Arakeji
89Bingham UniversityAuta Balifi
90Fountain University, OsogboOshogbo
91Kola Daisi UniversityIbadan
92Achievers University, OwoOwo
93Yobe State UniversityDamaturu
94Kano University of Science and TechnologyWudil
95Federal University, Birnin KebbiBirnin Kebbi
96Anchor University, LagosLagos
97The Technical UniversityIbadan
98Oduduwa UniversityIle Ife
99Ondo State University of Science and TechnologyOkitipupa
100Bauchi State UniversityGadau
101Modibbo Adama University of TechnologyYola
102Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, AbeokutaAbeokuta
103Kings UniversityOdeomu
104Sule Lamido UniversityKafin Hausa
105Kebbi State University of Science and TechnologyAliero
106Ignatius Ajuru University of EducationPort Harcourt
107Caritas UniversityEnugu
108Crescent University, AbeokutaAbeokuta
109Gombe State UniversityGombe
110Al-Qalam University, KatsinaKatsina
111Federal University, KashereKashere
112Madonna University, NigeriaElele
113Sokoto State UniversitySokoto
114Augustine UniversityIlara
115Federal University, GusauGusau
116Paul UniversityAwka
117Atiba UniversityOyo Town
118Mcpherson UniversitySeriki-Sotayo
119Plateau State UniversityBokkos
120Wesley University of Science and TechnologyOndo City
121Adamawa State UniversityMubi
122Rhema UniversityAba
123Novena UniversityOgume
124Tansian UniversityUmunya
125Obong UniversityObong Ntak
126University of AfricaToru-Orua
127Federal University, WukariWukari
128Michael and Cecilia Ibru UniversityAgbara-Otor
129Gregory University, UturuUturu
130PAMO University of Medical SciencesPort-Harcourt
131Nigerian Maritime University, OkerenkokoOkerenghigho
132University of MkarMkar
133Admiralty University of NigeriaIbusa
134Dominican University, IbadanIbadan
135Wellspring UniversityBenin City
136Christopher UniversityMowe
137Precious Cornerstone UniversityIbadan
138Summit University OffaOffa
139Salem UniversityLokoja
140Glorious Vision UniversityOgwa
141Renaissance UniversityEnugu
142Evangel University, AkaezeEnugu
143Arthur Jarvis UniversityCalabar
144Coal City UniversityEnugu
145Eastern Palm UniversityOgboko
146Spiritan University, NneochiUmunneochi
147Ritman UniversityIkot Ekpene
148Hezekiah UniversityUmudi
149Eko University of Medical and Health SciencesIjanikin
150Western Delta UniversityOghara
151Hallmark University, Ijebu-IteleIjebu-Itele
152Clifford UniversityIhie
153Crown Hill UniversityIlorin
154Legacy University, OkijaOkija
155Borno State UniversityMaiduguri
156Kwararafa University, WukariWukari
157Federal University, GashuaGashua
158Edwin Clark UniversityKiagbodo
159Gombe State University of Science and TechnologyKumo
160Zamfara State UniversityTalata Mafara

As opined earlier, the ranking is not a permanent one, it changes based on the above factors, any university that either fails to maintain or upgrade drops on the list, however, a university can maintain its position should the management keep up to what is expected by the NUC.

What position does your university fall under the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria? Comment your school’s position in the comment section below. Please note that this ranking is not cast in stone as they are subject to change

If you have any questions as regards the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria for 2022, kindly get back to us via the comment section below and we shall respond accordingly.

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