January 6, 2014

Directory of Federal Universities in Nigeria

Federal Universities in Nigeria, Official Website, and Year Founded

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Bachelors, PGD, Masters,
Providers: Federal Government of Nigeria
Country Located: Across Nigeria

In addition to several Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, State-owned and Private-owned universities, Nigeria also has a number of universities owned and funded by its Federal Government.

Nigeria organised into 36 states and a federal capital territory (FCT) in Abuja, expanded its tertiary education to reach all of its subregions, following the oil boom years of the 1970s.

In those days of boom, the federal government and the state governments were the only bodies licensed to operate universities in Nigeria. Recently, however, several privately-owned schools have been licensed to operate in the country.

Directory Listing of approved Federal Universities in Nigeria:

  1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
    Website: http://www.atbu.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1988

  2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
    Website: http://www.abu.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1962

  3. Bayero University, Kano
    Website: www.cms.buk.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975

  4. Federal University, Gashua
    Year Founded: 2013

  5. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
    Website: http://www.fupre.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2007

  6. Federal University of Technology, Akure
    Website: http://www.futa.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1981

  7. Federal University of Technology, Minna.
    Website: http://www.futminna.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1982

  8. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
    Website: http://www.futongr.com
    Year Founded: 1980

  9. Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State
    Website: http://www.fud.edu.ng/
    Year Founded: 2011

  10. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina
    Website: www.fudutsinma.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2011

  11. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State
    Year Founded: 2011

  12. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State
    Year Founded: 2011

  13. Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State
    Website: www.fulokoja.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2011

  14. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State
    Website: http://www.funai.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2011

  15. Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa
    Website: http://www.fuotuoke.edu.ng/
    Year Founded: 2011

  16. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
    Website: http://www.fuoye.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2011

  17. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State
    Website: http://www.fuwukari.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2011

  18. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi
    Year Founded: 2013

  19. Federal University, Gusau
    Year Founded: 2013

  20. Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
    Website: www.moua.edu.ng; www.moua.org
    Year Founded: 1992

  21. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (formerly, Federal University of Technology, Yola)
    Website: http://www.futy.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1988

  22. National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos.
    Website: http://www.nou.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 2002

  23. Nigerian Defence Academy,Kaduna
    Website: www.nigeriandefenceacademy.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1985

  24. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
    Website: http://www.unizik.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1992

  25. Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife
    Website: http://www.oauife.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1962

  26. Police Academy, Wudil
    Year Founded: 2012

  27. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
    Website: http://www.uniabuja.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1988

  28. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
    Website: http://www.unaab.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1988

  29. University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
    Website: http://www.uam.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1988

  30. University of Benin
    Website: http://www.uniben.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1970

  31. University of Calabar
    Website: http://www.unical.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975

  32. University of Ibadan
    Website: http://www.ui.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1948

  33. University of Ilorin
    Website: http://www.unilorin.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975

  34. University of Jos
    Website: http://www.unijos.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975

  35. University of Lagos
    Website: http://www.unilag.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1962

  36. University of Maiduguri
    Website: http://www.unimaid.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975

  37. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
    Website: http://www.unn.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1960

  38. University of Port-Harcourt
    Website: http://www.uniport.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975

  39. University of Uyo
    Website: http://www.uniuyo.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1991

  40. Usuman Danfodiyo University
    Website: http://www.udusok.edu.ng
    Year Founded: 1975
DISCLAIMER: The above list was correct as at the time of publishing (January, 2014). Study & Scholarships is NOT responsible for any incompleteness as new schools may be created from time to time.
NOTICE: If your school is NOT listed, post details stating university name (including state located in), web address, and any other relevant information you may wish to share (e.g number of courses offered) by using the "Post a comment" link below.

SOURCE: NUC: List of Nigerian Universities - 2013; UTME Brochure 2013-2014. At all times, see NUC website for most current list.

In recognition of the need to encourage private participation in the provision of university education, the Federal Government established a law in 1993, allowing private sectors to establish universities following guidelines prescribed by the Government. Recently, therefore, licenses have been granted to individuals, corporate bodies and religious bodies to establish private universities in Nigeria.

The National Universities Commission (NUC), the accreditation body of every university in Nigeria, enforces uniform standards and sets admissions capacity for each university. As at October 2012, there were 37 and Federal and State owned Universities respectively, and 50 Private Universities. In 2013, 3 more Federal schools were added making it up to 40 federal universities.

Degrees awarded:
Nigerian universities generally award the undergraduate Bachelors, postgraduate Masters degrees and the doctoral and postdoc in several disciplines; with many also awarding Pre-Degree and Degree Foundation Diplomas, various Certificate courses and postgraduate Diplomas (PGD). The official lingua fraca in Nigeria, which is also the language of instruction at all levels of education from kindergarten to phD level, is the English Language.

Academic calender:
It is pertinent to note that the academic year of the various universities, although incessantly disrupted by non-ending strings of strike actions by ASUU, run from October to September annually; and undergraduate candidates are expected to select two Universities, two Polytechnics, and two Colleges of Education while registering for the Jamb UTME, which is a unified undergraduate matriculation examination for admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions. Entry requirements for most undergraduate courses include a minimum of Five O’ Level Credit passes to include English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings in SSCE, GCE or NECO Examinations.

Jamb Direct Entry is an opportunity provided for candidates with advanced level qualifications to gain undergraduate admission into tertiary institutions. Jamb DE candidates register for and apply directly to their institution of choice. Jamb does not conduct any direct entry exams, candidates access the universities based on their A Level and O Level performance. Universities, however, may decide to conduct a Jamb direct entry screening test.

For postgraduate study, it is advisable to contact the admissions department of your institution of interest for detailed information and possible financial aid details, if available for your course of study.


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  2. kindly include federal university oye ekiti to the directory list of approved federal universities in Nigeria. Our website: http://www.fuoye.edu.ng

    1. Hello sir, your school was included when this list was initially published. Please see school No 15 above. Let us know if we may be of further help. Thanks

  3. Kindly include Landmark university, omu Aran, Kwara State to the directory. Our website is http://lmu.edu.ng

    1. Landmark university is not a government school. It is listed as a private university here: http://www.studyandscholarships.com/2008/09/private-universities.html

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