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Hey SAVANT! welcome to another episode of my “Admission Guide Series“, in today’s blog post, I will be taking you through the complete list of Private universities in Nigeria, here I will also attempt to answer some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) relating to this topic… STAY TUNED!✌️
Have you tried applying to any of the Federal or State Universities in Nigeria, and the Competition and Admission System was just too stressful and you are trying to look for better alternative? then you should consider applying to a private university.
These Universities offers most, if not all the courses you can find in either Federal or State Universities, and guess what, you will be offered same degree, Certificate or License that you would have been given if you had studied in state or Federal University…
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…provided the Private University in question is accredited by the National University Commission (NUC), hence, the importance of today’s guide.
It is common knowledge that studying in a private University is expensive, when you put into consideration the amount of money you will have to spend for School fees, Feeding, Accommodation e.t.c, you may begin to start having second thoughts.
Here, I will provide you with the 2023 NUC updated list of Private Universities in Nigeria that you can apply to through JAMB and also show you the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to study in a Private University.
Without much Jittering, let’s get started on this topic right away… ENJOY!
What Are Private Universities?
Private Universities are tertiary institutions that are funded and managed by the private sector, these schools are not owned by the state nor operated by any GOVT Parastatal.
We have three (3) levels of Governments in Nigeria (Federal, State and Local), and these universities fall under the coffers of none, and as such, both Federal and State Government do not have much influence or say about what may or may not happen in such schools.
So, the appointments of the VC and other internal school affairs is done strictly by the the Private Management (Owner).
There are at least two private Universities located in every state in Nigeria, currently there are One hundred and eleven (111) Private Universities in Nigeria, this number is more than the number of Federal and State Universities in Nigeria combined.
Now that you can differentiate between Federal, State and Private Universities, let me now show you NUC approved list of Private Universities in Nigeria.
List Of Private Universities In Nigeria
Below is the complete list of Private Universities in Nigeria and the year they were established…
|1||Achievers University, Owo|
|2||Adeleke University, Ede|
|3||Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State|
|4||African University of Science & Technology, Abuja|
|5||Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan|
|6||Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin|
|7||Al-Qalam University, Katsina|
|8||American University of Nigeria, Yola|
|10||Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo|
|12||Bells University of Technology, Otta|
|13||Benson Idahosa University, Benin City|
|14||Bingham University, New Karu|
|15||Bowen University, Iwo|
|16||Caleb University, Lagos|
|19||Covenant University Ota|
|20||Crawford University Igbesa|
|22||Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo|
|23||Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin|
|24||Evangel University, Akaeze|
|25||Fountain Univeristy, Oshogbo|
|26||Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State|
|27||Gregory University, Uturu|
|28||Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun|
|29||Hezekiah University, Umudi|
|30||Igbinedion University Okada|
|31||Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji|
|32||Kings University, Ode Omu|
|33||Kwararafa University, Wukari|
|34||Landmark University, Omu-Aran.|
|35||Lead City University, Ibadan|
|36||Madonna University, Okija|
|37||Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo|
|38||Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University|
|39||Mountain Top University|
|40||Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja|
|41||Novena University, Ogume|
|42||Obong University, Obong Ntak|
|43||Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State|
|44||Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos|
|45||Paul University, Awka – Anambra State|
|46||Redeemer’s University, Ede|
|47||Renaissance University, Enugu|
|48||Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State|
|49||Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom|
|50||Salem University, Lokoja|
|51||Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa.|
|52||Southwestern University, Oku Owa|
|53||Summit University, Offa|
|54||Tansian University, Umunya|
|55||University of Mkar, Mkar|
|56||Veritas University, Abuja|
|57||Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State|
|58||Wesley University Ondo|
|59||Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State|
|60||Christopher University Mowe|
|61||Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State|
|62||Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State|
|63||Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State|
|64||Legacy University, Okija Anambra State|
|65||Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State|
|66||Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State|
|67||Coal City University Enugu State|
|68||Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State|
|69||Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ibusa Delta State|
|70||Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State|
|71||Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo|
|72||PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt|
|73||Atiba University Oyo|
|74||Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos|
|75||Skyline University, Kano|
|76||Greenfield University, Kaduna|
|77||Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State|
|78||Trinity University Ogun State|
|79||Westland University Iwo, Osun State|
|80||Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State|
|81||Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State|
|82||Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State|
|83||Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State|
|84||Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State|
|85||Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State|
|86||Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State|
|87||Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State|
|88||NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State|
|89||Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State|
|90||James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State|
|91||Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State|
|92||Capital City University, Kano State|
|93||Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State|
|94||University of Offa, Kwara State|
|95||Mewar International University, Masaka, Nasarawa State|
|96||Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State|
|97||Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja|
|98||Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State|
|99||Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State|
|100||PEN Resource University, Gombe|
|101||Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno|
|102||Margaret Lawrence University, Umunede, Delta State|
|103||Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano|
|104||Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta State|
|105||Baba Ahmed University, Kano State|
|106||Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto State|
|107||Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia State|
|108||Peter University, Achina-Onneh Anambra State|
|119||Newgate University, MInna, Niger State.|
|110||European University of Nigeria, Duboyi, FCT|
|111||NorthWest University Sokoto State|
Private University Admission Requirement
|1.||Candidate must have a JAMB score of 120 and above.|
|2.||You must have select them in JAMB (first or Second choice), these schools do not mind if you select them as first choice or not. If for any reason you did not first apply to them through JAMB , you can always apply for change of Institution and pick them as either first or second choice.|
|3.||Candidates must possess WASSC/SSCE/NECO/NABTEB Ordinary Level with credit passes in at least 5 relevant subjects in not more than two sittings (JAMB and WAEC Subject Combination for all courses)|
Comparison Between Private, State And Federal Universities
Students pay much more in private universities than in Federal or State Universities, this is no shock because, these schools do not receive any form of financial support elsewhere and Staff of the school (Academic and Non Academic Staff) will be paid from the money generated by the school.
So, where a student in the University of Benin (UNIBEN) pays N45,000 per session (first and Second Semester) another student elsewhere studying in a Private University could be paying times ten (10) that amount.
Private Universities are less competitive than Federal and state Universities in Nigeria, which is completely understandable, because of the high amount of tuition fee students are asked to pay.
For this reason, admission to Private schools is as easy as sitting for JAMB, provided you meet with the requirement highlighted earlier in this post (although some schools may twerk theirs a bit).
3. Courses Offered
Since Federal and State universities are funded by the government, they have the finances to sponsor a lot of courses, unlike Private Universities, and as such there may be a course you want to study but because the private University you applied to do not offer it, you may have to change it.
4. Ease Of Study
This is one area where Private Universities beats both Federal and State University hands down.
When studying in a private University there is no fear of Industrial Action (Strike), so you get to study a course for the expected period (4, 5 or 6 years).
With these few comparison, you should be able to make up your mind on the University you want to apply to.
Next, I will answer some frequently asked questions on this topic…
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Private Universities Are In Nigeria?
There are One Hundred and Eleven (111) Private Universities spread across the 36 states in Nigeria.
What Is The Oldest Private University In Nigeria?
The Oldest Private University in Nigeria is Igbinedion University, it was established in 1999.
There are One Hundred and Eleven (111) Universities in Nigeria all spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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