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List Of Private Universities In Nigeria [UPDATED]

Private Universities in Nigeria
Private Universities in Nigeria

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Hey SAVANT! welcome to another episode of “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!✌️

NUC Approved Federal Universities in Nigeria
NUC Approved Private Universities in Nigeria

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 2024 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!

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What Are Private Universities?

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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.

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List Of Private Universities In Nigeria

Private Universities in Nigeria
Private Universities in Nigeria

Below is the complete list of Private Universities in Nigeria and the year they were established…

1Achievers University, Owo
2Adeleke University, Ede
3Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
4African University of Science & Technology, Abuja
5Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan
6Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
7Al-Qalam University, Katsina
8American University of Nigeria, Yola
9Augustine University
10Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
11Baze University
12Bells University of Technology, Otta
13Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
14Bingham University, New Karu
15Bowen University, Iwo
16Caleb University, Lagos
18Chrisland University
19Covenant University Ota
20Crawford University Igbesa
21Crescent University
22Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo
23Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
24Evangel University, Akaeze
25Fountain Univeristy, Oshogbo
26Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
27Gregory University, Uturu
28Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun
29Hezekiah University, Umudi
30Igbinedion University Okada
31Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
32Kings University, Ode Omu
33Kwararafa University, Wukari
34Landmark University, Omu-Aran.
35Lead City University, Ibadan
36Madonna University, Okija
37Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
38Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University
39Mountain Top University
40Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
41Novena University, Ogume
42Obong University, Obong Ntak
43Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
44Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
45Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
46Redeemer’s University, Ede
47Renaissance University, Enugu
48Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State
49Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom
50Salem University, Lokoja
51Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa.
52Southwestern University, Oku Owa
53Summit University, Offa
54Tansian University, Umunya
55University of Mkar, Mkar
56Veritas University, Abuja
57Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State
58Wesley University Ondo
59Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State
60Christopher University Mowe
61Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State
62Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State
63Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State
64Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
65Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State
66Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State
67Coal City University Enugu State
68Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
69Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ibusa Delta State
70Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State
71Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo
72PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt
73Atiba University Oyo
74Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos
75Skyline University, Kano
76Greenfield University, Kaduna
77Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State
78Trinity University Ogun State
79Westland University Iwo, Osun State
80Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State
81Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State
82Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State
83Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State
84Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State
85Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State
86Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State
87Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State
88NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State
89Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State
90James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State
91Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State
92Capital City University, Kano State
93Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State
94University of Offa, Kwara State
95Mewar International University, Masaka, Nasarawa State
96Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State
97Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja
98Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State
99Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State
100PEN Resource University, Gombe
101Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno
102Margaret Lawrence University, Umunede, Delta State
103Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano
104Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta State
105Baba Ahmed University, Kano State
106Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto State
107Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia State
108Peter University, Achina-Onneh Anambra State
119Newgate University, MInna, Niger State.
110European University of Nigeria, Duboyi, FCT
111NorthWest University Sokoto State
This table shows the list of Private Universities in Nigeria

Private University Admission Requirement

Requirements Check List
Requirements Check List
  • Candidate must have a JAMB score of 120 and above
  • 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.
  • Candidates must possess Ordinary Level with credit passes in at least 5 relevant subjects in not more than two sittings

Comparison Between Private, State And Federal Universities

1. Cost

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.

2. Competitiveness

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.

In Conclusion

There are One Hundred and Eleven (111) Universities in Nigeria all spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This is the lot I can take on this write-up, if you have any question, feel free to drop them using the comment box below.

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