NUC Updated List of the Top Private Universities in Nigeria

Private universities have grown to bridge the gap of quality education that public schools cannot provide. This is because of the strict management, the availability of funds, and their affiliation with international bodies.

This is not to say that public schools are fading away but private universities have proven to be better academically and otherwise.

There are 99 private universities in Nigeria according to NUC. These universities have been approved to operate under the NUC guidelines for private University operations. That is to say that you can apply for any of these private universities without any fear.

The 99 private universities in Nigeria include:

  1. Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun state
  2. Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State
  3. 1gbinedion University, Okada, Benin city
  4. Bowen University Iwo
  5. Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state
  6. Pan-Atlantic University. Lagos
  7. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  8. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  9. Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State
  10. Ajayi Crowther University. Oyo
  11. Al-Hikmah University,Ilorin
  12. Caritas University, Amarji Nke, Enugu
  13. Bingham University, Auta- Balefi, Karu, Nasarawa State
  14. Al-Qualam University, kastina
  15. Renaissance University Ede, Osun State
  16. Bells University of Tech, Ota, Ogun State
  17. Lead City University, Ibadan
  18. Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State
  19. Kwararafu University, Wukari
  20. Crescent University,Abeokuta
  21. Novena University, Ogune. 2005 Delta State
  22. University of Mkar, Mkar Benue state
  23. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeja-Arakeji Osun State
  24. Caleb university lagos
  25. Fountain University Osogbo
  26. Obong university, obong Ntak
  27. Salem university, Lokoja
  28. Tansian University, umunya, Anambra State
  29. Veritas University Abuja
  30. Wesley University of Science and Technology Lokoja
  31. Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State
  32. The Achievers University Owo
  33. African University of Science and Technology Abuja
  34. Afe Babalola University, Ado ekiti, Ekiti state
  35. Godfrey Okoye University. Upwuomu-Nike, Enugu State
  36. Nile University of Nigeria.
  37. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu. Osun State
  38. Paul University, Awka, Anambra State
  39. Rhema University, Aba
  40. Wellspring University, 40 Esbuobanesa, Edo State
  41. Adeleke University, Eide, Osun State
  42. Baze University Abuja
  43. Landmark University, Oma Aran, Kwara State
  44. Samuel Adegboyega University Ogwa, Edo State
  45. Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State
  46. Evangel University, Akacze, Ebonyi State
  47. Gregory University, Uturu. Abia State
  48. McPherson University, Seriki
  49. Southwestern University,Okun Owa, Ogun State
  50. Augustine, University, Ilara, Lagos State
  51. Chrisland University Owode, Ogun State
  52. Christopher University Mowe, Ogun State
  53. Hallmark University, Ijebu, Itele, Ogun State
  54. Kings University, Ode Omu, Osun State
  55. Michael and Cecilia Ibe University Owhrode, Delta State
  56. Mountain Top University, Ogun State
  57. Ritman University Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state
  58. Summit University Offa, Kwara State
  59. Edwin Clark University Kiagbodo, Delta State
  60. Hezekiah university umudi, imo state
  61. Anchor university Ayobo, Lagos State
  62. Arthur Javis university, Cross river state
  63. Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
  64. Coal city University, Enugu, Enugu state
  65. Crown Hill University Eiyenkorim, Kwara State
  66. Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo state
  67. Koladaisi University Ibadan, Oyo state
  68. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  69. Admiralty University, Ibuza Delta State
  70. Spiritan University Nneochi, Abia State
  71. Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo state
  72. PAMO University of Medical Sciences Porthacourt Rivers state
  73. Atiba University, Oyo, Oyo state
  74. Eko University of Medical Science, Ijanikin, Lagos State
  75. Skyling University, Nigeria Kino State
  76. Greenfield University, Kasaram Kaduna State
  77. Dominion University, Ibadan Oyo State
  78. Trinity University, Laloko Ogun State
  79. Westland University, Iwo Osun state
  80. Top faith University Mpkatak, Akwa Ibom Uyo
  81. Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State
  82. Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo state
  83. Ave – Maria University Payunku, Nasarawa state
  84. Al-Isoqama University, Kano State
  85. Mudume University, Irrua, Edo state
  86. Havilla University, Cross River state
  87. Claretian University, Nekede, Imo state
  88. Karl Kuman University, Vom, Plateau State
  89. Nok University, Kachia, Kaduna state
  90. James Hope University, Lekki Lagos State
  91. Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, Kano State
  92. Capital City University, Kano, Kano State
  93. Ahman Pategi University, Patigi, Kwara State
  94. University of Offa, Offa Kwara State
  95. Mewar International University Nigeria, Masaka, Nasarawa State
  96. Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State
  97. Philomath University, Kuje Abuja
  98. Khadija University, Majia Jigawa State
  99. Anam University, Kwali Plateau StateĀ 

However, there is always the best in anything. NUC has ranked these universities according to their criteria as the best 10 private universities in Nigeria.

The Top 10 private Universities in Nigeria according to NUC

  1. Covenant University: Covenant university is a Christian private university owned by the Living faith church. It is located in Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State. The Private university was established by the World Mission Agency on 21 October 2002.
  1. Babcock university: This is owned by the 7th-day Adventist church. It is located in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. The university was named after an American missionary David C. Babcock. Babcock University leads the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria.
  1. Joseph Ayo babalola university: It is located between Ipo Arakeji and Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun State, Nigeria. Joseph Ayo Babalola University was established by the Christ Apostolic Church in 2004 and was named after Christ Apostolic Church’s spiritual leader. The university is the first entrepreneurial university in Nigeria.
  1. Bowen university: It is owned by the Nigerian Baptists convention. The university is located at Iwo in Osun State, Nigeria. It is the first Baptist’s university in Africa
  1. Redeemer’s university: Owned by the Redeemed Christian church of God. Located in Ede, Osun State. It is managed by the General Overseas of the Redeemed Christian church of God, Rev. E.O. Adebayo.
  1. Igbinedion university: This is the first private university in Nigeria. It was established in 1999. It is located at Okada, Ovia North-East Local Government Area, Edo State. The university was founded by and named after a Benin chief, Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion.
  1. American University of Nigeria: The American University of Nigeria was founded in 2004 by Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian Vice President. The university is located in Yola, Nigeria.
  1. Afe Babalola University: Afe Babalola University was founded by a lawyer, Afe Babalola, in 2009. The private university was named after the founder.

It is located at Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The University has a teaching hospital for medical students.

  1. Landmark university: Landmark university is affiliated with the living faith church. It is under the World Mission Agency (WMA), a Christian mission organization founded by the General overseer of the Living Faith Church, Dr. David Oyedepo. The private University is located at Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
  1. Bells University of Technology: Bells University was formerly known as Bellstech. It is the first private university of technology established in Nigeria. It is located in Ogun state


According to NUC, these private universities were ranked based on the total number of full-time students, the number of international students, student and staff ratio, efficiency, google scholar index, and contribution to the knowledge economy.

It is important to note that these rankings keep changing as the competition is high and these private universities are constantly working hard to move up the list.

With that in mind, we advise you to keep coming back to to get the latest updates.

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