Legitimate Universities in Nigeria Approved By NUC

List of 221 Approved Universities in Nigeria

Last updated on April 26th, 2023 at 11:01 am


There are 221 universities in Nigeria that legitimately have the National Universities Commission (NUC) licence to operate.

Here is how the universities spread among the three major stakeholders (federal, state, and private organisation/individuals):

  1. There are 50 universities owned and managed by the federal government;
  2. 60 universities are owned by the states governments,
  3. while there are 111 private universities in Nigeria at the time of updating this article on Wednesday, April 26, 2023

What does NUC do?

National Universities Commission or NUC is the biggest parastatal or agency under Nigeria’s Ministry of Education.


It is saddled with the responsibility of accessing, inspecting, and giving approval for the establishment of high institutions in Nigeria.

The incumbent NUC Executive Secretary is Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed

Prof. Rasheed was first appointed as NUC boss on August 1, 2016, on a five-year renewable tenure. He was reappointed on August 1, 2021. His term is expected to come to an end by August 1, 2026

The NUC does not only give approval to institutions of learning and walk away, it does time to time assessment of the accredited courses to be sure that it complies with Act guiding the commencement of such course.

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So, it is the NUC that is empowered to issue warming to the aspiring student about the authenticity or otherwise of a high institution in Nigeria.

Before a university could commence admission or listed by JAMB/UTME as being fit to accept students for admission, it must have passed the criteria set by the NUC.

You may want to ask…

What is NUC accreditation?

NUC accreditation is a process of evaluating the academic programmes of a high institution to be sure that they meet the global standards as endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

List of Approved Universities in Nigeria

As earlier stated, there are some Illegal universities that are running illegal branches or study centres in Nigeria, most times, they bear “foreign” names just to make you believe that it’s global-recognized institution.

Shine your eye!

Below is a full list of universities that have the approval of the NUC. They do not only have a certificate of registration from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), they also have a certificate of operation from the National University Commission.

50 Federal Universities in Nigeria

Federal UniversitiesYear of Establishment
Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State2021
Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State2021
Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State2021
Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State2021
Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State2020
Federal University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State2020
Nigerian Army University Biu2018
Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna2018
Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State2018
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola1981
National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos2002
Nigeria Police Academy Wudil2013
Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna1985
University of Port-Harcourt1975
University of Nigeria, Nsukka1960
University of Maiduguri1975
University of Lagos1962
University of Jos1975
University of Ilorin1975
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka1992
University of Benin1970
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta1988
Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa2011
University of Calabar1975
Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State2011
University of Agriculture, Makurdi1988
Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife1962
University of Ibadan1948
University of Abuja, Gwagwalada1988
Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State2011
Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State2011
Usumanu Danfodiyo University1975
Federal University of Technology, Owerri1980
University of Uyo1991
Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State2011
Federal University of Technology, Minna1982
Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State2011
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria1962
Federal University Gashua, Yobe2013
Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina2011
Bayero University, Kano1975
Federal University of Technology, Akure1981
Federal University, Birnin Kebbi2013
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi1988
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State2011
Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State2011
Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun2007
Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike1992
Federal University, Gusau Zamfara2013
David Nweze Umahi Federal University of Medical Sciences, Uburu2022


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The federal universities are most times called public universities because they are managed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

They receive yearly allocations from Abuja. The government is responsible for the welfare of staff members in the above universities.

As such, the Governing Council of Federal-owned universities are constituted by the Nigeria’s President. And also appoints the Chairman of Governing Council. He could hire and fire if any member is found guilty of an allegation.

List of 60 State Universities in Nigeria Accredited By NUC

Similar to the federal is the state universities are created by the state government. Below is a list of state-owned universities in Nigeria.

UniversityYear of Establishment
Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil2000
Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu1982
Kwara State University, Ilorin2009
Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero2006
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso1990
Ekiti State University1982
Kogi State University Anyigba1999
Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa2008
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki2000
Rivers State University1979
Delta State University Abraka1992
Benue State University, Makurdi1992
Cross River State University of Technology, Calabar2004
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye1982
Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba2021
Yobe State University, Damaturu2006
Gombe State University of Science and Technology2017
Bauchi State University, Gadau2011
Bamidele Olumilua University of Science and Technology Ikere, Ekiti State2020
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,Rumuolumeni2010
Zamfara State University2018
Bayelsa Medical University2019
Lagos State University, Ojo1983
Niger Delta University Yenagoa2000
Delta University of Science and Technology, Ozoro2021
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai2005
Imo State University, Owerri1992
Gombe State Univeristy, Gombe2004
Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden2010
Confluence University of Science and Technology Osara, Kogi2020
Nasarawa State University Keffi2002
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma1980
Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa2013
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli2000
Kaduna State University, Kaduna2004
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba1999
University of Delta, Agbor2021
Adamawa State University Mubi2002
Ondo State University of Medical Sciences2015
Osun State University Osogbo2006
Oyo State Technical University Ibadan2012
Sokoto State University2009
Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology Abeokuta2017
Taraba State University, Jalingo2008
Edo State University Uzairue2016
Abia State University, Uturu1981
Bornu State University, Maiduguri2016
Plateau State University Bokkos2005
Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University Ogboko, Imo State2016
Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano2012
Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode2005
University of Africa Toru Orua, Bayelsa State2016
Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina2006
Lagos State University of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos State
Lagos State University of Science and Technology Ikorodu
Shehu Shagari University of Education, Sokoto2022
Enugu State University of Medical and Applied Sciences, Igbo-Eno2022
University of Ilesa, Osun State2022
Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education2023


You may be asking: Why does Nigeria have 60 state universities when there are 36 states?

There are some states that have two universities either to score a political point or just to have a university in their hometown.

Although most of them are unable to adequately fund or manage one university, they still went ahead to establish the second one.

111 Approved Private Universities in Nigeria

Since the establishment of Igbinedion University which is the first private in Nigeria, followed by Madonna University, in the same year, the country has witnessed the commercialisation of the university system.

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The school fees of a private university is more than the federal and state combined, however, they have a smooth academic programme. Unlike the federal and state universities where unpaid salaries and workers’ welfare is an issue, owners of private universities are rigid about unionism.

Private UniversityYear of Establishment
Igbinedion University Okada1999
Madonna University, Okija1999
Covenant University Ota2002
Al-Qalam University, Katsina2005
Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo2005
Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun2015
Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin2005
Crawford University Igbesa2005
American University of Nigeria, Yola2003
Benson Idahosa University, Benin City2002
African University of Science & Technology, Abuja2007
Bingham University, New Karu2005
Augustine University2015
Kings University, Ode Omu2015
Bowen University, Iwo2001
Babcock University,Ilishan-Remo1999
Baze University2011
Lead City University, Ibadan2005
Caritas University, Enugu2005
Landmark University, Omu-Aran.2011
Caleb University, Lagos2007
Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State2009
Kwararafa University, Wukari2005
Chrisland University2015
Achievers University, Owo2007
Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji2006
Hezekiah University, Umudi2015
Bells University of Technology, Otta2005
Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University2015
Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo2012
Adeleke University, Ede2011
Gregory University, Uturu2012
Mountain Top University2015
Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State2009
Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo2007
Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja2009
Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin2012
Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo2015
Renaissance University, Enugu2005
Evangel University, Akaeze2012
Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom2015
Salem University, Lokoja2007
Coal City University Enugu State2016
Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State2009
Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State2016
Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State2007
Crescent University2005
Paul University, Awka – Anambra State2009
Christopher University Mowe2015
Obong University, Obong Ntak2007
Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State2016
Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State2009
Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos2002
Redeemer’s University, Ede2005
Novena University, Ogume2005
Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo2007
Southwestern University, Oku Owa2012
Veritas University, Abuja2007
Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State2016
University of Mkar, Mkar2005
Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State2009
Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa2011
Legacy University, Okija Anambra State2016
Tansian University, Umunya2007
Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State2016
Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State2016
Summit University2015
Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State2021
NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State2021
Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State2021
Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State2021
Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja2021
Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State2021
Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State2021
Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State2021
Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State2021
Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State2021
University of Offa, Kwara State2021
Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State2021
James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State2021
Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State2021
Capital City University, Kano State2021
Atiba University Oyo2017
Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State2021
Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State2017
Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State2021
Maranatha University, Mgbidi, Imo State2021
Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State2021
Skyline University, Kano2018
Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos2017
Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo2017
Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State2017
Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State2016
PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt2017
Greenfield University, Kaduna2019
Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State2019
Trinity University Ogun State2019
Westland University Iwo, Osun State2019
Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State2021

List of New Universities Approved By FG

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the Federal Government announced granting of licences for the establishment of 12 new private universities.

The government stated that the new universities would be mentored by federal universities close to their locations to provide support including recruitment of principal officers, academic, and administrative staff among others.

The new private universities now bring the total number of private universities in Nigeria to 111

The new private universities are:

  • PEN Resource University, Gombe, Gombe State
  • Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno State
  • Margaret Lawrence University, Calilee, Delta State
  • Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano, Kano State
  • Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta State
  • Baba Ahmed University, Kano, Kano State
  • SAISA University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto
  • Nigerian British University, Asa, Abia State
  • Peter University, Achina-Onneh, Anambra State
  • Newgate University, Minna, Niger State
  • European University of Nigerian, Duboyi, Abuja
  • Northwest University, Sokoto, Sokoto State

How many universities does Nigeria have?

There are 222 universities in Nigeria as of Wednesday, April 26, 2023, following the approval by the National University Commission (NUC) of 12 additional private universities in the country.


Federal Universities50
State Universities60
Private Universities111

There are 214 approved universities in Nigeria: federal 49; state: 54, while 111 universities belong to private individuals or organisations or religious centres.

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