Legitimate Universities in Nigeria Approved By NUC

List of 214 Legitimate Universities in Nigeria Approved By NUC

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Many young Nigerians have been swindled of their hard-earned money by some unaccredited high institutions in Nigeria. Most times, the victims are aware of the status of such university in their final year or when they must have spent millions of Naira.

In this post, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of federal, state, and private universities in Nigeria that have the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC).

There are 49 universities owned and managed by the federal government; 54 are owned by the 36 states government, while there are 99 private universities in Nigeria at the time of publication on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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.

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.


49 Federal Universities in Nigeria

Federal Universities Year of Establishment
Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State 2021
Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State 2021
Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State 2021
Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State 2021
Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State 2020
Federal University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State 2020
Nigerian Army University Biu 2018
Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna 2018
Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State 2018
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola 1981
National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos 2002
Nigeria Police Academy Wudil 2013
Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna 1985
University of Port-Harcourt 1975
University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1960
University of Maiduguri 1975
University of Lagos 1962
University of Jos 1975
University of Ilorin 1975
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka 1992
University of Benin 1970
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta 1988
Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa 2011
University of Calabar 1975
Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State 2011
University of Agriculture, Makurdi 1988
Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife 1962
University of Ibadan 1948
University of Abuja, Gwagwalada 1988
Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State 2011
Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State 2011
Usumanu Danfodiyo University 1975
Federal University of Technology, Owerri 1980
University of Uyo 1991
Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State 2011
Federal University of Technology, Minna 1982
Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State 2011
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1962
Federal University Gashua, Yobe 2013
Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina 2011
Bayero University, Kano 1975
Federal University of Technology, Akure 1981
Federal University, Birnin Kebbi 2013
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi 1988
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State 2011
Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State 2011
Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun 2007
Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike 1992
Federal University, Gusau Zamfara 2013
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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 Chairman of Governing Council. He could hire and fire if any member is found guilty of an allegation.

List of 54 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.

University Year of Establishment
Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil 2000
Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu 1982
Kwara State University, Ilorin 2009
Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero 2006
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso 1990
Ekiti State University 1982
Kogi State University Anyigba 1999
Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa 2008
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki 2000
Rivers State University 1979
Delta State University Abraka 1992
Benue State University, Makurdi 1992
David Nweze Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State 2021
Cross River State University of Technology, Calabar 2004
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye 1982
Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba 2021
Yobe State University, Damaturu 2006
Gombe State University of Science and Technology 2017
Bauchi State University, Gadau 2011
Bamidele Olumilua University of Science and Technology Ikere, Ekiti State 2020
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,Rumuolumeni 2010
Zamfara State University 2018
Bayelsa Medical University 2019
Lagos State University, Ojo 1983
Niger Delta University Yenagoa 2000
Delta University of Science and Technology, Ozoro 2021
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai 2005
Imo State University, Owerri 1992
Gombe State Univeristy, Gombe 2004
Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden 2010
Confluence University of Science and Technology Osara, Kogi 2020
Nasarawa State University Keffi 2002
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma 1980
Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa 2013
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli 2000
Kaduna State University, Kaduna 2004
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba 1999
University of Delta, Agbor 2021
Adamawa State University Mubi 2002
Ondo State University of Medical Sciences 2015
Osun State University Osogbo 2006
Oyo State Technical University Ibadan 2012
Sokoto State University 2009
Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology Abeokuta 2017
Taraba State University, Jalingo 2008
Edo State University Uzairue 2016
Abia State University, Uturu 1981
Bornu State University, Maiduguri 2016
Plateau State University Bokkos 2005
Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University Ogboko, Imo State 2016
Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano 2012
Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode 2005
University of Africa Toru Orua, Bayelsa State 2016
Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina 2006


You may be asking: Why do Nigeria have 54 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.

99 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 University Year of Establishment
Igbinedion University Okada 1999
Madonna University, Okija 1999
Covenant University Ota 2002
Al-Qalam University, Katsina 2005
Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo 2005
Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun 2015
Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin 2005
Crawford University Igbesa 2005
American University of Nigeria, Yola 2003
Benson Idahosa University, Benin City 2002
African University of Science & Technology, Abuja 2007
Bingham University, New Karu 2005
Augustine University 2015
Kings University, Ode Omu 2015
Bowen University, Iwo 2001
Babcock University,Ilishan-Remo 1999
Baze University 2011
Lead City University, Ibadan 2005
Caritas University, Enugu 2005
Landmark University, Omu-Aran. 2011
Caleb University, Lagos 2007
Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State 2009
Kwararafa University, Wukari 2005
Chrisland University 2015
Achievers University, Owo 2007
Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji 2006
Hezekiah University, Umudi 2015
Bells University of Technology, Otta 2005
Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University 2015
Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo 2012
Adeleke University, Ede 2011
Gregory University, Uturu 2012
Mountain Top University 2015
Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State 2009
Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo 2007
Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja 2009
Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin 2012
Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo 2015
Renaissance University, Enugu 2005
Evangel University, Akaeze 2012
Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom 2015
Salem University, Lokoja 2007
Coal City University Enugu State 2016
Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State 2009
Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State 2016
Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State 2007
Crescent University 2005
Paul University, Awka – Anambra State 2009
Christopher University Mowe 2015
Obong University, Obong Ntak 2007
Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State 2016
Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State 2009
Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos 2002
Redeemer’s University, Ede 2005
Novena University, Ogume 2005
Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo 2007
Southwestern University, Oku Owa 2012
Veritas University, Abuja 2007
Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State 2016
University of Mkar, Mkar 2005
Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State 2009
Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa 2011
Legacy University, Okija Anambra State 2016
Tansian University, Umunya 2007
Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State 2016
Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State 2016
Summit University 2015
Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State 2021
NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State 2021
Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State 2021
Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State 2021
Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja 2021
Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State 2021
Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State 2021
Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State 2021
Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State 2021
Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State 2021
University of Offa, Kwara State 2021
Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State 2021
James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State 2021
Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State 2021
Capital City University, Kano State 2021
Atiba University Oyo 2017
Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State 2021
Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State 2017
Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State 2021
Maranatha University, Mgbidi, Imo State 2021
Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State 2021
Skyline University, Kano 2018
Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos 2017
Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo 2017
Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State 2017
Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State 2016
PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt 2017
Greenfield University, Kaduna 2019
Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State 2019
Trinity University Ogun State 2019
Westland University Iwo, Osun State 2019
Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State 2021
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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 214 universities in Nigeria as of Wednesday, April 6, 2022, following the approval by the National University Commission (NUC) of 12 additional private universities in the country.


Universities Number
Federal Universities 49
State Universities 54
Private Universities 111

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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