10 Best federal universities in Nigeria and requirements

Today we will looking at 10 Federal University in Nigeria, these universities are among the best in Nigeria and Africa.

Nigeria Federal universities are always be the best universities in Nigeria with good and best learning facilities with affordable tuitions fees, they are the most cheapest and also best universities that you can attend in Nigeria, they are being run by Federal government of Nigeria, which is the reason behind the cheap school fees

Now out of these Federal universities there are some that best I mean they top the list among the best universities in Nigeria, in this article I will reveal it to you their origin, tuition fees, and admission requirements, just make sure you don’t skip any of the word in these content.

10 Best Federal Universities In Nigeria

  1. University Of Ibadan (UI) Ibadan oyo state
  2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  3. University of Lagos (UNILAG) Lagos State
  4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife, Osun State
  5. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Kano state
  6. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Ilorin, Kwara State
  7. Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) Akure, Ekiti State
  8. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Port Harcourt
  9. Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA)
  10. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

1. University Of Ibadan (UI) :

University of Ibadan is one of the most prestigious university in Nigeria and it the best among the best which was Established in 1948, the University of Ibadan, UI as it is fondly referred to, is the first University in Nigeria. Until 1962 when it became a full-fledged independent University, it was a College of the University of London in a special relationship scheme. The University, which took off with academic programmes in Arts, Science and Medicine, is now a comprehensive citadel of learning with academic programmes in sixteen Faculties namely, Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Agriculture, the Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, Dentistry, Economics, Renewable Natural Resources and Environmental Design and Management. 

According to the Wikipedia the University of Ibadan has 15 halls of residence which provide accommodation for about 30% of the population of students in the regular studies mode, some of the popular halls in the university includes Lord Tedder Hall, Kenneth Mellanby Hall, Sultan Bello Hall, Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall, Independence Hall, Tafawa Balewa Hall, Kuti Hall, Queen Idia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Obafemi Awolowo Hall which is the largest female hall in West Africa. The University has a total staff strength of 5,339 with 1,212 housing units for both senior and junior staff. The university has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens.

List of Faculties in the University of Ibadan:

The University of Ibadan is made up 92 academic departments organized into 17 faculties namely:

  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Technology
  • The social science
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Renewable natural resources
  • Environmental design and management
  • Economics

Tuition fees

This is the minimum and maximum tuition fees for the University of Ibadan the tuition Is varies from faculties to faculties and from level to another level:

MINMINIMUM: #20,000 (Twenty Thousand)

MAXIMUM: #50,000 (Fifty Thousand)

UTME Cut Off Mark

The maximum JAMB cutoff acceptable in UI for the screening for admissions is 200 and above.


If you want to study at University of Ibadan you must take note of these following requirements:

  1. You must 16 years old and above before you can gain admission in UI, that is if you are under 16 years old before October every year you will not be considered for screening
  2. You must sit for UTME and score minimum of 200 before you can be considered for admissions
  3. You must have at least five (5) credit in relevant subjects including Mathematics and English.
  4. Direct Entry must apply through JAMB
  5. UI use POSTUTME and JAMB for admission screening.

2. University Of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) :

The second best university in Nigeria is University of Nigeria Nsukka that is know as UNN which based In eastern region of Nigeria the institution can be located in Nsukka Enugu.

The institution was established in 1955 under the control of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe who was the Head of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966.

According to the Wikipedia the University was formally opened on 7 October 1960, as the climax to the Nigerian independence celebrations in the Eastern Region. Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra of Kent, representing Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II at the Nigerian independence celebrations, performed the opening ceremonies and laid the foundation stone of one of the University’s early buildings.

The University has four campuses – Nsukka (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN), Enugu (University of Nigeria Enugu campus, UNEC), Ituku-Ozalla (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH) and Aba (University of Nigeria Aba campus, UNAC).
The main campus of the University is located on 871 hectares of hilly savannah in the town of Nsukka, about eighty kilometres north of Enugu, and enjoys a very pleasant and healthy climate.

List of Faculties in University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)

These are the list of faculties in UNN

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Biological science
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Computer Education
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacognosy and Environmental Medicines
  • Science Education
  • Surveying & Geodesy
  • Urban & Regional Planning

Tuition fees

These are the tuition fees and the school fees paying in the University of Nigeria Nsukka

MINIMUM FEES:  ₦70,700.00 (Seventy thousand, and seven hundred)

MAXIMUM FEES: #77,200.00 (Seventy seven thousand and two hundred)

Note: his is for only newly admitted students

UTME Cut Off Mark for UNN

The JAMB cutoff mark for University of Nigeria Nsukka is 200 candidates must have minimum of 200 in Jamb or above.


  1. Candidates Must sit for jamb and must score 200 and above.
  2. Candidates coming into the four-year programme must have obtained five Credits including English Language and any science subject as well as a Pass in Mathematics at WASC or GCE O/L or its equivalent
  3. All direct entry candidate coming into three year programme must have passed two papers in Higher School Certificate or GCE A/L  and have the minimum entry requirements of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka including a credit in English Language and a pass in Mathematics at WASC or GCE O/L or its equivalent.
  4. Holders of Diploma or NCE recognized by University of Nigeria also qualify for Direct Entry.

3. University of Lagos (UNILAG) :

The third best Federal University in Nigeria is University of Lagos which is also know as UNILAG it is located in Lagos State Nigeria which was Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos has, for over 5 decades, provided qualitative and research-oriented education to Nigerians and all those who have entered its domain in search of knowledge. At its inception, the University of Lagos was empowered to produce a professional workforce that would steer the political, social and economic development of a newly independent country. Over the last fifty years the University has pursued this mission with vigour, excellence and panache. The University has built a legacy of academic excellence and is now acclaimed publicly as “the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride.”

The establishment of the University of Lagos in 1962 was informed by the need to intensify the training of a professional workforce for a newly independent Nigeria in search of rapid industrialisation and economic development. It was however quite evident that the country lacked the requisite workforce to actualise the people’s dream. There was a big gulf to be filled, and that required establishing many more universities.

Towards this end, the Federal Government established the Eric Ashby Commission on Post School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria in May 1959. The Ashby Commission’s report, titled Investment in Education, recommended the establishment of a new university in Lagos, the then Federal Capital, to offer day and evening courses in Commerce, Business Administration, Economics and Higher Management Studies.

List of faculties in UNILAG

There are about 12 faculties in University of Lagos (UNILAG) namely :

  • Arts
  • Medical Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dental Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Tuition Fees

These are the UNILAG school fees

MIXIMUM: 63,500 (sixty three thousand and five hundred)

MINIMUM: 53,500 (fifty three thousand and five hundred)

This is only for freshers students

UTME Cut Off Mark

The acceptable JAMB cut off mark in University of Lagos (UNILAG) is 200 and above


  1. Candidates must be 16 years old and above before they can be considered for admissions
  2. Candidates must sit for jamb and score minimum of 200 AMD above
  3. Candidates must have at least minimum of five (5) credit in their o levels exams including English and Math
  4. All NCE, HND, and Alevels candidates should apply through JAMB as direct entry

4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) :

The fouth best university in Nigeria is one Femi Awolowo University which also know as OAU it located in ILE IFE Osun State

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is one of three Universities established in Nigeria between 1961 and 1962 as a result of the report submitted to the Federal Government in September, 1960, by a Commission it appointed in April 1959 under the Chairmanship of Sir Eric Ashby, Master of Clare College, Cambridge, to survey the needs of post-secondary and higher education in Nigeria over the next twenty years. On 8th June, 1961 the Law providing for the  establishment of the Provisional Council of the University was formally inaugurated under the Chairmanship of Chief Rotimi Williams.

On 11th June, 1970, an Edict known as the University of Ife edict, 1970 was promulgated by the Government of the Western State to replace the Provisional Council Law of 8th June, 1961. This Edict has since been amended by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (Amended) Edict No. 112 of 1975 (Transitional Provisions) Decree No.

23 of 1975. This new Decree effected a takeover of the Obafemi Awolowo University by the Federal Military Government and established a Provisional Council as an interim governing body of the University which shall subject to the general direction of the Head of the Federal Government, control the policies and finances of the University and manage its affairs. This Provisional Council has since been replaced by a Governing Council.

List of faculties in OAU

There are about 11 faculties in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) namely:

  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Environmental Design and Management 
  • Health Science
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Social science
  • Technology

Tuition Fees

MINIMUM FEES: #31,100 (Thirty one thousand and one hundred)

MAXIMUM FEES : #57, 000 (Fifty seven thousand)

UTME Cutoff mark for OAU

The minimum JAMB cutoff in OAU is 180 candidates are expected to meet-up with cutoff before they can be considered for admissions screening.


  • Candidates must sit for UTME and must score minimum of 180 and above
  • Candidates must have at least minimum of five credit in in relevant subjects including English and mathematics in their olevel
  • Candidates can only only use minimum of 2 sitting for Levels except those in College of Health Science that must have only one olevel at one sitting
  • All direct entry should apply through JAMB and must have all the relevant requirements

5. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU):

The fifth best University in Nigeria in the list is Almadu Belly University (ABU) This university was located in the northern part of Nigeria, it is also know as federal government research university located in Zaria, Kaduna State. 

ABU was founded on October 4, 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria.

The university operates three main campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria, and School of Basic Studies in Funtua. The Samaru campus houses the administrative offices, sciences, social-sciences, arts and languages, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences agricultural sciences and research facilities. The Kongo campus hosts the Faculties of Law and Administration. The Faculty of Administration consists of Accounting, Business Administration, Local Government and Development Studies and Public Administration Departments. Additionally, the university is responsible for a variety of other institutions and programs at other locations.

The university is named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria.

The university runs a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs (and offers associate degrees and vocational and remedial programs). The university has a large medical program with its own A.B.U. Teaching Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa.

List of faculties available in ABU

The ABU have grown and how become one of the largest institution in Nigeria with about 12 faculties namely

  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Aets
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental design
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Science
  • Social science
  • Veterinary medicine

Tuition fees

This is the tuition fees pay my ABU undergraduate only

MINIMUM: #14,500 ( Fourteen thousand and five hundred)

MAXIMUM : #44,500 ( Forty four thousand and five hundred

UTME Cutoff Mark For ABU

The minimum UTME cutoff mark for ABU Is 180 and above and candidates are expected to beat the cutoff before they can able to participate in the admission screening


  1. Candidates must sit for UTME and must score minimum of of 180 and above
  2. Candidates must have at least minimum of five credit in relevant subjects including English and mathematics and other 3 relevant subjects
  3. Candidates using two sittings must make sure It is right combination
  4. All direct entry candidate must make sure they have minimum of lower credit and must apply through JAMB

6. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN):

The University of Ilorin Popularly known as UNILORIN is one of the most popular and best Federal University in Nigeria it is located in Ilorin the capital state of kwara State the geographical region of north south Nigeria.

University of Ilorin was one of the seven institutions of higher learning established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in August, 1975. This step, taken to implement one of the educational directives of the country’s Third National Development Plan, was aimed at providing more opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire university education and to generate high level man-power, so vital for the rapidly expanding economy.

The then University College of Ilorin was initially affiliated to the University of Ibadan. Dr. T.N. Tamuno, Professor and Head of History Department at the University of Ibadan, was appointed the first Principal of the College in September, 1975. Shortly after Professor Tamuno’s appointment as Principal of the College, he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan. It therefore, became necessary to appoint another Principal in the person of Professor O.O. Akinkugbe, former Dean of the then Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan, in December 1975.

The then new Principal, Professor O.O. Akinkugbe, made several visits to the second Military Governor of Kwara State, the late Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo  in connection with the new institution, such that by March 1976, he had established residence at Ilorin. The support given to the fledgling Institution by Governor Taiwo continued even more vigorously under the third Military Governor of the State, Brigadier George A. Innih, who ceded a portion of the temporary site of the Kwara State College of Technology to the University. The site, up till now, serves as the mini campus of the University.

Following an entrance examination, 200 foundation students were admitted into residence on Saturday, October 23rd, 1976, and academic activities commenced on Monday, October 25th , 1976, after the Principal’s maiden address at about 10.00am in the  Africa Hall. The University College had three foundation Faculties namely: Arts, Science and Education. The Institution began to develop its programmes in a way that not lees than 60% of its effort was directed towards science-oriented programmes.

List of the available faculties in UNILORIN

This are the father are available in University Of Ilorin

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Basic medical Science
  • Business and social science
  • Clinical science
  • Communication and Information science
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Law
  • Science

Tuition Fees

This tuition fees is for only freshers students

MINIMUM: #18,300 (eighteen thousand and three hundred)

MAXIMUM: #60,000 (sixty Thousand)

UTME Cutoff Mark for UNILORIN

The Minimum JAMB cutoff mark for University of Ilorin is 180 and candidates are expected to meet-up with cutoff before they can obtain the POSTUTME screening forms


  1. Candidates must sit for UTME and must scored 180 and Above
  2. Minimum of five (5) credit in SSCE examination is required from candidates in one or two sittings
  3. All direct entry candidates should apply through JAMB

7. Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA):

The next is Federal University of Akure popularly known as FUTA, FUTA is the best universities of technology in Nigeria ranked the 8th best University and best University Of Technology in Nigeria by webometrics as at January 2020.

it was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in September 1981. The first set of students was admitted into the first year (100 level) of the Bachelor’s degree programmes in the 1982/83 academic session. The Department of Forestry and Wood Technology was founded in 1983 as one of the foundation Departments within the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology of the University.

The Department was established to give prominence to sound scientific training and provide the much required impetus for rapid technological and industrial development in Forestry and Wood Technology. The forestry courses taught in traditional Universities emphasise forest planting and management, while little attention is given to the important area of harvesting and utilization. By virtue of our mission the programmes of the Department in addition give due attention to areas that will ensure efficient exploitation and utilisation of our resources. The programme of this Department is, therefore, designed to give students the required academic and practical background in areas of silviculture, management, inventory, harvesting and utilization of forest resources. It also emphasises special areas of forest biometrics, Geographic Information System (GIS), social and environmental forestry, pulp and paper technology, wood waste utilization and development of agroforestry practices to meet the increasing food and wood requirements of the country.

List of faculties available in FUTA

  1. School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology
  2. School of Health and Mineral Science
  3. School of Environmental Technology
  4. School of Management Technology
  5. School of Science

Tuition fees

FRESHERS STUDENTS: #52,100 (Fifty two thousand and one hundred)

RETURNING STUDENTS (final year) : #75,090 (seventy five thousand and ninety)

UTME Cutoff Mark For FUTA

The UTME cutoff mark for FUTA is 180 and every candidates are expected to meet-up with cutoff before they can obtain the POSTUTME screening forms


(a) UTME Admission

Admission to 100 Level is through the UTME of the JOint Admission and Matriculation Board Examinatiobn in subjects such as English Language, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. To be eligible for admission, candidates must have a minimum of credit pass in the General Certifcate of West Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or NECO or its equivalent at not more than two (2) sittings in the following subjects:

Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English Language.

U.M.E Subjects: English Language, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

(b) Direct Entry Admission

In addition to the requirements specified above in (a), candidates seeking admission to 200 Level must possess:

(i)ND at Upper Credit Level ro equivalent in civil engineering or realted discipline from recognised institution , or

(ii)Good passes at the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) or its equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, andMathematics.

8. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT):

The University of Port Harcourt was rank 9th best university in Nigeria, in 2020, it is located in port Harcourt the southern Nigeria,.

The University was established in the late 1970s, as academic Institution as at that time Management Sciences did not exist, although there was a department of Business Studies attached to Social Sciences that provided skeletal training and preparation for students interested in Business Studies. The Department of Business Studies was very short lived. It was soon to be phased out by the Faculty of Social Sciences because its implied philosophy of “Capitalism” was inconsistent with the philosophy of “Modified Socialism” which the leaders of the faculty preached.
While the Faculty of Social Sciences was busy phasing out the Department of Business Studies, the Oil Companies, notably the refineries were contacting the University of Port Harcourt and requesting top level management training and programmes for their executives and engineers. This need informed the engagement of Professor Lucius in 1980 to design and develop an MBA programme that would meet the needs of the oil companies, the generality of the Nigerian public, the NUC and the Nigerian University system.
The programme started with four functional areas, namely, Accountancy, Finance & Banking, Management and Marketing. The Harvard style MBA was a Graduate School for MBA without undergraduate base. With the MBA programme, the University of Port Harcourt saw the birth of a new School of Business, the Graduate School of Management and Business Administration with Professor Lucius as its first Dean.
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Professor Lucius relentlessly enriched the programme content of the Department of Business Studies in Social Sciences by teaching courses like International Marketing, on part-time basis, to the B.Sc students. The part-time programme provided the flexibility and convenience needed by the working engineers and executives of various industries to undertake the MBA degree programme. Since the MBA degree programme had the interests of engineers and industrial executives in mind during its inception, the programme content was highly quantitative. It was a two-year degree programme in which the first 10 courses of the first year were preparatory pre-requisite courses while the second 10 courses of the second year were highly specialized.
In 1984, a significant development shaped the future of the Graduate School of Management and Business Administration and led to the birth of a new Faculty in the University of Port Harcourt. The NUC approved the School of Graduate Studies for the University of Port Harcourt to oversee all graduate degree programmes in all departments of the University. In the circumstances the existence of another, mainly, Graduate School of Management and Business Administration (GSMBA) had to be phased out or alternatively GSMBA should design and with immediate effect implement an undergraduate (B.Sc) programme. This would provide an undergraduate base and quality GSMBA to become another autonomous faculty in the university. This later alternative was quickly embraced by GSMBA since the GSMBA had unsuccessfully tried to get Senate approval to do this over the years. Thus the Graduate School of Management and Business Administration quickly attracted good students from JAMB applicants and started the undergraduate degree programme with specializations, again, in Accountancy, Finance and Banking, Management, and Marketing. Accordingly, these disciplines for both undergraduate and graduate studies in Business Management became a new faculty, called the Faculty of Management Sciences.

List of faculties available in UNIPORT

There are about twelve faculties present in uniport as at 2020 namely :

  1. Faculty of Humanities
  2. Faculty of social science
  3. faculty of Education
  4. Faculty of Engineering
  5. Faculty of Management Sciences
  6. College of Health Science
  7. College of Basic Medical Science
  8. Faculty of Science
  9. Faculty of Dentistry
  10. Faculty of Pharmacy
  11. Faculty of Agriculture
  12. Faculty of Law

Tuition Fess

The tuition fees for the freshers department, but acceptance fees is #30,000.

UTME Cutoff Mark For UNIPORT

The JAMB cutoff mark for uniport is 180


  1. Candidates Must sit for UTME and score 180 and above
  2. Candidates must have minimum of five credit in relevant subjects including English and mathematics in their OLEVEL’S exams.


1. A minimum of B.Sc. 2nd class honours degree from the University of Port Harcourt or from any other University recognized by the Senate of the University of Port Harcourt. 

2. HND Upper Division from a recognized institution plus a Post Graduate Diploma at a CGPA of 3.5 or more. 

9. Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA):

Adekunle Ajasin University fondly called AAUA is 10th best university Nigeria it is located in Ondo State, It was first established as Obafemi Awolowo University in March 1982 by the government of the old Ondo State, headed by the late Chief Adekunle Ajasin.

The immediately succeeding military government of Navy Commodore Bamidele Otiko changed its name to Ondo State University in 1985. Its relocation to Akungba-Akoko in the new Ondo State became imperative in 1999, following the creation of a new State out of the old Ondo three years earlier in October 1996. The bill backing the relocation was signed into law by the then Governor of the State, Chief Adebayo Adefarati, in November 1999, and that prompted the movement of a crop of workers from the old site in Ado-Ekiti to Akungba-Akoko on 1 December 1999.

List of faculties available in AAUA

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environmental Design and Management
  • Law
  • Science
  • Social and management science

Tuition Fees

Freshers : 100,000 (one hundred thousand)

Returning Students: 80,000 (Eighty Thousand)

UTME cutoff Mark For AAUA

The Jamb cut off mark for AAUA is 180



  1. Candidates must sit for UTME and score 180 and above.
  2. Candidates must have at least minimum of five credit in relevant subjects in Olevel
  3. Two sittings is acceptable


Candidates must have minimum of lower credit in ND, HND, NC, and must apply for direct entry through JAMB

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