NUC Top University Ranking 2021: List of Best Universities in Nigeria

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NUC Top University Ranking

Every year, The the National Universities Commission (NUC) Rates institutions across the country base on certain factors. The overriding factor used by NUC is the Standard of Education and academic performance of  Students.

This article will focus on NUC Top University Ranking

It always a good thing to attend one of the top universities in Nigeria.  Your institution says a lot about who you are and who you will probably be tomorrow, and this is a universal fact all over the world. Most persons have gotten employ  within a twinkle of an eye because of where they graduate from. Please do well to check the NUC Top University Ranking and know the status quo of your school.

NUC Top University Ranking

NUC Top University

The latest Nigeria University Ranking is out with University of Ibadan (UI) still topping the list as best university in Nigeria. The Ranking was obtained from the January 2021 Webometrics World University Ranking results.
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So if your institution isn’t amongst the topnotch ones by the National Universities Commission (NUC), you risk being held in contempt by your peers.  That’s why the my-alma-mater-trumps-yours arguments are prevalent amongst Nigerian undergraduates and graduates.

Top Universities in Nigeria: NUC Top University Ranking

Here’s NUC’s 2021 ranking for top universities in Nigeria:

  1. University of Ibadan First in NUC Top University Ranking

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This is the highest ranked university in Nigeria at the moment. U.I, as it’s fondly called, is a non-profit higher institution of learning in Ibadan. It was established in 1948 and is the first institution of higher learning in Nigeria.

Officially accredited by the NUC, University of Ibadan offers courses and programs such as pre-bachelor degrees (which comprises of certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

The probability of getting admission into this 69-year-old institution is 40-50%, making it one of the most selective universities in Nigeria. Nevertheless, UI is a large coeducational higher education institution with an enrollment range of 20,000- 24,999 students.

nternational applicants are also eligible for admission. Apart from this, the university boasts of academic and non-academic facilities and services to students which include: library, sports facilities/activities, housing, financial aids/and or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities plus administrative services.

2. University of Lagos

Popularly known as UNILAG, University of Lagos is a federal government research university established in 1962 and it’s located in Lagos State. With approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, UNILAG has one of the largest student populations of any university in Nigeria and has remained one of the most competitive in terms of admission.

NUC Top Universities in Nigerian Ranking

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Due to its research activity, the university was adjudged the best in Nigeria at the Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA) in 2008 and is presently the second in the ranking of top universities in Nigeria.

With its main campus located at Akoka, Yaba, and its Medical Campus of The College of Medicine located at Idi-Araba, Surulere, the university has many residential services and facilities for both staff and students. The academic bodies of The University of Lagos consists of full-time undergraduate programs, the Distance Learning Institute (DLI) and the School of Post-Graduate Studies (full-time& part-time programs).

3. Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife

Claiming third position in the rankings is OAU. Located in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, OAU is a federal government university

Established in 1961, the Great Ife as it is fondly called offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in fields of specialization which consists of the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the medical sciences, engineering and technology.

The university has 13 faculties and 2 colleges- the Postgraduate College and the College of Health Sciences- administered in over 60 departments. Since its establishment, OAU has over 82 departments.

4. Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

One of the NUC Top University Ranking, ABU, is a federal government research university founded on October 4, 1962 and is located in Zaria, Kaduna State. Named after the Sardauna of Sokoto and the first premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the university runs a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs plus associate degrees and vocational and remedial programs. Boasting of a large medical program with its own A.B.U Teaching Hospital, it is not surprising that it is listed as one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa.

5. University of Ilorin

Another NUC Top University Ranking school is University of Ilorin Located in the ancient city of Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, UNILORIN, as it is popularly called was established in 1975. Ranking 5th on NUC’s list of top universities in Nigeria for 2021, the university presently has 15 faculties, a College of Health Sciences (with 2 faculties-Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences), 2 institutes (Institute of Education& Unilorin Sugar Research Institute), and the Postgraduate School. These faculties have over 60 academic departments with undergraduate programs running for 3-6 years depending on entry qualifications and discipline.

6. Covenant University Ota

This is the only private university to make it to the list of top 10 universities in Nigeria and NUC Top University Ranking Covenant University is a Private Christian University established on the 21st of October, 2002. It was established by the World Mission Agency and the Living Faith Church Worldwide.

Located in Cannan Land, CU academic programs run in 4 colleges namely: College of Business and Social Sciences, College of Leadership Development Studies, College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology. It also runs postgraduate studies.

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7. University of Nigeria Nsukka

Formerly known as the University of Biafra and now  UNN, the University Of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and autonomous university in Nigeria. UNN is very prominent in South Eastern Nigeria, so it’s no wonder ninety percent of secondary students in the region set their eyes on gaining admission there.

It has the American educational system as a model. Located at Nsukka, the varsity is renowned for its academics, and was founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955.

NUC Top University Ranking

UNN is also the first land-grant university in Africa. It is 7th on NUC’s current ranking for top universities in Nigeria and has 15 faculties and 102 academic departments. It runs 82 undergraduate programs and an impressive 211 postgraduate programs.

8. University of Benin

Clinching the 8th position in the list of top universities in Nigeria is the University of Benin in Edo state. Fondly known as UNIBEN by its students, the Great University of Benin is one of Nigeria’s first generation federal universities. The varsity started out as an Institute of Technology in 1970 and was accorded the status of a full-fledged university by NUC on July 1, 1971.

UNIBEN offers programs spanning postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate levels. Presently, the total student enrollment is over 40,000 which is consist of both full-time and part-time students distributed among the various faculties.

9. University of Abuja

UNIABUJA was established on January 1, 1988 and mostly offers the regular degree, diploma and postgraduate programs. The university also has a Centre for Distance Learning School which provides education for those unable to acquire education through the regular university system and those interested in acquiring new knowledge and specialized skills.

UNIABUJA’s Law Faculty is its pride. This faculty stands out for having one of the most organized Student Representatives Councils (LAWSAN) in Nigeria. The Law Students Association of the institution has won the university many National and International competitions and it’s therefore not surprising that the university made it to the list of the top universities in Nigeria.

10. University of Port Harcourt

UNIPORT was Established in 1975 as the University College, Port Harcourt, and granted university status in 1977. It had six schools in 1977 and changed from a school system to a faculty system in 1982. Presently, the university has 12 faculties.

NUC Top Nigerian University  Ranking

Don’t feel downtrodden if your varsity isn’t among those ten up there. The list changes from year to year, so it’s not static. Here are other universities that are on the list of top ranking universities in Nigeria:

  1. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  2. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  3. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  4. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti
  5. Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto
  6. Lagos State University Ojo
  7. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  8. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  9. Bayero University, Kano
  10. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho
  12. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti
  13. University of Jos
  14. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  15. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  16. University of Uyo
  17. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
  18. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia
  19. Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu
  20. Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt
  21. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko
  22. Benue State University ,Makurdi
  23. Redeemer’s University Mowe
  24. Kwara State University, Ilorin
  25. Veritas University, Abuja
  26. Osun State University, Oshogbo
  27. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  28. Nassarawa State University, Keffi
  29. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  30. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  31. University of Calabar
  32. Kogi State University, Anyigba
  33. Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode
  34. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
  35. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  36. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike
  37. University of Maiduguri
  38. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina
  39. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  40. Bowen University, Iwo
  41. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  42. Delta State University, Abraka
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List of NUC Top University Ranking 2021

  1. Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa
  2. Abia State University, Uturu
  3. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  4. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
  5. Federal University, Otuoke
  6. Imo State University Owerri
  7. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago- Iwoye
  8. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
  9. Kaduna State University
  10. Federal University, Lokoja
  11. Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo
  12. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  13. Paul University, Awka
  14. Federal University, Dutse
  15. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo Town
  16. Lead City University, Ibadan
  17. Bingham University, Auta Balifi
  18. Baze University, Abuja
  19. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai
  20. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  21. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  22. Madonna University, Okija
  23. Crawford University, Faith City
  24. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
  25. Caritas University, Enugu
  26. Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa
  27. Bells University of Technology Ota
  28. Igbinedion University, Okada
  29. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  30. Achievers University, Owo
  31. Caleb University, Imota
  32. Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil
  33. Federal University, Lafia
  34. Sokoto State University
  35. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  36. Adeleke University, Ede
  37. Federal University, Kashere
  38. Federal University, Wukari
  39. University of Mkar, Mkar
  40. Oduduwa University, Ile Ife
  41. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike
  42. Taraba State University, Jalingo
  43. Obong University, Obong Ntak
  44. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  45. Renaissance University Enugu
  46. Salem University Lokoja
  47. Wellspring University, Benin City
  48. Al-Qalam University, Katsina

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