Top 10 Private Universities in Nigeria

Between 1948 and 1999, universities in Nigeria were owned and managed by only the government (Federal and States).  But in 1999, Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, an Edo philanthropist and influential businessman, took a bold step to establish the first private university known as Igbinedion University at Okada in Edo State.

I was one of those who wondered back then, whether the management of private universities could be sustained in Nigeria.  But commendably, this bold step of Chief Igbinedion has opened an avalanche for more private universities since then; and we now have up to 50 of such operating in different parts of the country.

Let us now discuss the top 10 or best 10 of the private universities in Nigeria, which have been ranked on academic standards, facilities, locations, cost etc, by Webometrics, ThatScholar and other sources.

1. Covenant University

Covenant University which is located at Ota in Ogun State, and which was licensed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2002, is ranked to be the best private University in Nigeria.  It is said to be built on solid moral foundation as set by its Founder/Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo.  This university’s fees per session is N432,000.00.

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2. Babcock University

Next in ranking is Babcock University in Ilisan Remo in Ogun State.  This university which charges N620,000.00 as fees per session, is very innovative, and has continued to introduce effective policies which have constantly improved the standards of the institution and its students.

3. Joseph Ayo Babalola University

Joseph Ayo Babalola University was established by the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide in 2004 in Ikeji-Arakeji. This university is reputed to have pioneered the trend for entrepreneurship education in Nigeria, and as a result of its success in doing so, the National Universities Commission has made it mandatory for entrepreneurship to be included in general studies  in the various degree programmes of all universities in Nigeria.  Its fee is about N436,000.00 per session.

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4. Bowen University

The church-owned Bowen University in Iwo, is the fourth best private university in Nigeria.  Equipped with many qualified lecturers, this university runs many under-graduate programmes and a post-graduate school.  Its school fees is about N750,000.00 per session.

5. Redeemers’ University

Fifth in the ranking of private universities in Nigeria, is Redeemer’s University which is temporarily located at the Redemption Camp, Km. 46 Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.  This university is built by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and its current temporary location makes it attractive.

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  1. I think the best institution to attend in Nigeria today is private one because you already know when you’ll complete your course the day you resumed.

    Unlike government owned ones where strikes are unpredictable.

    1. Apart from the fees that is quite much you are right as most companies do not discriminate like it was in the past. So a private school cert holder stands an equal chance with a federal school cert holder.

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