Types of University in Nigeria


Nigeria is home to many tertiary institutions that are located in different regions of the country. After secondary education, students seeking to further their studies and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree secure admission into universities. These universities are either owned by the federal, or state government or by private individuals, corporate organizations, and religious bodies. In this article, the different types of universities would be addressed.

Types of University in Nigeria

The types of universities in Nigeria would be discussed below:

  • Federal Universities

Federal universities are tertiary institutions that are owned and managed by the federal government of Nigeria. There are many federal universities in Nigeria and they include, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Bayero University, Kano, Federal University Gashua, Yobe, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Federal University, Gusau Zamfara, Nigerian Army University Biu, Nigeria Police Academy Wudi, Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, University of Benin, University of Calabar, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Jos, University of Lagos, University of Maiduguri, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Uyo, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Air Force Institute of Technology.

  • Federal Universities of Agriculture

These are universities that have only Agriculture curriculum. They are licensed by the NUC and are owned by the federal government. They include the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, and Umudike.

  • Federal Universities of Health Science 

These are universities of Health sciences owned and managed by the federal government. They include Health Technology, Otukpo, Benue State, Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State, Federal University of Health Science, Ila Orangun, and Osun State.

  • Federal Universities of Technology

These universities include the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State, Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State.

  • State Universities

These are universities owned and Managed by the state government. They include, Abia State University, Uturu, Adamawa State University Mubi, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Bauchi State University, Gadau, Benue State University, Makurdi, Yobe State University, Damaturu, Gombe State University, Gombe, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Imo State University, Owerri, Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Delta State University Abraka, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Ekiti State University, Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba, Kwara State University, Ilorin, Rivers State University, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Lagos State University, Ojo, Niger Delta University, Yenagoa, Nasarawa State University, Keffi,

Plateau State University, Bokkos, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Osun State University, Osogbo, Taraba State University, Jalingo, Sokoto State University, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, Edo State University, Uzairue, Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ogboko, Imo State, University of Africa Toru Orua, Bayelsa State, Borno State University, Maiduguri, Zamfara State University, University of Delta, Agbor, Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba, Lagos State University of Education.

  • State Universities of Agriculture 

These universities include the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, Imo State.

  • State Universities of Medical Science

These universities include Ondo State University of Medical Science, Bayelsa Medical University, King David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, and Ebonyi State.

  • State Universities of Technology

These universities include Cross River State University of Technology, Calabar, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Delta University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, Oyo State Technical University, Ibadan, Bamidele Olumilua University of Science and Technology, Ikere, Ekiti State, Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta, Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu, Gombe State University of Science and Technology.

  • Private Universities

These are universities that are owned and managed by individuals, religious bodies, and corporate organizations. They include, Achievers University, Owo, Adeleke University, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State , Al-Qalam University, Katsina, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Augustine University, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Baze University, Bells University of Technology, Otta, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Bingham University, New Karu, Bowen University, Caleb University, Lagos, Caritas University, Enugu, Chrisland University, Covenant University Ota, Crawford University Igbesa, Crescent University, Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin , Evangel University, Akaeze, Fountain University, Oshogbo, Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu State, Gregory University, Uturu, Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun State, Hezekiah University, Umudi, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Kings University, Ode Omu, Kwararafa University, Wukar, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Lead City University, Ibadan, Madonna University, Okija, Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo, Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University, Mountain Top University, Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Novena University, Ogume, Obong University, Obong Ntak, Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Paul University, Awka – Anambra State, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Renaissance University, Enugu, Rhema University, Obeama-Asa, Rivers State, Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Salem University, Lokoja, Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Southwestern University, Oku Owa, Summit University, Tansian University, Umunya, University of Mkar, Mkar, Veritas University, Abuja, Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa, Edo State, Wesley University, Ondo, Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, Christopher University, Mowe, Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State, Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos State, Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo State,Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State, Arthur Javis University, Akpoyubo, Cross River State, Crown Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara State,Coal City University, Enugu State, Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State, Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State, Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State, Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo, PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Atiba University Oyo, Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Ijanikin, Lagos, Skyline University, Kano, Greenfield University, Kaduna, Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State, Trinity University, Ogun State, Westland University Iwo, Osun State, Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State, Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State, Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State, Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State, Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State, Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State, Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State.