Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria 2022 – Current Edition

The National Universities Commission(NUC) in collaboration with 4ICU, an internationally recognized and respected website that annually ranks universities globally has once released the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria 2022. Some time ago, the Federal Ministry of Education published lists of fake or discredited universities in Nigeria. The list was published due to the fact that many students, over the years have been falling victims of those fake universities.

However, following thorough research, we have come up with list of top universities in Nigeria that have been accredited by the NUC. It is important to note that this list does not only contain government-owned universities, but Federal, State, and Private universities in Nigeria.

Please note that the universities listed here do not in any way have a permanent position, they can either drop in the ranking or go higher as this depends on a whole lot of factors.

4icu alongside the NUC ranking is based on various factors, lets take a look at some of the major factors for ranking these universities.



Despite size not being a major ranking factor, it can be listed as one of the attributes when discussing top universities in Nigeria. There have been cases where people confuse the school with the biggest Landmass as the biggest University in Nigeria, it is a very wrong notion. Take Lagos state for instance, in terms of Landmass, Lagos is one of the smallest states but regarded as the biggest and most populous in terms of development.

So in this case we are referring to the developed areas within the school and not just the size of the land the university is built on.


It is not enough to have a lecture hall as even villages have town halls, what distinguishes halls are the specific needs they are built for. University lecture halls must be equipped with adequate desks and tables, public address systems, written materials, and other facilities for carrying out practicals when it does not require going to the Laboratory.

The lecture halls usually ought to come with Air conditioners to cozen up the room temperature, though, in the Nigerian setting, this seems like too much to ask for, it is such a pity.


We based our ranking too on this factor. A major and important raking attribute when listing the top 100 universities in Nigeria. The quality service imparted in the students can make or mar the quality of graduates the school produces yearly and this has a chain effect on the economy as well.

Sometimes, it is not wholly about the qualifications of these lecturers because there is a big difference between having a knowledge and the ability to pass it on to others, though that is not to override the importance of being qualified. Qualification and quality go hand in hand most times, the higher your qualifications, the better qualified you are for the job and that talks a lot about the quality of service you can render.

You can imagine an aging Professor in a lecture hall of about 400 students, truth be told, there will be no effective means of passing his messages across and managing such a crowd.

For a university to maintain its spot on the list of top universities in Nigeria, there should be an average increase in quality young and fresh lecturers at least every four (4) sessions. The number of Masters degree holders (a minimum qualification that must be strictly adhered to), Ph.D. holders, and Professors are also factors that were taken into account based on the ranking.


No student wants to spend more than the required number of years required for his or her course. By default, the university with the fastest academic calendar attracts the most candidates during UTME admission applications. So far, the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), ranks as the university with the fastest academic session in Nigeria, how is that possible? they broke out off ASUU and when it comes to disciplined lecturers, you can count on them.

Some of the under-listed schools can be counted on in terms of having a speedy academic calendar, which is the reason they possess the bragging rights of being among the top 100 best universities in Nigeria.


The number of Fist class is synonymous with the quality of lecturers in the university. To whom much is given, much is expected. Since lecturers spend valuable time with their students, it is normal when the students learn faster and gain more. Ranking the best universities in Nigeria based on the number of First class and Second class upper has never being overestimated as this talks a whole lot about the quality of education being impacted on the students and in turn has a positive effect on the image of the university because they take the credit and not the lecturers who did the job.


This is where all Nigerian Universities which include Federal, state, and Private Universities have failed woefully. In other developed worlds, innovations and inventions come from the universities.

Aside from lecturing, lecturers take pride in carrying out researches of various kinds and have their names listed as a team of researchers that concluded or found the result to an age-long inquiry.

Here our university lecturers are best at selling hand-outs and forcing students to buy half baked plagiarized textbooks that practically hold no water, LOL! this is not to say there are none at all, in as much as they are careless about researches, a fair share of the blame goes to the Federal and state government too who totally lack any sense of commitment to this very important area.

A country cannot grow without a solid R&D Research and Development ministry if there is anything called that because It is the backbone of any nation. Just a few of the universities listed here carry out researches in their little ways, you can see them based on the ranking below.

There are other factors for ranking the best universities in Nigeria but for the sake of trying not to over bore you with too many words, let’s go straight to the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria

Below is the list of top 100 Universities in Nigeria for the year 2022, go through and see the number your university falls into


University Location
1 University of Lagos Lagos
2 University of Nigeria Nsukka
3 University of Ibadan Ibadan
4 Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife
5 University of Port Harcourt Port Harcourt
6 University of Ilorin Ilorin
7 Covenant University Ota
8 Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
9 Federal University of Technology, Akure Akure
10 Rivers State University Port Harcourt
11 Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko
12 Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Abeokuta
13 Landmark University Omu-Aran
14 Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti
15 University of Benin Benin City
16 American University of Nigeria Yola
17 Taraba State University Jalingo
18 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso
19 Bayero University Kano Kano
20 University of Jos Jos
21 University of Abuja Abuja
22 Babcock University Ilishan-Remo
23 Nile University of Nigeria Abuja
24 Federal University of Technology, Owerri Owerri
25 Pan-Atlantic University Lagos
26 Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
27 Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Oye-Ekiti
28 Veritas University Abuja
29 Lagos State University Ojo
30 Baze University Abuja
31 University of Uyo Uyo
32 Federal University of Technology, Minna Minna
33 Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto
34 Federal University, Lokoja Lokoja
35 African University of Science and Technology Abuja
36 Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye
37 Ebonyi State University Abakaliki
38 Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti Ado-Ekiti
39 Redeemer’s University Ede
40 Federal University, Otuoke Otuoke
41 Benue State University Makurdi
42 Nasarawa State University Keffi
43 University of Calabar Calabar
44 Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu-Ode
45 University of Maiduguri Maiduguri
46 Osun State University Oshogbo
47 Kwara State University Ilorin
48 Bowen University Iwo
49 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi
50 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University Katsina
51 Skyline University Nigeria Kano
52 Federal University, Dutsin-Ma Dutsin-Ma
53 Kaduna State University Kaduna
54 Abia State University Uturu
55 Delta State University, Abraka Abraka
56 Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu
57 Mountain Top University Makogi Oba
58 Federal University, Lafia Lafia
59 Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umuahia
60 Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo
61 Lead City University Ibadan
62 Cross River University of Technology Calabar
63 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Uli
64 Akwa Ibom State University Ikot Akpad
65 University of Agriculture, Makurdi Makurdi
66 Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike
67 Federal University, Dutse Dutse
68 Edo University Iyamho
69 Al-Hikmah University Ilorin
70 Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano Kano
71 Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma
72 Igbinedion University Okada Okada
73 Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
74 Crawford University Faith City
75 University of Medical Sciences Ondo City
76 Imo State University Owerri
77 Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island
78 Bells University of Technology Ota
79 Benson Idahosa University Benin City
80 Kogi State University Anyigba
81 Adeleke University Ede
82 Ajayi Crowther University Oyo Town
83 Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai
84 Elizade University Ilara-Mokin
85 Southwestern University, Nigeria Okun Owa
86 Chrisland University Abeokuta
87 Caleb University Imota
88 Joseph Ayo Babalola University Ikeji-Arakeji
89 Bingham University Auta Balifi
90 Fountain University, Osogbo Oshogbo
91 Kola Daisi University Ibadan
92 Achievers University, Owo Owo
93 Yobe State University Damaturu
94 Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil
95 Federal University, Birnin Kebbi Birnin Kebbi
96 Anchor University, Lagos Lagos
97 The Technical University Ibadan
98 Oduduwa University Ile Ife
99 Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa
100 Bauchi State University Gadau
101 Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola
102 Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta Abeokuta
103 Kings University Odeomu
104 Sule Lamido University Kafin Hausa
105 Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero
106 Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Port Harcourt
107 Caritas University Enugu
108 Crescent University, Abeokuta Abeokuta
109 Gombe State University Gombe
110 Al-Qalam University, Katsina Katsina
111 Federal University, Kashere Kashere
112 Madonna University, Nigeria Elele
113 Sokoto State University Sokoto
114 Augustine University Ilara
115 Federal University, Gusau Gusau
116 Paul University Awka
117 Atiba University Oyo Town
118 Mcpherson University Seriki-Sotayo
119 Plateau State University Bokkos
120 Wesley University of Science and Technology Ondo City
121 Adamawa State University Mubi
122 Rhema University Aba
123 Novena University Ogume
124 Tansian University Umunya
125 Obong University Obong Ntak
126 University of Africa Toru-Orua
127 Federal University, Wukari Wukari
128 Michael and Cecilia Ibru University Agbara-Otor
129 Gregory University, Uturu Uturu
130 PAMO University of Medical Sciences Port-Harcourt
131 Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko Okerenghigho
132 University of Mkar Mkar
133 Admiralty University of Nigeria Ibusa
134 Dominican University, Ibadan Ibadan
135 Wellspring University Benin City
136 Christopher University Mowe
137 Precious Cornerstone University Ibadan
138 Summit University Offa Offa
139 Salem University Lokoja
140 Glorious Vision University Ogwa
141 Renaissance University Enugu
142 Evangel University, Akaeze Enugu
143 Arthur Jarvis University Calabar
144 Coal City University Enugu
145 Eastern Palm University Ogboko
146 Spiritan University, Nneochi Umunneochi
147 Ritman University Ikot Ekpene
148 Hezekiah University Umudi
149 Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin
150 Western Delta University Oghara
151 Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele Ijebu-Itele
152 Clifford University Ihie
153 Crown Hill University Ilorin
154 Legacy University, Okija Okija
155 Borno State University Maiduguri
156 Kwararafa University, Wukari Wukari
157 Federal University, Gashua Gashua
158 Edwin Clark University Kiagbodo
159 Gombe State University of Science and Technology Kumo
160 Zamfara State University Talata Mafara

As opined earlier, the ranking is not a permanent one, it changes based on the above factors, any university that either fails to maintain and upgrade drops on the list, however, a university can maintain her position should the management keep up to what is expected by the NUC.

What position does your university fall under the list of top 100 universities in Nigeria? Comment your school’s position in the comment section below. Please note that this ranking is not cast in stones as they are subject to change

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