UPDATED List of Top 10 Private Universities In Nigeria

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Private Universities are currently springing up at a very fast rate. Despite their costliness, they are usually preferred these day to Federal Universities because of their better orderliness, facilities, organisation, standard and smooth running sessions. So, here is a list of the top 10 private universities in Nigeria.

Ranking is based on a combination of factors such as academic standards, facilities, location, cost, and Webometrics ranking.

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1. Covenant University

Covenant University was licensed on 12th February 2002 and has grown to be the best private University in Nigeria. It is built on solid moral foundations, yet it excels on an innovative blueprint set by Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo.

Convenant University is unarguably best private university in Nigeria.

2. Babcock University

Babcock University is located in Ilisan Remo, Ogun state. This university has grown in popularity because of its innovative methods of management.

Many Nigerian Universities still hold on to the archaic beliefs of school management. Babcock University has continued to introduce effective policies which have continuously improved the standard of Institution and its students.


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3. Afe Babalola University

Afe Babalola University is the first and only University in Nigeria to commence academic activities on its permanent site with all the facilities in place within eight months.

The University has an entrepreneurship and language centers which all students are required to pass through during their period of study.

The Entrepreneurship Center develops high-quality entrepreneurial skills in students to enable them to become Job creators as opposed to job seekers.  Afe Babalola University continues to hold dear the founder’s philosophy which inculcates Discipline, Industry, determination, service, integrity, sound education and quality leadership in its students.

4. Bowen University

Bowen University, Iwo is the first church-owned private University in Nigeria. It is also the most “Federal” Private University in Nigeria.

Bowen University boasts of some of the most qualified lecturers in the country due to its proximity to Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Ibadan. It boasts of a school of medicine, faculty of law and a postgraduate school in addition to its already catalogue of undergraduate courses.

Bowen University, Iwo rightly earns the fourth spot on the list of Top 10 Private Universities In Nigeria

5. Redeemer’s University

Redeemer’s University is located far away in Ede, Osun State and is home to several highly respected dons, who have taught or are still teaching at Redeemer’s university.

  • Professor Oyewale Tomori (past vice chancellor, former World Health Organisation executive for sub-Saharan Africa and a Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Science),
  • Funsho Akere (all fellows of the Prestigious Nigerian Academy of Letter),
  • Professors Ahmed Parker Yerima (immediate past Director-General of the Nigeria National Theatre, National Troupe, and the Abuja Carnival and 2006 winner of the NLNG Prize for Literature),
  • Bunmi Oyeyemi Julius-Adeoye (December 27, 1973, – May 16, 2010) one of Nigeria’s popular female playwrights of the twenty-first century who started the Theatre Arts Department of the University and acted as its pioneer head of department (2005 – 2007).

Redeemer’s University is another model of successful institutions built by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and it is the fifth best private university in Nigeria.

6. Igbinedion University Okada

Igbinedion University Okada is the first private university in Nigeria. Iginedion University is Located in Okada, Edo state.

For a private university, Igbinedion has an exceptional range of programmes. Igbinedion University has a fully accredited faculty of Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Natural and Applied Sciences, Business and Management Studies and the Arts and Social Sciences.

Igbinedion University apart from being the pioneer private university in Nigeria was also the first private university in the country to produce medical doctors. In 2006, Mr. Sunday Damilola Olawuyi obtained a First Class Honours degree in the Nigerian Bar examinations, thereby making Igbinedion University the only private university in Nigeria to have produced a first class student in the Nigerian Bar Examinations

The school was founded by Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, a philanthropist and a prominent political figure in Edo State.

7. Joseph Ayo Babalola University

Joseph Ayo Babalola University was established by the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide in 2004. The university started academic sessions in 2006 post-license.

Following the success of JABU’s Entrepreneurial programme, The National Universities Commission after that made it mandatory for general studies that include entrepreneurship in the various degree programmes in Nigeria

8. Bells University of Technology

Bells University of Technology is Nigeria’s foremost private University of Technology. It prides itself on its ability to create new ways of thinking, making the university stand out from its competitors: the more traditional universities. In less than ten years, it has become one of the Nigeria’s best private Universities and yet they strive for the international front.

9. Ajayi Crowther University

The Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo was established by the Supra Diocesan Board (West) of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and is named after the late Samuel Ajayi Crowther, first African bishop of the Anglican Church, who first translated the Bible into Yoruba.

Ajayi Crowther University boasts of a Full Accreditation status for all the courses offered across its three faculties: Faculties of Humanities, Social and Management Sciences and Natural Sciences.


10. Caritas University Enugu

Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu, was approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria on December 16, 2004. It was officially opened on January 21, 2005, by the Federal Minister of Education, Prof. Fabian Osuji.

Caritas University is the second Catholic University in Nigeria founded by Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel Paul Mattew Edeh C.S.Sp, OFR. The university is managed by the Congregation of Sisters of Jesus the Saviour, a religious Congregation of Nuns founded by him.

Caritas University strives to revive the age-long successful tradition of Catholic Education in Nigeria which championed sound education and good morals.



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