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Top 10 Private Universities In Nigeria


Here is a list of top 10 private universities in Nigeria. Universities are ranked based on factors  such as academic standards, facilities, location, cost and Webometrics ranking.

1. Covenant University

Licensed by the Federal Government of Nigeria on 12th February 2002, Convenant University has grown to be the best private University in Nigeria.

Convenant University 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. Babcock university has really grown in popularity because of it’s 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 has continuously improved the standard of Institution and its students.

Babcock University is second on the list of Top 10 Private Universities In Nigeria.

3. Joseph Ayo Babalola University

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

This institution pioneered the trend for entrepreneurship education in Nigeria.

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

Joseph Ayo Babalola University is third on the list of Top 10 Private Universities In Nigeria

4. Bowen University

Bowen University, Iwo is the first church owned private University in Nigeria. Bowen University 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.

Bowen University 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 temporarily located at the Redemption Camp, 46Km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The permanent site of the school is located far away in Ede, Osun State.

The current location of Redeeme’rs University is not the only attraction to the school, Highly respected academics have taught or are still teaching at Redeemer’s university.

  • Pofessor 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.

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For a private university, Igbinedion has a fine 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 university was founded by Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, a philanthropist and a prominent political figure in Edo State.

7. Ajayi Crowther University

The Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo was established by the Supra Diocesan Board (West) of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) .

The University 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.

Ajayi Crowther University has continued to grow at a remarkable pace and hopes to be the best university in Nigeria in the nearest future.

8. Bells University of Technology

Bells University of Technology is Nigeria’s foremost private University of Technology.

Bells University of Technology prides itself in its ability to create new ways of thinking, making the university stand out from its competitors and 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. 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 8 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.

The language center trains the students in at least one local and one foreign language apart from English language. This is in response to the increasing diverse and globalized workplace.

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.

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 for 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.

The University’s principal objective is to become the best centre of learning, teaching and research.


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