15 Most Expensive Universities in Nigeria

Godfrey George lists the top 15 most costly universities in Nigeria.

1. The list is topped by Wigwe University in Isiokpo, Rivers State, which charges N12 million in tuition and lodging costs.

2. Nile University’s Medicine and Surgery curriculum is the most expensive in Abuja, costing N5.95 million, according to their website. The fees only cover tuition; lodging is not included. Tuition for returning students remains the same as stated in their admission letters.

3. Lead City University, or LCU, is a private institution in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. According to the school’s website, the MBBS Medicine and Surgery programme costs N5.5 million per session. Other pricey programs include nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy, which cost N2.5 million per session.

4. Afe Babalola University, founded by legal luminary Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), is among the country’s most expensive universities. First-year Medical students would pay N4,567,500, while final-year students will pay N5,586,000. This excludes accommodation, which costs N850,000 for a Super Deluxe one-person room, as well as additional expenditures [Students Association fees, medical screening, ABUAD memento (new students)] of roughly N70,000.

5. Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos charges between N3.9m and N4.4m for its most expensive curriculum, B.Eng Mechatronics. The charge includes reading materials, academic facilities, and other costs. This does not include the N250,000 non-refundable acceptance fee, which must be paid upon admittance.

6. Igbinedion University in Okada, Edo State, is Nigeria’s first private institution, renowned for its dedication to excellent education and academic performance. According to the school’s website, final-year medical students can pay up to N4m in tuition. This excludes other levies.

7. Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, a private Baptist Christian Nigerian university in Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria, also has high tuition prices. It is linked with the Nigeria Baptist Convention. According to its website, the most expensive programme, Medicine and Surgery (pre-clinical), costs roughly N3.8 million. Other fees totaling N84,000 per session include BBSF (N4,000), Entrepreneurship and Soft Skills (N20,000), Internet Access and Portal Management (N40,000), and Health Care (N20,000).

All new and returning students must pay N20,000 and N10,000, respectively, to the Bowen University Parents Association Forum during the first semester and submit a receipt for clearance. Also, 70% of the school costs are expected to be paid at the start of the session, with the remaining 30% due at the start of the second semester.

8. The American University of Nigeria, Adamawa State, which was founded by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Yola, the capital of his home state of Adamawa in North-East Nigeria, charges the highest undergraduate engineering fee of N3.511 million. This excludes accommodation (N432,000 for a three-bedroom flat) and feeding (N813,960 for 21 meals).

9. Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Edo State, is a private Christian university. Previously known as Christian Faith University, it was renamed in commemoration of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, a charismatic Pentecostal priest from Benin City, Nigeria, and is supposed to represent his evangelical views. According to its website, the Medicine and Surgery curriculum costs between N3.3 million and N3.5 million per session. This is closely followed by its Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, and Law programs, each of which costs N1.8 million, N1.5 million, and N1.2 million per session.

10. Babcock University, a private Christian co-educational Nigerian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria, is situated in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, equidistant from Ibadan in Oyo State and Lagos. The most expensive program, the LL.B in Law, costs N1,539,990, according to the school’s website. Feeding costs N523,600 for two meals and 785,400 for three meals.

11. Redeemer’s University, located in Ede, Osun State, is regarded as a top private university in Nigeria that is both affordable and of high quality. According to their website, their cost structure is flexible, with three installments available. The most expensive programme is their undergraduate Law programme, which costs N1.447 million, followed by their Bachelor of Nursing programme, which costs N1.1 million per session.

12. Caleb University in Imota, Lagos, is a private institution and one of the most costly in the country. The highest charge, paid by law undergraduates, is N1.4 million, according to the fee tracker on its website. This excludes matriculation costs, ICT and worldwide certification, and the parents forum, which total N65,000.

13. Ajayi Crowther University, founded in 2005, is a private, faith-based university in Oyo State, Nigeria. The Law programme costs N1.7 million, while the Nursing programme costs N1.4 million.

14. The Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide founded Joseph Ayo Babalola University in Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria in 2004. It is a private university. The most expensive programmes are BSc Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Law, which cost between N1.3m and N1.5m per session.

15. Covenant University in Otta, Ogun State, is linked with the Living Faith Church Worldwide, a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of African Universities, and the National Universities Commission, and one of the most costly universities in the country. According to the university’s website, the majority of its programmes cost between N1.1 million and N3 million. This includes feeding but not accommodation.

Some notable institutions include Achievers University, Novena University, Adeleke University, Rhema University, Lagos State University, Obong University, and Oduduwa University.

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