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Private Universities in Nigeria [Fees, Courses, Location, More]

List of Approved Private Universities in Nigeria. Approved by National Universities Commission (NUC). This list has been Updated.

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Days are gone when Private Universities weren’t noticed. Now, not only are they popular, some of them are now better than government universities.

This page will show you the list of private universities in Nigeria. It will also answer most questions you have when it comes to private universities.

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List Of Private Universities in Nigeria [At A Glance]

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S/NUniversitiesLocationCoursesSchool FeesYear Est.
1Babcock UniversityOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees1999
2Igbinedion UniversityEdo StateView CoursesView School Fees1999
3Madonna UniversityRivers, Anambra, and Enugu StateView CoursesView School Fees1999
4Bowen UniversityOsun StateView CoursesView School Fees2001
5Benson Idahosa UniversityEdo StateView CoursesView School Fees2002
6Covenant UniversityOgun StateView CoursesNA2002
7Pan-Atlantic UniversityLagos StateView CoursesView School Fees2002
8American University of NigeriaAdamawa StateView CoursesView School Fees2003
9Ajayi Crowther UniversityOyo StateView CoursesView School Fees2005
10Al-Hikmah UniversityKwara StateView CoursesNA2005
11Al-Qalam UniversityKatsina StateView CoursesNA2005
12Bells University of TechnologyOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees2005
13Bingham UniversityNasarawa StateView CoursesView School Fees2005
14Caritas UniversityEnugu StateView CoursesNA2005
15Crawford UniversityOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees2005
16Crescent UniversityOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees2005
17Kwararafa UniversityTaraba StateView CoursesNA2005
18Lead City UniversityOyo StateNAView School Fees2005
19Novena UniversityDelta StateView CoursesNA2005
20Redeemer’s UniversityOsun StateView CoursesView School Fees2005
21Renaissance UniversityEnugu StateView CoursesNA2005
22University of MkarBenue StateView CoursesNA2005
23Joseph Ayo Babalola UniversityOsun StateView CoursesNA2006
24Achievers UniversityOndo StateView CoursesView School Fees2007
25African University of Science & TechnologyAbujaNANA2007
26Caleb UniversityLagos StateView CoursesView School Fees2007
27Fountain UnveristyOsun StateView CoursesNA2007
28Obong UniversityAkwa Ibom StateView CoursesNA2007
29Salem UniversityKogi StateView CoursesNA2007
30Tansian UniversityAnambra StateView CoursesView School Fees2007
31Veritas UniversityAbujaView CoursesView School Fees2007
32Wesley UniversityOndo StateView CoursesNA2007
33Western Delta UniversityDelta StateView CoursesNA2007
34Afe Babalola University, Ado-EkitiEkiti StateView CoursesNA2009
35Godfrey Okoye UniversityEnugu StateView CoursesView School Fees2009
36Nile University of NigeriaAbujaView CoursesView School Fees2009
37Oduduwa UniversityOsun StateView CoursesView School Fees2009
38Paul UniversityAnambra StateView CoursesView School Fees2009
39Rhema UniversityAbia StateView CoursesNA2009
40Wellspring UniversityEdo StateView CoursesView School Fees2009
41Adeleke UniversityOsun StateView CoursesView School Fees2011
42Baze UniversityAbujaView CoursesView School Fees2011
43Landmark UniversityKwara StateView CoursesNA2011
44Samuel Adegboyega UniversityEdo StateView CoursesView School Fees2011
45Elizade UniversityOndo StateView CoursesView School Fees2012
46Evangel UniversityEbonyi StateView CoursesView School Fees2012
47Gregory UniversityAbia StateView CoursesNA2012
48Mcpherson UniversityOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees2012
49Southwestern UniversityOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees2012
50Augustine UniversityLagos StateView CoursesNA2015
51Chrisland UniversityOgun StateView CoursesNA2015
52Christopher UniversityOgun StateView CoursesNA2015
53Edwin Clark UniversityDelta SateView CoursesView School Fees2015
54Hallmark UniversityOgun StateView CoursesNA2015
55Hezekiah UniversityImo StateView CoursesNA2015
56Kings UniversityOsun StateView CoursesView School Fees2015
57Micheal & Cecilia Ibru UniversityDelta StateView CoursesNA2015
58Mountain Top UniversityOgun StateView CoursesView School Fees2015
59Ritman UniversityAkwa IbomView CoursesNA2015
60Summit UniversityKwara StateView CoursesNA2015
61Anchor UniversityLagos StateView CoursesView School Fees2016
62Arthur Javis UniversityCross River StateView CoursesView School Fees2016
63Clifford UniversityAbia StateView CoursesNA2016
64Coal City UniversityEnugu StateView CoursesView School Fees2016
65Crown Hill UniversityKwara StateView CoursesView School Fees2016
66Dominican UniversityOyo StateNANA2016
67Kola Daisi UniversityOyo StateView CoursesView School Fees2016
68Legacy UniversityAnambra StateView CoursesNA2016
69Admiralty University of NigeriaDelta StateView CoursesNA2017
70Atiba UniversityOyo StateView CoursesView School Fees2017
71Eko University of Medical and Health SciencesLagos StateView CoursesView School Fees2017
72PAMO University of Medical SciencesRivers StateView CoursesView School Fees2017
73Precious Cornerstone UniversityOyoView CoursesNA2017
74Spiritan UniversityAbia StateView CoursesView School Fees2017
75Skyline UniversityKano StateView CoursesView School Fees2018
76Dominion UniversityOyo StateView CoursesView School Fees2019
77Greenfield UniversityKaduna StateView CoursesView School Fees2019
78Trinity UniversityOgun and Lagos StateView CoursesNA2019
79Westland UniversityOsun StateView CoursesNA2019
80Ahman Pategi UniversityKwara StateNANA2021
81Al-Istiqama UniversityKano StateView CoursesView School Fees2021
82Anan UniversityPlateau StateNANA2021
83Ave Maria UniversityNasarawa StateNANA2021
84Capital City UniversityKano StateNAView School Fees2021
85Claretian University of NigeriaImo StateView CoursesView School Fees2021
86Edusoko UniversityNiger StateNANA2021
87Havilla UniversityCross River StateNANA2021
88James Hope UniversityLagos StateNANA2021
89Karl-Kumm UniversityPlateau StateNANA2021
90Khadija UniversityJigawa StateNAView School Fees2021
91Maranathan UniversityLagos StateNAView School Fees2021
92Maryam Abacha American University of NigeriaKano StateNANA2021
93Mewar International UniversityNasarawa StateNANA2021
94Mudiame UniversityEdo StateNANA2021
95NOK UniversityKaduna StateNANA2021
96Philomath UniversityAbujaNANA2021
97Thomas Adewumi UniversityKwara StateNANA2021
98Topfaith UniversityAkwa IbomNAView School Fees2021
99University of OffaKwara StateNANA2021
100Al-Ansar UniversityBorno StateNANA2022
101Baba Ahmed UniversityKano StateNANA2022
102European University of NigeriaAbujaNANA2022
103Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu UniversityKano StateNANA2022
104Margaret Lawrence UniversityDelta StateNANA2022
105Newgate UniversityNiger StateNANA2022
106Nigerian British UniversityAbia StateView CoursesView School Fees2022
107NorthWest UniversitySokotoNANA2022
108PEN Resource UniversityGombe StateNANA2022
109Peter UniversityAnambra StateNANA2022
110Saisa University of Medical Sciences and TechnologySokoto StateNANA2022
111Sports UniversityDelta StateNANA2022

Private Universities in Nigeria [Detailed]

NOTE: This list is arranged aphabetically based on the year they were established.

Babcock University

babcock university

Babcock University is the First private university in Nigeria, established in 1999. It’s owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. The university is located at Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.

The University site says they actually began on September 17, 1959, as Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA).

The University prepares people for useful and joy-filled lives, fostering friendship with God, whole-person development, Bible-based values, and selfless service in accordance with the Seventh-day Adventist mission to the world.


Igbinedion University Okada

Igbinedion university

Igbinedion University is the Second private university in Nigeria, established on 10th May 1999. It was founded and owned by Gabriel Igbinedion, a Philanthropist and Chief in Benin City. The university is located at Mission Road Okada, Edo State.

The University is working hard to be the center of academic excellence through teaching, research, and knowledge production in response to contextualized national and global needs.


Madonna University

Madonna University

Established in 1999, Madonna University is the first catholic university and third private university in Nigeria. It was founded by Emmanuel Edeh, a Reverend Father of the Catholic Church.

The university’s first campus was located at Okija, Anambra State. Today, the University operates three campuses: Elele – Rivers State, Okija – Anambra State, and Akpugo – Enugu State.

According to the University’s official website, they provide top-notch education and professional programs delivered by world-class faculty using cutting-edge learning tools and techniques.


Bowen University, Iwo

bowen university

In 2001, two years after the first three private universities were established, NUC granted an operational license to Bowen University, making it the fourth private university in Nigeria.

Founded and owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention, the University is located in Iwo, Osun State.

Since its inception, the University has graduated over 10,000 alumni with a wide variety of interests, ages, and backgrounds, the University reflects the city’s dynamic mix of populations.

Bowen University believes they offer the kind of education needed for leadership in a rapidly changing world.


Benson Idahosa University

Benson Idahosa University

Benson Idahosa University, even though got its granted license to operate in 2002, its history dated back to 1992 when the founder, Benson Idahosa, sent its first letter to the National Universities Commission, NUC, requesting to operate as a private university in the country.

Back in the day, the university was called Christian Faith University Institute of Continuous Learning, named after Benson Idahosa’s church, Church of God Mission International.

Today, the University is located in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.


Covenant University

covenant university

Established in 2002, Covenant University, located in Ogun State, is one of the top Universities in Nigeria, and Africa at large.

The University is owned by David Oyedepo who is the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Chappel.

The University’s core values include spirituality, possibility mentality, capacity building, integrity, responsibility, diligence, and sacrifice.


Pan-Atlantic University

pan-Atlantic university

Licensed as a private University in 2002, Pan-Atlantic University’s history actually dates back to 1991, when it was known as Lagos Business School.

Located in Lagos State, the varsity is one of the best private universities in Nigeria.

According to the University, they are the best choice because they have a well-earned reputation, locally and internationally, as an institution that provides world-class education. Adding that their curriculum is developed in close collaboration with industry leaders as well as professional bodies.


American University of Nigeria

American university of Nigeria

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) was founded in 2003 by Atiku Abubakar when he was the Vice President of Nigeria under the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo.

Unsurprisingly, the University is located in Yola, Adamawa State, the birthplace of its founder.

According to the University, they are the best choice for Nigerians because they run an American-style university education which focuses on critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership development.


Ajayi Crowther University

Ajayi Crowther University

Founded in 2005, Ajayi Crowther University is the first Anglican University in Nigeria, located in Oyo State.

The University’s vision, founded on the protestant ethics of hard work, justice, truth, and honor, is to be a top-class institution in the pursuit of knowledge and scholarship through teaching, learning, research, and exemplary service to humanity.

Just like other Christian schools, their core values include Excellence, Spirituality, Moral rectitude, diligence, and Entrepreneurship.


Al-Hikmah University

Al-Hikmah University

In 2005, Alhaji AbdulRaheem Oladimeji founded Al-Hikmah University, making it the second Islamic University in Nigeria.

Located in Kwara State, the University boasts of not just giving students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career, but helping them succeed in their careers.

Starting with just 70 students and 3 colleges, the university has grown to seven (7) colleges with over 7,000 graduates.


Al-Qalam University

Al-Qalam University

Al-Qalam University also established in 2005, prides itself as the first Islamic University in Nigeria, owned by Muslim Community (Ummah).

Located in Katsina State, the University is named after the sixty-eighth chapter of the Qur’an. In English, the University’s name means The Pen.

The University says they are the only not-for-profit university in Nigeria and does not receive subventions or grants from any of Nigeria’s three tiers of Government.


Bells University of Technology

bells university of technology

On 1st July 2005, National Universities Commission (NUC) granted Bells University of Technology its operational license, making it the first Private University of Technology in Ogun State and the country at large.

According to the University’s website, the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, founded the University out of the desire to establish a unique university where the good foundation given to products of its Secondary School and other Secondary Schools could be built upon.

The University wants to be a world-renowned university that is committed to the development and transformation of society through environment-friendly technologies and other innovations.


Bingham University

Bingham University

Established in 2005, Bingham University prides itself as the first and only Christian Private University in Northern Nigeria.

The was founded by the Evangelical Church Winning All (ESWA) and is located in Nasarawa State.

In the University’s words, the main purpose (of establishing the University) was to meet the daring need for high-quality Secular Education which recognizes and integrates the moral and spiritual values on which the Christian faith is founded as well as focuses on entrepreneurial studies in order to promote self-reliance among graduates of the University.


Caritas University

caritas university

Caritas University is a Catholic Private University, granted an operational license in 2005, and located in Enugu State.

Founded by Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel Paul Mattew Edeh, the University strives to revive in her community the age-long tradition of Catholic Education and the exacting demand of our contemporary society for sound education enrooted in salubrious life-promoting morality.

According to the University’s website, its vision is to rescue some wandering and teaming youths from a further slide into academic and moral decay.

CHECK OUT: Caritas University Courses — AND — Caritas University Post UTME Form

Crawford University

Crawford University

Crawford University is a private Christian University in Igbesa, Ogun state, owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission, a church founded by Rev. (Mrs) Florence Louise Crawford in 1902.

While the University received its operational license in July 2005, it officially commenced academic activities in October 2005.

The University’s philosophy is to develop individuals to the point of self-actualization, thereby equipping them intellectually and morally to contribute meaningfully to the development of Nigeria and by proxy, the world at large.


Crescent University

Crescent University

Though received it’s operational license in 2005, they raise to become a private university in Nigeria started in 2003 when the  Islamic Mission for Africa (IMA) recommended its establishment.

The University is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, and has a mission to develop world-class human resources to meet global development challenges; the university offers courses in Business, Banking, Accounting, Economics and Actuarial Sciences, Mass Communication, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Political Science as well as Information and Communication Technology.


Kwararafa University

Kwararafa University

Located in Wukari, Taraba State, Wukari Jubilee University now Kwararafa University, was given operation in 2005 by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The University prides itself as the first community-promoted University in Nigeria, the first University in Taraba State, and the second private University in the North East Geopolitical zone of Nigeria.

While the University is still nowhere near the top Universities in Nigeria, they hope to become a first-class institution in pursuit of knowledge and scholarship through teaching, research, and community service, geared toward inculcating knowledge and entrepreneurial skills in students that will enable them to be productive and self-reliant.


Lead City University

Lead City University

Founded in 2005, the University is one of the top schools in Ibadan, Oyo State, owned by Professor Jide Owoeye.

Their journey dated back to 2002, when their first application to become a private university was submitted to NUC.

Today, the University is one of the most affordable private Universities in Nigeria, with school fees starting from N250,000.

Just like every other renowned school, the university is on the mission to contribute to the development of tertiary education in Nigeria by providing qualitative access to knowledge and training, with innovative and challenging teaching techniques that guarantee a balanced education.


Novena University

Novena University
Novena University’s College of Law building

Novena University, founded in 2005, prides itself as the first private university in Delta State.

Per the University’s website, they were established to meet the yearnings and aspirations of our youths and women who are unable to get opportunities for education since the spaces available in existing institutions cannot accommodate a good percentage of those who apply each year in Nigeria for admission.

The university believes its programs are like an onion as they provide education that encourages critical and intuitive thought, adding layers of understanding to one’s view of the world and developing the skills needed to participate in the occupational environment as well as interpersonal relationships.


Redeemer’s University

redeemer's university

Owned by Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Redeemer’s University is a Private University in Ede Osun State.

The Varsity is one of the fourteen (14) Private Universities established in 2005.

Even though paper has it that it was founded by Redeemed Church, the University is actually headed by the Church’s General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, a Ph.D. holder in applied mathematics.

The University we know today was actually born in 1997 when the proprietors management of RCCG bought 812 hectares (2,010 acres) of land for the purpose of establishing the school.

The University’s vision is to “Be the foremost academic institution setting standards through a continuous commitment to excellence geared towards making a transformative impact on society.”


Renaissance University

Renaissance University

Established in 2005, Renaissance University (RNU), as its website put it, is an institution established with excellence as its focus.

The university’s main campus is located in Ugbawka, Nkanu East, Enugu State, the southeastern part of Nigeria.

The University’s mission is to produce well-trained and motivated graduates that are poised to accelerate national development with sound knowledge and application of innovations in science and Technology.

CHECK OUT: Renaissance University Post UTME Form — AND — Renaissance University Courses

University of Mkar

University of Mkar Mkar

The University of Mkar, Mkar (UMM) formerly called Hilltop University, is a private university founded by the Church of Christ in Sudan among the Tiv (NKST) in 2005.

Located in Gboko, Benue State, the University is on the mission of developing change agents in the academy, church, and society, using our knowledge based on God’s word for service.

According to the University, they are unique because their campus reflects a uniquely beautiful, conducive, and serene learning environment that is absolutely cult free but prioritizes the spiritual, physical, moral, and mental development of students.


Joseph Ayo Babalola University

joseph ayo babalola university (JABU)

Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) is another Christian University in Nigeria, the only private University granted an operational license in 2006.

The University was, however, officially founded in 2004, under the leadership of Pastor (Dr.) E. Olusheye, former President of Christ Apostolic Church.

JABU is named after the church’s spiritual leader, Joseph Ayo Babalola (1904–1959), and is located in Ikeji-Arakeji, a town in the Oriade local government area of Osun State.

The University is on the mission of providing excellent teaching, research, and service that will encourage learning and stimulate academic exchange at both national and international fora with undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional programs of the finest quality.


Achievers University

Achievers University

Located in Owo, Ondo State, Achievers University is one of the ten (10) Private Universities granted an operational license in 2007.

Founded by Nigerian Politician, Philanthropist, and Writer, Bode Ayorinde, the university officially commenced academic activities in 2008.

To provide the enabling environment – both physical and academic – for the production of competent and quality graduates who would be self-reliant, highly productive and globally relevant in every sphere of human endeavor,” is the University’s mission.


African University of Science & Technology

African University of Science & Technology

Founded by the Nelson Mandela Institute (NMI) in 2007, the African University of Science & Technology (AUST) is a private university located in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

The Univesity prides itself as a pan-African, co-educational, and research university, with a mission to advance knowledge through applied research and offering structured instruction with a focus on science, engineering, technology, and even applications to policy.

AUST believes it should be the chosen one because they represent a new way of doing things in Africa’s higher education sector, adding that they also have strong industry links, and corporate governance structure, and focuses on producing men and women with entrepreneurial flair and compassion.

The University brags that they attract support from all over the world, including from middle-income countries like India and South Africa.

Caleb University

caleb university

Established in 2007, Caleb University prides itself as one of Africa’s Best Private Universities in Research and Entrepreneurship Development.

Because of its low school fees, the university ranked as top 10 most sought-after private universities in Nigeria.

The University was founded by Prince Oladega Adebogun, began academic activities in 2008, and is located in Ikorodu Lagos State.

Caleb University isn’t just to help you get a degree — it’s to train up leaders who use their God-given gifts and abilities to transform the world for good.” were the words on the University’s website.

Their selling points, according to the school, include a serene campus, an uninterrupted academic calendar; affordable fees; emphasis on learning and character, among others.

They want to be the center of excellence through the provision of opportunities for respectable, highly qualitative, and relevant university education that will engender the production of future leaders imbued with ability and integrity capable of impacting positively on their environments while also being globally competitive.


Fountain University

Fountain University school gate

Though established in 2007, Fountain University’s history dates back to 2000, when its founder, Nasrul-lahi-li Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), in a strategic retreat, disclosed its education policy and plan.

As a Muslim-faith institution, they are committed to the total development of men and women in an enabling environment, through appropriate teaching, research, and service to humanity, influenced by Islamic ethics and culture.

They have a vision of producing competent and resourceful graduates with high moral standards irrespective of race, tribe, religion, or political inclinations.

The University is located at Oke Osun, Oshogbo, Osun State Nigeria.


Obong University

Meet Obong University, the first private University in Akwa Ibom State, established in 2007.

The church is one of the educational institutions of Churches of Christ, and is funded by Rivergate Church of Christ in the United States of America.

The University’s existence in Akwa Ibom was through the help and hard work of Dr. Moses Akpanudo.

They believe that they empower their students to improve their competence and independence in ways that prepare them to be of benefit to society and God’s kingdom.

CHECK OUT: Obong University Courses

Salem University

Salem University

Salem University is another Christian-Faith private University in Nigeria, located in Lokoja, the capital city of Kogi State.

The University was founded by the President of Salem International Christian Center, Archbishop Sam Amaga.

Established in 2007, the University says they are a pre-eminent institution, with state-of-the-art facilities and a scientific research lab with seasoned teadding, adding that research at the institution is highly collaborative allowing graduate students to develop as interdisciplinary scientists.


Tansian University

Tansian University, named after the first African to be beatified, Blessed Cyprian Tansi, was established in 2007.

FYI: Beatification, as Wikipedia put it, is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a deceased person’s entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in their name.

The University says they weren’t established to make a name and acquire material wealth, but rather to fulfill an innate desire to develop youths and empower them for the challenges of a changing world.

Founded by Prof. John Bosco Akam, the University says they are determined to actualize its vision of being a dynamic institution with the noble philosophy of inculcating sound, high-quality education, without compromising any moral issue.

Located in Anambra State, the University believe that its graduates are equipped with the ability for critical and local analysis, effective language communication, and numeric and information communication technology (ICT) skills.


Veritas University

Veritas University school gate

Veritas University is another Christian Private University in Nigeria founded by the Catholic Church in Nigeria, and located in Abuja.

Though got its operational license in 2007 and started academic activities in 2008, the University’s journey actually began in 2002 during a Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria meeting.

As a Catholic University, the University seeks to be a dynamic community of staff and students with Christian orientation and inspiration, who are motivated by the ideals of hard.


Wesley University

Wesley University school gate

Wesley University of Science and Technology as was formerly called is the second private university in Ondo State.

While founded by Methodist Church Nigeria in 2007, Wesley University’s history dates back to 1843 when the Methodists at the time established the first “Nursery of the Infant Church” in Badagry.

The University’s selling points as its website lists it is skilled professors, fully equipped Labs, the best infrastructures, and an enormous library.


Western Delta University

Western Delta University school gate

Located in Oghara and established in 2007, Western Delta University (WDU) is the second private university in Delta State, after Novena University.

WDU was founded by a group of Urhobo Scholars under the auspices of the Urhobo Advancement Foundation, after seeing the need to create to establish a private-owned university in Delta.

A stable calendar, state-of-the-art (modern) facilities, global engagement, and productive research are the things that make them stand out, according to the university.


Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti

Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) established in 2009, is located in Ekiti State and was founded by lawyer and philanthropist, Afe Babalola.

The University’s College of Engineering building, reported to be one of the largest in Africa, was named after the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.

While the University believes they are the best choice because of the integrity of its founder, they also have the vision to lead education reform in Nigeria by providing a world-class educational center of excellence in academics, character, sports, and vocational development.


Godfrey Okoye University

Godfrey Okoye University school gate

Godfrey Okoye University located in Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu State, is one of the top private universities in Southestern part of Nigeria.

Founded in 2009 by the Catholic Diocese of Enugu under the leadership of Professor Dr. Christian Anieke, the school is also one of the most affordable private universities in Nigeria.

The University is on the mission to produce graduates who would be outstanding in learning, balanced in character and personality, and ready to pursue epistemic unity in all its ramification.


Nile University of Nigeria

Nile University of Nigeria

The Nile University of Nigeria is one of the private Universities in FCT Abuja, founded by Sabdat Jimoh in 2009.

Established in 2009, the University started with just 90 students, today they have over 6,000 students.

The University, though tagged as one of the most expensive private universities in Nigeria, is also one of the best in Nigeria.

In 2020 the university joined the Honoris United Universities, the first and largest pan-African private higher education network.


Oduduwa University

Oduduwa University Senate Building
Oduduwa University Senate Building

Located in Ipetumodu, a city in Osun State, Oduduwa University is a college that prides itself as an innovative, forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching and research.

The University was founded in 2009 and named after Oduduwa, who, according to history, briefly ruled in Ife and holds the title of the Olofin of Ile-Ife, the Yoruba holy city.

Founded by Chief Ramon Adedoyin, the University brags about having affiliations with other colleges & universities’ both local and international.


Paul University

Paul University School Gate
Paul University School Gate

Paul University is another Christian (Anglican) Private University, located in Akwa, the capital of Anambra State.

Established in 2009 and founded by the Anglican Dioceses of the East of Niger, the University prides itself as one of the most affordable private Universities in Nigeria.

According to the University, they train students for greater minds to emerge in all works of life and make sure all school community members are connected and engaged.

They have a mission to offer access to university education to talented youth and involve them in the discovery, generation, dissemination, and application of high-quality knowledge.


Rhema University

Rhema University School Gate
Rhema University School Gate

Rhema University is the first private university in Aba, Abia State, established in 2009 and founded by Living Word Ministries International.

The University’s history however dates back to 1987, when the then President of the Living World Ministries, Emmanuel Okorie, concerned by the falling standard of education in Nigeria, decided to address these problems with the setting up of nursery, primary and secondary schools in some states of Nigeria and Lome, Togo.

In 2015, a year after graduating its first set of students, the University signed an Equity Investment Agreement with Beni American University (BAU) Research and Development and joined its Network of Institutions.

CHECK OUT: Rhema University Courses — AND — Rhema University Post UTME Form

Wellspring University

Located in the busy Benin City, Edo State, Wellspring University is the third private University in the state, founded in 2009, exactly 10 years after the first private school in the state was founded.

Founded by Management Science Centre, a Professional Training and Educational Consulting Firm, the Univer prides itself as a closely-knit and collaborative community, where faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences engage with one another.

Per the University’s website, its unique selling points are a world-class full-equipped library, students’ empowerment, and spiritual life.

They also boast of providing teaching and research geared towards practical application of Knowledge and appropriate understanding of society and the technical realities necessary for solving problems in different spheres of life.


Adeleke University

Adeleke university

Established in 2011 by Davido’s Father, Adedeji Adeleke, the University is one of the affordable private universities in Nigeria.

The University, located in Ede, a popular town in Osun State, is a faith-based institution, founded on the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education.

According to the University, they offer unique features like scholarship opportunities, flexibility in payment of fees, acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, high-quality teaching, research, and innovative learning.

They boast as a home where parents and teachers combine efforts to bequest to students the pursuit of utmost truth, the transmission of knowledge, and dedication to service to God and humanity in general.


Baze University

baze university

Established in 2011, Baze University is a private institution located in FCT, Abuja.

Due to its proximity to the capital of the Nation, the school has produced a lot of politicians.

The University is also founded by a Nigerian Politician, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, a one-time Member of the House of Representatives (2003 – 2007), Senator (2011 – 2012), and the 2021 vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party.

Per the University’s website, they stand out from the crowd because they deliver quality by having experienced international staff, superb teaching equipment, overseas external examiners, and first-rate buildings to guarantee standards.

They have a mission to maintain a more suitable academic environment, synergize world-class human capital, and the best technology for creating and imparting knowledge to develop and modernize Nigerian society.


Landmark University

landmark university

In 2011, exactly nine (9) years after establishing Covenant University, David Oyedepo, founded Landmark University, making him the first Nigerian Pastor to own two private Universities.

Barely one decade later, the University has also become one top private universities in Nigeria, a feat most old Universities only dream of.

Located in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, the University wants to raise a generation of solution providers through a qualitative and life-applicable training system that focuses on value and creative knowledge.


Samuel Adegboyega University

Samuel Adegboyega University school gate

Located in at Ogwa town in Edo State, the Samuel Adegboyega University (SAU) first came into existence in 2005 but received NUC’s accreditation in 2011.

The school was named Pastor Samuel Gbadebo Adegboyega who is the first superintendent of University’s founder, The Apostolic Church Nigeria.

The institution, as their website puts it, was established to raise knowledge driven and godly generation that will redefine the future of the world.


Elizade University

Elizade University school gate

Founded by Nigerian Business Man, Chief Micheal Ade Ojo in 2012, Elizade University is the second private University in Ondo State, located at Ilara-Mokin town.

With Integrity, Honesty, Diligence, Excellence, and Pragmatism, as core values, the University seeks to be a globally competitive institution that produces entrepreneurial, innovative and ethical graduates.

The University siad their core attractions include fast internet service within the school premises, scholarships to deserving students, modern equipped classrooms to make lectures fun, and entrepreneur environment that stimulates innovations among students and staff.


Evangel University

evangel university

Evangel University is another Christian Private University in Nigeria, owned by the Assemblies of God Christian church. It is the first private University in Ebonyi State.

The University received its operational license in February 2012 and commenced academic activities in November that same year. Four years later, in 2016, they graduated their first set of students.

The school is on a mission to offer education for the total liberation of the total man, for total service unto God, man, the individual, and the society at large, through scientific inquiry, academic integrity, tolerance of diverse views and opinions, coupled with faith in the word of God.

They offer programs in the College of Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, and Health Sciences, among others.


Gregory University

gregory university
Gregory University College of Engineering

Founded in 2012, Gregory University is the second private University in Abia State and among the top private universities in Nigeria.

As the University’s website puts it, the school, founded by Professor Gregory Ibe, is a place where nothing is spared to bequeath the lasting legacy of qualitative and quantitative education to its students.

Listing out why they are unique from other universities, they wrote:

  • No Strikes,
  • No Cultism,
  • Zero tolerance for immorality and
    examination malpractices
  • Technologically driven with the copious deployment of ICT Facilities
  • Results are released three weeks after the examination
  • A friendly and very conducive learning environment
  • Classroom Lectures are delivered using E-Learning Technologies

CHECK OUT: Gregory University Courses and Requirements

Mcpherson University

mcpherson university

Located in Abeokuta Ogun State, McPherson University is another Christian-faith Private University in Nigeria.

The Varsity is owned by the Foursquare Gospel Church and received its operational license from NUC in 2015.

According to the University’s website, they offer students the chance to engage with academics at the forefront of cutting-edge research and to contribute to solving some global challenges.

Its mission is to provide qualitative, functional, and sound education with Godly virtues that will prepare men and women for leadership and a positive impact on Society.


Southwestern University

Southwestern University is another private university in Ogun State, the Southwestern part of Nigeria.

Founded by Babatunde Odufuwa, the University was officially recognized by the National Universities Commission of Nigeria (NUC) in 2012.


Augustine University

Augustine University

Augustine University is another Catholic-Owned Private University in Nigeria, located in Ilara town of Epe local government area, Lagos State.

Though granted an operational license in 2015, the University’s history dates back to 2012 when the then Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie nursed the idea of establishing a University.

With “Pro Scientia Et Moribus”  meaning  “For Learning and Character” as its motto, the university has grown to be one of the renowned tertiary institutions in Nigeria where students can obtain both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.


Chrisland University

chrisland university gate

Established in 2015, Chrisland University is the eighth private University in Ogun State.

This is the first private University officially owned by a woman, High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Awosika.

The University which started with just 7 students in 2015 now has thousands of students.

According to the University, because they believe that the lack of imagination is the source of all adversity, they seriously take the empowerment of their students to tap into the awesome creative potentials that rest within the imagination.

The first Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Prof. Mrs. Chinedum Peace Babalola, is the first female Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Ibadan (UI).

The University is on the mission to create a learning environment that nurtures a sound moral and intellectual culture that attracts an excellent blend of faculty from across the world and deploys resources to educate the total person.

CHECK OUT: Chrisland University Courses — AND— Chrisland University News

Edwin Clark University

Edwin Clark University

Established in 2015 and located in Delta State, Edwin Clark University is the 60th private University University in Nigeria.

The Varsity is owned by Edwin Clark, a Nigerian nationalist, Ijaw leader, and politician.

According to Prof Olagbemiro, the University’s maiden Vice-Chancellor and former Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Edwin Clark University is poised to offer an academically rigorous education in a creative community where learning and values meet, fostering in students the qualities of mind and heart that are creative, and prepares them to reach their full potential.

The University prides itself as one of the lowest fee-paying universities in Nigeria, which can be paid in installments after a deposit of 50% of the fees.


Hallmark University

Hallmark University

Established in 2015, Hallmark University is a Private University situated in Ijebi Itele, a town in Ogun State.

The University which commenced academic activities on 1st March 2016, according to the school’s website, is fully equipped to provide holistic education, intellectual skills, advocacy, and social responsibility.

The University is owned by Chief (Mrs.) Leila Fowler, a Nurse, Lawyer, and Educationist. She is the second woman to own a private University in Nigeria.

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Hezekiah University

Hezekiah University

Meet Hezekiah University, the first Private University in Imo State, established in May 2015.

The University is owned by Professor Daddy Hezekiah, the Founder, and Leader of Living Christ Mission Inc.

The University’s mission is to bring qualitative and functional higher education closer to the people and to play a leading role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the communities.

While its mission is to build a citadel of academic excellence that provides a high internationally-acceptable standard of education that promotes the perfection of the human person, in an environment supportive of teaching, research, and community service for the good of self and society.


Kings University

Kings University

Kings University, located in Ode Omu town of Osun State, is a private university granted an operational license in 2015.

The University was founded by Kingsway International Christian Church, under the leadership of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo.

According to the school, their students have access to various international resources and academic materials to equip their learning, adding that their students enroll in their entrepreneurial courses, business training, and practical skills acquisition.

The University’s core values include:

  • Openness, Honesty, and Integrity
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Courage and Humility


Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University

Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) is another private Nigerian University located in Agbarha Otor, a town in Ughelli North of Delta State.

In January 2019, the University got fully (100%) accredited for all its courses by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Answering the “why choose us” question, the university boasted to have the following:

  • Broad-based education of International standards
  • Access to unlimited Internet
  • A green, secure and serene environment
  • Modern library and laboratory facilities
  • Well-equipped E-Library
  • Highly qualified and committed staff
  • Modern Curriculum
  • Well-structured academic programmes
  • Excellent sporting facilities

Mountain Top University

mountain top university

Situated at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Makogi Oba, Ogun State, the school is another Christian-owned University, founded by Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries in 2015.

Mountain Top University’s mission is to provide excellent facilities for the training of men and women in various academic, professional and vocational disciplines in an atmosphere that will enhance the simultaneous development of their spiritual, mental, and physical faculties, in order to produce morally upright and academically sound graduates.


Ritman University

Licensed in 2015, Ritman University is the second private University in Akwa Ibom and 58th Private University in Nigeria. The school is situated at Ikot Ekpene, a popular town in the state.

Owned by a Nigerian Politician, Emmanuel Ibok Essien, the University’s vision is to be a first-rate, virile center of academic excellence for educating scholars and leaders capable of solving societal problems.

Their core values include Faith in God, Moral and ethical responsibility, Excellence in service, Commitment to success, Critical thinking, Physical and mental health, and Ownership mentality.

CHECK OUT: Ritman University Courses

Summit University

Summit University school gate

Summit University is the third private University in Kwara State, situated in Offa, a city in the state.

The University was founded in 2015 by the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, a Muslim organization established for the purpose of educational development of Muslims and Muslim society in Nigeria.

While some schools like Chrisland University started with just 7 students, Summit University kicked off its academic activities with 500 students.

Their vision has been to provide for the advancement of learning and the acquisition of sound education enriched with good morals.


Christopher University

Christopher University school gate

Christopher University is the twelfth private University in Ogun state, recognized by the National Universities Commission in 2015.

Founded by Translucent Management Services, the University’s mission is to create a specialized institution committed to the pursuit of academic innovation, skill-based training, and a tradition of excellence in teaching and research with private sector participation.


Kola Daisi University

Kola Daisi University school gate

Founded in 2016 by Chief Kola Daisi, Kola Daisi University (KDU) is a private University in Oyo State.

The University says they want to solve the problem of Access, Quality, and Cost that has plagued the Nigeria Educational Sector by making education accessible to a large proportion of the Nigerian youths.

Just like most other private Universities, their vision is to be a world-class institution for excellence in the production of graduates able to respond to the socio-economic needs of a knowledge-driven economy.


Anchor University

Anchor University is a Private University founded by Deeper Christian Church and located at Ayobo a suburb in Alimosho’s local government area of Lagos State.

The process of establishing the University started in September 2012 but was delayed following the death of the then-leader of NUC in the 2012 Dana Air Crash. A few years later, in 2016, the University was finally given the approval to operate as a tertiary institution in Nigeria.

Since then the University has been fulfilling its mandate —  raising young men and women who are academically sound and spiritually vibrant for national and global transformation.


Dominican University

Dominican University

Dominican University is a Catholic private University in Ibadan, Oyo State. The school is founded by the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans, the first of its kind in Africa.

The University today, during the 19th century, was referred to as Dominican Institute. In 1993, the school became affiliated with the University of Ibadan (UI) to award Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

In 2016, the Dominican University got approval from NUC to operate as a private University, ten years after its first application in 2006.

The University says its vision is to provide high-quality education in the humanities, management, science, and technology.

Legacy University

Legacy University Okija

Approved in 2016, Legacy University is the second private university in Okija town and the fourth private in Anambra State, founded by Dr. Leonard Nkameme.

Its vision is to provide excellent academic and non-academic facilities in an appropriate environment capable of producing world-class graduates attuned to self and national development.

While its mission is to be a first-rate university with qualitative academic programs holding out to all the promises of liberal education, knowledge, skills, character, freedom, and truth.

CHECK OUT: Legacy University Courses

Arthur Javis University

Arthur Javis University

Arthur Javis University is one of the eight private universities approved in 2016 by the National Universities Commission (NUC), located in Cross River State, founded by Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong.

The University says they are equipped with adequate infrastructural facilities like exquisite hostel accommodation and staff quarters, conducive full multimedia lecture rooms, well-equipped laboratories, sports and recreation facilities, cafeteria, medical center, multipurpose hall, standard library, sufficient campus security, well-furnished offices, state-of-the-art ICT facility, and other basic amenities.

They have a mission of equipping students with life and entrepreneurial skills as well as academic knowledge for active participation in global social-economic development.


Crown Hill University

Crown Hill University

Crown Hill University, a Private University in Kwara State, aims at promoting knowledge-driven solutions through teaching, learning, research, and character development driven by integrated information and communication technology facilities, linkages, and partnerships with industries that will position the institution as the University for Enterprise Solutions.

The University, established in 2016 and owned by Engineer Morgan Akpan, has Service, Probity, Enterprise, Accountability, and Knowledge (SPEAK) as its core values.

They want to be a knowledge-driven institution using the instrumentality of teaching, learning, research, and character development for nation-building.


Coal City University

coal city university

As the name suggests, Coal City University (CCU) is a private University in Enugu State, a city naturally blessed with Coal.

The University, owned by Stan Ani, was established in 2016.

The University, according to its website, has a well-earned reputation, locally and internationally, as an institution that provides world-class education.

Their vision is to be a Citadel Of Learning Poised To Engender A Mastery Of Critical Thinking Skills Which Will Manifest In The Ability To Apply The Concepts And Knowledge Acquired To Real Life Situations.


Clifford University

Clifford University

The idea to establish Clifford University was conceived in 2008 during a Management Meeting of Adventist Secondary Technical College (ASTEC). Eight years later, in 2016, the University received its operational license.

Located in Owerrinta Abia State, the University is owned by Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria, the same owners of Babcock University, one of the oldest private Universities in Nigeria.

The University’s Philosophy is anchored on holistic, harmonious education through the integration of faith and learning for the redemption and restoration of humans.

They believe they will be one of the leading Institutions driving the frontiers of knowledge anchored on the values of excellence, service, and faith.


Admiralty University of Nigeria

Admiralty University

The Admiralty University of Nigeria is a Private University in Nigeria jointly owned by Nigerian Navy Holdings (a subsidiary organization of the Nigerian Navy) and Hellenic Education Nigeria.

The University is located in Ibusa Ugwashi-Uku Expressway, Delta State, and was founded in 2017.

According to the school, they are the best choice because they support a modern European and American-inspired curriculum with emphasis on skills acquisition, industry readiness, and a must-learn focus on information technology.


Spiritan University

Spiritan University

Spiritan University, established in 2017, is a private university established to provide research and tutorial services that will preserve and encourage the practice of the best values in its theoretical and practical programs.

The University is a Catholic-faith school, that was founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), and is located in Umunneochi LGA, Abia State.

Its vision is to be a university that provides opportunities for the inculcation of academic excellence and positive value reorientation through acquisition, conservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge for the production of globally competitive graduates.


Precious Cornerstone University

Precious Cornerstone University school gate

Established in 2017, Precious Cornerstone University (PCU) is a private University that, according to them, is devoted to developing skilled and ethical scholars, professionals, and leaders through the provision of excellent education in a conducive environment.

The University was founded by Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the owner of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, a popular Pentecostal church.

Located in Ibadan, Oyo State, PCU has a mission to prepare skilled and ethical scholars, professionals, and leaders through the provision of excellent education in a conducive environment.


PAMO University of Medical Sciences

PAMO University of Medical Sciences

PAMO University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) is a private university designed to inspire a passion for learning, creativity, innovative thinking, discipline, humaneness, and ethical conduct in the medical and health sciences.

The University was approved in 2017 and is located in one of the top cities in Nigeria, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

PUMS was founded by the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Otunuya Odili, who is also the owner of PAMO Clinics and Hospitals Group.

The University’s mission is to provide excellent medical training for the production of world-class medical and health science professionals characterized by the core values of knowledge, discipline, and humane service.


Atiba University

Atiba University

Established in December 2017, Atiba University is a private University situated in Oyo Township, Oyo State.

The University was founded by renowned philanthropist and an astute businessman, Dr. James Adesokan OJEBODE.

According to the Unieversity, they should be chosen over other private schools because they are being mentored by Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Also because they have world-class facilities, affordable school fees, and the Oyo Experience.

Their vision is to build, sustain and propagate a progressive culture of excellence in teaching, learning research, and innovation through a competitive interdisciplinary curriculum structure, program, and community participation.


Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences (EkoUNIMED)

Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences (EkoUNIMED)

Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences (EkoUNIMED) is a specialized medical private University in Nigeria, established in 2017.

The University was founded by a Medical Doctor, Hammed Ayodele Ibraheem, and is located at Ijanikin, Lagos State.

The University hopes to be a world-class institution for the medical and other health professions in terms of learning, research, character building, and service to humanity.


Skyline University

skyline University

Established in 2018, making it one of the relatively young private universities, in 2022, the University ranked among the top 10 best private Universities in Nigeria.

Located in Kano State (the first of its kind), the University is owned by an Indian entrepreneur, educationist, and visionary, Mr. Kamal Puri.

Though the University was actually granted an operational license in 2018, the idea of creating a Skyline University Nigeria, came into existence in 2018.

The main motivation of the University as the school’s website puts it is to achieve the same mark of academic and all-around excellence which has been achieved by Skyline University College (SUC) in the UAE by providing a total life-changing education at the tertiary level.

The university’s vision in Nigeria is to be an internationally recognized institution of excellence in higher education, by providing a technologically enabled platform for innovative research and education with a focus on creativity and entrepreneurship.


Greenfield University

Greenfield University school gate

Greenfield University’s history dates back to November 2013 when the promoters declared their intention to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to set up the university. 

Established in 2019, Greenfield University is a private University in Kaduna State, founded by Chief Simon Nwakacha.

The name “Green-field”, according to the school, was chosen to depict the university as a place that is conducive to the development and advancement of a wide range of knowledge, skills, and services which are desirable for human development.

According to Greenfield University, they are the best choice because they are passionate about their student’s future, offer good courses, have exciting learning environments, have great connections to industries, and offer great value for money, among others.


Dominion University

Dominion University

Dominion University is a private University situated in Ibadan, Oyo State. The University, owned by the presiding Bishop of Victory International Church, Bishop Taiwo Adelakun, was granted an operational license in 2019.

According to the University, they are anchored on excellent teaching, learning, and innovative research. It aims to provide intuitive inter-disciplinary development of generational leaders, relevant in all global spheres.

The University prides itself on its robust academic curriculum, eco-friendly environment well suited to learning, friendly and professional workforce, sound character, and values aimed toward building a culture of academic and social excellence.


Trinity University

Trinity University yaba school gate

Trinity University is a school with a vision to be a world-class institution that equips learners with academic excellence, practical competence, and impeccable character.

The University was founded in 2019 by the founder of Trinity International College, Trinity Education & Development Foundation (TEDF).

While the school’s main campus is located in Ogun State, they have a city campus in Yaba, Lagos State.

The University has a mission to equip its students with knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and values through quality teaching, learning, and research, thus creating effective change agents and value-adding members of society.


Westland University

Westland university school gate

Founded by Dr. Eng. Wole Adepoju, Westland University is another private University in Iwo, Osun State, with a mission to produce leaders who are excellent in research capabilities and technical know-how.

Though granted approval by National Universities Commission (NUC) to run as a fully-fledged University in 2019, the University’s history dates back to 1984, when it was just a Cedaespring Technical Institute.

The University believes they are better than other schools because they place a strong emphasis on promoting student-centered learning, increasing the appropriate use of new technologies, and imparting lifelong skills.


Topfaith University

Topfaith University Mkpatak

Founded in 2021, TopFaith University is another private University located at Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State.

According to the school, they are the right choice for lovers of quality education because they are a world-class university with appropriate 21st-century features and philosophy.

They are, according to the school, poised to equip the students with basic entrepreneurship and lifelong skills through the implementation of well-crafted course contents and soft skills concepts whose philosophy would adequately sensitize and equip the students to appreciate life before now, life on-going, and life to come.

The University offers undergraduate programs, in Computing and Applied Sciences, Law, Engineering, and Management and Social Sciences.


Thomas Adewumi University

Thomas Adewumi University (TAU)

Established in 2021, Thomas Adewumi University (TAU) is located in Oko Irese town in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Founded by Dr. Engr. Johnson Adewumi, the University is aimed to inspire and motivate staff and students of the University in their quest for knowledge and wisdom.

The institution aims to attain a world-class standard in the delivery of University education of the highest quality in Nigeria as well as to produce graduates that would contribute to the rapid socio-economic development of the country.

CHECK OUT: Thomas Adewumi University Post UTME Form

Maranathan University

maranatha university

Maranatha University is another Christian-faith University in Nigeria, situated at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State.

The University wants to build a world-class University based on faith, excellence, and integrity contributing to the growth and development of tertiary education in Nigeria and globally.

With Godliness, Faith, Academic Excellence, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Integrity, and Social Responsibility, as their core values, the University is on the mission to provide innovative academic programs, which shall train and empower individuals with skills and abilities by providing qualitative access to knowledge for service to mankind.

Founded in 2021, they currently offer various academic programs in Arts, management and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Environmental Sciences.


Ave Maria University

ave maria university

Ave Maria University, a catholic-faith University was established in 2021. Its main campus is located in Piyanko, Nasarawa State.

The University was founded by the Ave Maria Foundation, operator of the Ave Maria group of schools. The group’s promoter is Mrs. Eucharia Onah.

The institution offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized degrees in various areas of study — Arts, Humanities, Social and Management Science, and Basic Science.

CHECK OUT: Ave Maria University Piyanko Post-Utme Form.

Al-Istiqama University

Though established in 2021, Al-Istiqama Sumaila University is one of the most popular private universities in Kano State, perhaps because it is the first indigenous and second private University in the state.

The University offers undergraduate programs in Nursing, Medical Laboratory, Political Science, and Computer Science, among others.

The University was founded by Hon. Sulaiman Sumaila, a three-term member of the Nigeria House of Representatives.


Mudiame University

Mudiaeme University
Mudiaeme University Labouratory

Mudiame University is a private tertiary institution located in Irrua, a town in Edo State.

Founded by Professor Sunny Eboh, the University was approved to commence academic activities in 2021.

The University currently offers undergraduate programs in Social and Management Sciences, Basic Science and Computing, and College of Engineering.

Havilla University

havila university

Founded by Hon. Jones Tangban in 2021, Havilla University prides itself as the first university, either private or state-owned, in the entire central and northern senatorial districts of Cross River State.

Knowledge creation, Student-centered, Community-participation, Balancing Stability and Change, and Global Relevance” are the five-point agenda of the University.

CHECK OUT: Havilla University Post-UTME Form

Claretian University of Nigeria

Approved in 2021, Claretian University of Nigeria is one of the few private Universities in Nekede, Imo State.

The University was founded by Claretians formerly the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a Roman Catholic religious congregation of priests, brothers, and seminarians.

The name Claretian, as the University puts it, represents both the personal and spirit of work of a Spanish Catholic Clergy and educationist of the modern times.

The University believes they are different from other schools because they strive to educate the whole person, Body, Mind, and Spirit and to prepare our students for a more real-life experience.

CHECK OUT: Claretian University Post UTME Form

NOK University

Established in 2021, Nok University, Kachia, is the first indigenous private university in Kaduna State, founded by a medical Doctor, Dr. Anthony Hassan.

The University says its focus is to become a foremost science and technology-driven University, with a robust research culture and state-of-the-art facilities.

They currently offer undergraduate programs in Physiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiography, Nursing Science, Architecture, Microbiology, Industrial Chemistry, Cyber Security, and Computer Science, among others.

According to Fr. Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Matthew Hassan Kukah, Nok University will become a lighthouse of hope and a rallying point for the generation of ideas about the nation’s common history, cultures, and humanity.

Karl-Kumm University

Karl-Kumm University is another Private University founded by owned by the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), formerly Church of Christ in Nigeria, and situated at Vom, Plateau State.

Few months after its establishment in 2021, the University was shut down due to a misunderstanding with the host community over the appointment of a Registrar for the institution in line with an MOU signed with them.

A crisis that has crippled their activities to the extent that they don’t have one of the basic things a school should have – a website!

In July 2022, while commencing academic activities, the University promised to give the seat of Registrar to a qualified candidate from the host community.

James Hope University

James Hope University

Located in one of the busiest cities in Africa, Lagos State, James Hope University is a Private University established in 2021.

Owned by Jim Ovia, the founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, the school is a postgraduate-focus University situated committed to cutting-edge international standards of education.

According to the University’s site, they aspire to integrate global models of academic excellence to advance the knowledge economy, further innovations and breakthroughs and rapidly propel the economic and sociocultural lives of humanity.

Its mission is to educate and inspire men and women to excel in every aspect of life, and to exert lasting positive impacts on the world.

Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria

Maryam Abacha American university of Nigeria school gate

Established in 2021, Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria prides itself as the first officially approved bilingual University in Sub Sahara Africa.

  • Recognized by the Nigerian Government Federal Ministry of Education
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Services for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) United Kingdom.
  • A member of the American Council on Education (ACE).

The University’s dream is to make a difference in the life of others, and believe it can be achieved by providing people with a high-quality and sound education.

The University is located in Kano State and was founded by Professor Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo.


Capital City University

Capital City University, Kano State

Capital City University Kano State (CCUK) is a private university working hard to be Nigeria’s best and finest education university with the best facilities and fun activities.

Approved in 2021, the University has a mission to provide sound/innovative academic and extracurricular programs, which shall imbue men and women with knowledge and professional skills to identify and respond to the economic, social, scientific, and technological needs of society in a sustainable manner.

The University is currently run by GEN. Abdulrahman Dambazau, the former Chief of Army Staff, and the University’s PRO-CHANCELLOR & CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING COUNCIL.


Ahman Pategi University (APU)

Ahman Pategi University

Located in Kwara State, Ahman Pategi University is one of the 20 private universities approved by the Federal Executive Council of the Federal Government of Nigeria on February 3, 2021.

The University was established by Hon. Aliyu Bahago Ahman-Pategi was named after his father, a former Minister of Agriculture and Health, Ahman Pategi.

The school’s mission is to advance human development, especially agriculture, through world-class education and propel knowledge by brokering new trends and empowering connections.

University of Offa (UNIOFFA)

University of Offa (UNIOFFA)

Though granted operational approval in 2021, the University of Offa’s history dates back to 1996 when its founder, Dr. Rasaq Omoniyi OYEWALE, established his first educational institution, Omolabake Nursery and Primary School, Offa.

The University’s vision is to rank among the best universities in the world and to develop individuals that will be equipped to make a positive impact on themselves, the nation, and the global world through the provision of highly qualitative university education with excellence.

One of its mission is to provide teaching and research tailored toward the practical application of knowledge and appropriate understanding of social and technological realities, necessary for solving problems in different spheres of human life.

The University is situated at Irra Road, Offa, Kwara State.

Mewar International University

Mewar International University, Masaka

Founded in 2021, Mewar International University (MIU) is a private University in Nasarawa State, which prides itself as the Indian University in Africa and the only truly International University in Nigeria.

According to the University’s founder, Samer Khan, the school was launched with a vision of Education for Knowledge, Peace & Prosperity.

Why go abroad, when abroad is here” is the University’s punchline.

Why are they unique

According to the school, they offer the most conducive teaching and campus environment with fully air-conditioned classrooms and hostels. They also claim to have the best of the best teachers who groom and nurture their students.

The University says they also have a variety of on-campus residential facilities such as hostels, canteen, coffee shops & eateries, 24×7 pharmacies, grocery stores, gaming centers, gyms, high-speed internet, shopping complex, unisex salon, and many more.

Edusoko University Bida

Edusoko University Bida school gate

Edusoko University is a private university in Niger State, established in 2021.

The school preens itself as the first community-based private university located in Bida, Niger State. They also brag to be the only university with two options of admission: by physical presence or by online.

The University, founded by Yahaya Abubakar, has the vision to serve as a first-rate base for intellectual, professional, and cultural engagements in regenerating nationhood.

Philomath University, Kuje

Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja

Located in Kuje Abuja, Philomath University is a private University committed to life-changing education, teaching excellence, functional research, global trends, and entrepreneurship to deliver real-world impact.

The University was accredited in 2021 driven by a passion for education with excellence and with unbridled zeal to cause scientific, technological, and industrial revolution uniquely in the world and development in Africa, especially in Nigeria.

Philomath, as the school explained, is derived from two Greek words; “philos” and “math”. “Philos” means “love” and “math” means “learning”. The combined word “Philomath” means love for learning.

The school was founded by Collins A. Aimuan, a Senior Legal Practitioner & Consultant to Public and Private Enterprises within and outside Nigeria.

Khadija University

Khadija University

Khadija University is a private university in Jigawa State created to meet the educational needs of many indigenous students who aspire to higher education.

The University says they are the best choice because they have certified teachers, a big green sports ground, and ensure every student achieves academically, socially, and emotionally.

The school was founded in 2021 by Alhaji Musa Adamu Majia. They are currently accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).


Anan University, Kwall

Anan University, Kwall

Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) University, established in 2021, is a postgraduate institution of excellence in the provision of quality university education in the specialized field of Accountancy and allied subjects in Nigeria.

The University, located in Plateau State, provides a serene yet innovative environment designed to promote imagination, creativity, and integrated thinking in Accounting and allied fields.

Its mission is to be a premium brand of choice in Accounting education, research, and practice.

The university is owned by a professional body of accountants, the National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).

PEN Resource University

PEN Resource University, Gombe

PEN Resource University (PRU) is a private university that offers a highly relevant and top-quality education to aspiring and practicing professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs in the private and public sectors.

Established in 2022 and owned by Dr. Sani Jauro, the University now has the title of the First Private University in Gombe State.

The University prepares its students to launch their careers by providing a supportive, creative, and professional environment from which to learn practical skills and build a network of industry contacts.

Al-Ansar University

Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno

Approved in 2022, Al-Ansar University Maiduguri (AUM) is a private University in Nigeria, with a vision to be a world-class academic institution where faith, innovation, and service are nurtured for the advancement of human development.

According to the University’s founder, Dr. M.K Dikwa (pioneer Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning), the University is an innovative educational institution dedicated to the creation of competitively sound graduates. Adding that they only focus on shaping socially responsible and goal-oriented individuals into world-class professionals.

Al-Ansar University is the first private University in Borno State.

Margaret Lawrence University

Margaret Lawrence University, Umunede, Delta State

Located in Delta State, Margaret Lawrence University is a private University granted operational approval in 2022.

The University is on a mission to be a world-class institution committed to the pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and excellence.

Their aim is to meet the challenges of economic and human development in Nigeria and the greater world as a whole with a focus and commitment to teaching and research.

According to the University’s about the site, they are poised to combine core academic teachings with general studies and entrepreneurial skills causing graduates to be professionally competent, and worthy ambassadors in the Nigerian and global communities.

Margaret Lawrence University is owned by Mr. Paul Odili, the president and founder of Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation.

Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu University

Khalifa Isiyaku Rabiu University, Kano

Established in 2022, Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu University is a private University in Kano State, dedicated to providing our students with the best academic, social, and personal experience.

The University says they are committed to ensuring you have the opportunities you need to develop the skills required to leave a lasting impact on whatever profession you pursue.

The University’s vision is to be a world-class teaching and research university producing educated and independent-minded graduates.

Sports University, Idumuje

Sports University, Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta State

Owned by Prince Ned Nwoko, the school is the first Sports-only University in Nigeria. The University is located at Idumuje, Ugboko, Delta State.

The University’s remarkable uniqueness, as puts it, revolves around Nwoko’s mission statement, which anchors on providing education in sports services: science, medicine, management, engineering, physical education, humanities, and social science, as well as to develop top-level athletes through high-performance training.

The University was granted an operational license in 2022 by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Baba Ahmed University

Baba Ahmed University, Kano State

Baba-Ahmed University Kano, as the name shows, is owned by Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the owner of Baze University Abuja.

Founded in 2022, the University says its philosophy is anchored on a zeal for excellence, professionalism, and service.

The University is on the mission to enhance the sustainable well-being of society through the training of expert human capital imbued with knowledge and committed to valuable service.

Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology

Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto State

Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, founded in 2022, is a private University located in Sokoto State.

The school is the first North-West University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Nigeria.

Nigerian British University

Nigerian British University

Nigerian British University, established in 2022, is a private University located in Asa, Abia State.

The school is one of the 12 private Universities approved by FEC in April 2022.

Peter University

Established in 2022, Peter University is a private University located in Achina-Onneh, Ekwulobia, Anambra State.

The University, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Awka, shares the vision of the Catholic Church in providing the best learning for each child to reach her/his potential.

Newgate University Minna

Newgate University, Minna

Newgate University Minna (NUM), a private University in Niger State, according to the school, was established on the principles of equal opportunity, equity, and justice in an environment where modern technology is used to nurture skills in critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving to produce independent-minded, skillful and competent graduates.

The University, owned by Mallam Hassan Nuhu, has a mission to educate students from diverse backgrounds in an innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment through teaching, research, creative community outreach, and engagement for personal and national development.

Founded in 2022, the University is committed to providing an innovative and transformative learning experience for each person to become who they were designed to be in a safe and supportive environment.

European University of Nigeria

Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, Founder of European University of Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria on 6th April 2022, granted approval to Prince Nicholas Chukwujekwu Ukachukwu (Ikukuoma) request to establish a European University of Nigeria, a private University in Duboyi, Abuja.

The University’s vision is to be a foremost globally-recognized institution raising competent individuals capable of responding to the economic and technological needs of society and the environment.

While its mission is to provide sound entrepreneurial and technological knowledge and professional training aimed at addressing the social, economic, and technological needs and problems of society within the context of global needs and sustainable development.

NorthWest University

Northwest University Sokoto school gate

Northwest University is a private University located in Sokoto State. It was granted an operational license in 2022.

The University is owned by Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, the former Governor of Sokoto State and Senator Of The Federal Republic Representing Sokoto North Senatorial District.

This University shouldn’t be mistaken for Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano formerly called NorthWest University Kano.

Nigerian States with the Most Private Universities

Nigerian States with most Private Universities

The Nigerian State with the most Private universities is Ogun State, followed by Lagos and Osun State.

States In Nigeria that Doesn’t Have A Private University

  • Bauchi State
  • Bayelsa State
  • Kebbi State
  • Yobe State
  • Zamfara State

Organizations with Most Private Universities in Nigeria

Organizations with Most Private Universities

Did You Know?

  1. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmad owns two private universities — Baze University Abuja and Baba Ahmad University Kano.
  2. Skyline University, though founded in 2018, is among the top 10 private universities, according to a 2022 ranking. The University is owned by an Indian entrepreneur, Mr. Kamal Puri.
  3. The first woman to own a private University in Nigeria is High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Awosika. She founded Chrisland University in 2008.
  4. Madonna University is the first Catholic Private University in Nigeria, established in 1999. While Ajayi Crowther University, the first Anglican Private University in Nigeria was established in 2005.
  5. Al-Qalam University is the first Islamic University in Nigeria, established in 2005.
  6. David Oedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, owns two Private Universities in NigeriaCovenant University and Landmark University, making him the first Nigerian Pastor to own 2 Universities.
  7. Sports University, owned by Prince Ned Nwoko, is the first Sports-focused University in Nigeria. It was established in 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is the most cheapest private university in Nigeria?

Alhikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State

Who is the best private university in Nigeria?

Covenant University, Owo

Which private university is the best in Nigeria 2022?

According to Webometrics, Covenant University, a Private varsity in Ogun State, is the best University in Nigeria.

How many private universities are there in Nigeria?

As of 2022, there are One hundred and eleven (111) private universities

Do you need jamb for private universities?

YES, the JAMB UTME is compulsory for all undergraduate studies, except you want to enter through JUPEB.

Which is the first private university in Nigeria?

Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State is the first private university in Nigeria. It was established in 1999. However, that same year Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State, and Madonna University, Okija, Anambra state, were also established.

Which University pays the highest school fees in Nigeria?

Nile University, Abuja

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Please want to ask more about bells university top up program and also I want to know if jamb DE 21/22 is still out


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