Nigeria is filled with millions of graduating secondary school students waiting to take their next step in academics. It is not out of place to say Nigeria has one of the best universities in West Africa and Africa as a whole. With continual efforts by Nigerians especially young Nigerians who are academically sound to improve their everyday life, education in Nigeria in Tertiary intuitions has the highest Nigerians studying to acquire degrees that will help them advance their careers. Nigeria is home to 43 Federal Universities, 48 State Universities, and 79 Private Universities, all across her 36 states. In this content, I will guide you to the best of these universities with low tuition fees. The history of Universities in Nigeria can be traced back to 1943, the Elliot Commission which led to the establishment of the University of Ibadan in 1948. Then came about the first five generation universities established between 1948 and 1965, which were all fully funded by the Federal government. Also sprang up were the second and third-generation universities that were to meet the needs of scientific, technological, and agricultural development in the country.
TOP UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA
Many high ranking universities in Nigeria offer excellent education in the country, top universities here in this content will detail each tuition fee;
1.University of Ibadan
Commonly known as UI, the University of Ibadan is one of the top universities in Nigeria. It was also the first university established in Nigeria in 1948. The university has 17 faculties and 92 departments offering both arts, science, and technology-related. It is the first Nigerian University to rank top 1000 in the world. Its tuition fees range from 34,300 to 36,800 depending on your degree program.
2. University of Lagos
Known as Unilag, is also among the first five generation universities in Nigeria, it was founded in 1962. The university has 12 faculties reaching to both arts, science, and technology. Its tuition fee ranges from 55,000 to 66,000, different school fees prices for science and non-science related degrees. The university has three campuses in mainland Lagos, it also has a campus site in Yaba.
3. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Abbreviated as UNN, it is a federal University founded by the Late Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955. It has 15 Faculties and 102 departments. The university tuition ranges from 70,000 to 77,200 depending on the course of study. The University has three campuses in Enugu State– Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla and the Aba, Abia State. It is also the first university in Nigeria that was fully established by Nigerian regional government.
4. Obafemi Awolowo University
It is a federal government-owned University in ile-ife, Osun State of Nigeria. Founded in 1961, it is commonly known as OAU. Its tuition fees range from 43,700 t0 64,900. The university has 13 faculties. Previously its campus was in Ibadan till it moved to ile-ife in 1967. The university has a quite numerous notable alumni amongst other universities in Nigeria.
5. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
ABU, Zaria as it is often called is a federal government university in Kaduna State. The university has 13 faculties and was established in 1962. Its tuition fee ranges from 25,500 to 45,000 and is one of the cheapest. Formerly called university of Northern Nigeria, it has its main campus in Samaru and another at Kongo.
6. Federal University of Technology, Akure
Formed in 1981, FUT Akure, or FUTA as it is commonly called is based in Ondo State. The University has 9 schools School of Science, School of Earth and Mineral Sciences, School of Environmental Technology, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, School of Agricultural and Agricultural Technology, School of Management Technology, School of Postgraduate Studies, School of Health and Health Technology, School of Computing. Its tuition fee ranges from 49,600 to 52,000.
7. Federal University of Technology, Minna
FUTMINNA was founded in 1983, it currently has 10 schools. The university is located in Niger State. Its tuition fee is ranging from 50,200 to 61,200. It has it main campus at minna- Kataeregi, Bida road. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Association of African Universities.
8. Bayero University, Kano
It is the first university in Kano state, initially called Ahmadu Bello College was founded in 1960 till 1975 when it was officially renamed and turned into a University. Its tuition fees range from 36,500 to 42,000. The universities cut-off mark stands at 180, the university also has dress code and you can visit their official page to read more on instructions.
9. University of Calabar
The University of Calabar is a public university in the Cross River State of Nigeria. Established in 1975, it is one of the second generation universities formed in Nigeria. The university has 20 faculties. Its tuition fees range from 30,500 to 42,500.
10. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
FUTO as it is called is located in Imo state, established in 1980.It is the oldest university of technology in Nigeria, upon moving to its current permanent site, it is boarded by several autonomous communities. The university has 10 schools, its tuition ranges from 55,300 to 61,340. Prospective students are expected to check the universities website to avoid incurring late charge payments. The university recently appointed her first female vice chancellor. Due to demand for academic excellence by the university, this has propelled the university to its current status.
11. Lagos State University
Also known as LASU, it was formed in 1983. The University currently has 9 faculties and quite some notable alumni to its name. The university tuition fee is 57,048.50 and rising to 150,000 with acceptance fees and other payments to be made. Lagos State University is one of the best State University with the cheapest school fees in Nigeria. It has it campus at ape.
12. University of Benin
It is a federal government-owned university located in Benin City, Edo State. It was founded in 1970 and has three schools under the college of medical sciences. Its tuition fees range from 69,900 to 73,400 for non-science and science degree programs. The university chancellor is Sanusi Lamido Sanusi former CBN governor and current emir of Kano. Its campuses are at Ugbowo and Ekehuan.
13. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
The only Nigerian University is known to have changed its name four times, EkSU as it is called was formed on 30th March 1982. The university has 10 faculties within its campuses hosting different departments. It is also the only university has pays the same tuition for all its programs both indigenous and non-indigenous students. Its tuition ranges within 170, 000 and 171,000 acceptance included.
14. Ogun State University
The Olabisi Onabanjo University was formed in 1972, as holds its current name was renamed from Ogun state university. But many students and its alumni still call it by its old name Ogun state university OSU as it is abbreviated. The university has 10 faculties and 52 departments. Its tuition is ranging from 75,000 to 150,000.
15. University of Uyo
Commonly called UNIUYO, it is located in Uyo Akwa Ibom State, the second largest oil producing state. Formed in 1991 and was commonly called the University of Cross River state. It is a federal government university. It has 13 faculties and its tuition fees range from 55,000 to 61,000. The university has 4 campuses.
16. Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Known as UNIZIK or NAU, is a federal government university located in Anambra State. It was established in 1991, it is named after the first Nigerian president Nnamdi Azikiwe. Its school fee ranges from 30,000 to 60,000. Nnamdi Azikiwe is currently the cheapest federal university in Nigeria. The university has two campuses in Anambra with its main campus in Awka and the other at Nnewi.
17. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
LAUTECH is located in OYO state, established in 1990. The university has 11 faculties. Its tuition fee is 170,000. The university chancellor is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a renowned politician and former governor of Lagos state. It bears its current name after the separation of Osun and Oyo State. The university main campus is located in Ogbomoso and another campus at Osogbo. The university also is in agreement with some universities aboard such asDALARNA UNIVERSITY , SWEDEN ,INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY , MALAYSIA, ORACLE ACADEMY, LINUX ACADEMY, AFRICAN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY, CHINA OPEN RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION (CORE) among others.
18. Adekunle Ajasin University
It is a state-owned university located in Ondo state. Established in December 1999, formerly Obefemi Awolo University in 1982. The university has 7 faculties. its tuition fee is 150,000.
19. Covenant University
Covenant University is a private university in Ogun State, it is affiliated with a living faith church. Established in 2002 and it runs four colleges. Its tuition fee ranges from 472,000 to 900,000. Though the institutions’ fees are quite exorbitant, it is one of the best universities in Nigeria. The current chancellor is Dr. David O. Oyedepo the current leader of the Living Faith Church. The University has strict guidelines pertaining students conduct within its premises and maintains stringent approaches to academics which has made it to come this far. Students are advised to go to the Universities website and follow the universities laid out instruction to avoid suspension of admission or expulsion by existing students.
20 . Landmark University
Landmark University is a private university in Kwara state, it is affiliated with the living faith church. It was established in 2011, it has 3 colleges. Its school fees range from 400,000 to 600,000. The Universities chancellor is Dr. David O. Oyedepo the general oversee of the Living Faith Church. The university offers scholarships for international students, so prospective students should check out their nationality eligibility for the scholarship on the universities website. The school also maintains strict laws pertaining students conduct, dressing within the premises, prospective students should ensure to visit the universities page to read laid out instructions.
Each of the above universities has been selected according to rankings by Webometrics and The world university ranking official pages. The quality of education offered as well their respective tuition fees. Selecting a university of your choice requires also good JAMB results and Nigerian Universities allow persons from the age range between 16 and 17 for admission.