Complete List of All 147 Private Universities in Nigeria

  1. Abbey’s University, Nsukka
  2. Achievers University, Owo
  3. Adeleke University, Ede
  4. Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
  5. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  6. Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State
  7. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  8. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  9. Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State
  10. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  11. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  12. Baze University, Abuja
  13. Bells University of Technology, Ota
  14. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  15. Caleb University, Lagos
  16. Caritas University, Enugu
  17. Chrisland University, Abeokuta
  18. Crescent University, Abeokuta
  19. Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin
  20. Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo
  21. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  22. Evangel University, Akaeze
  23. Faith Academy of Medical & Health Sciences, Umuahia
  24. Fountain University, Osogbo
  25. Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu
  26. Gregory University, Uturu
  27. Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele
  28. Houdegbe North American University, Cotonou
  29. Igbinedion University, Okada
  30. Irish University, Nigeria
  31. KolaDaisi University, Ibadan
  32. Kings University, Ode-Omu
  33. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  34. Lead City University, Ibadan
  35. Madonna University, Okija
  36. Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbarha-Otor
  37. Mountain Top University, Makogi
  38. National Open University of Nigeria
  39. Novena University, Ogume
  40. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu
  41. Pierce University, Uburu
  42. PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt
  43. Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
  44. Paul University, Awka
  45. Redeemer’s University, Ede
  46. Rhema University, Aba
  47. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene
  48. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
  49. Salem University, Lokoja
  50. Tansian University, Umunya

    While private universities charge higher fees than public schools, they provide an alternative for students seeking specialized programs or those unable to gain admission to public institutions. The full list gives an overview of the variety of universities now available for Nigerians to choose from
  51. Veritas University, Abuja
  52. First Technical University, Ibadan
  53. Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan
  54. Hezekiah University, Umudi
  55. Wellspring University, Enugu
  56. Crescent University, Abeokuta
  57. Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan
  58. Dominion University, Ibadan
  59. Fountain University, Osogbo
  60. Kings University, Ode-Omu
  61. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  62. Crawford University, Igbesa
  63. Salem University, Lokoja
  64. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  65. Gregory University, Uturu
  66. Africa Polytechnic
  67. Adeleke University, Ede
  68. Baze University, Abuja
  69. Kings University, Ode-Omu
  70. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  71. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
  72. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  73. Caleb University, Lagos
  74. Covenant University, Ota
  75. Bowen University, Iwo
  76. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  77. Lead City University, Ibadan
  78. Madonna University, Okija
  79. NOUN(The National Open University of Nigeria)
  80. Redeemer’s University, Ede
  81. Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
  82. Igbinedion University, Okada
  83. Fountain University, Osogbo
  84. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  85. Bells University of Technology, Ota
  86. Tunde Idiagbon University, Ilorin
  87. Chrisland University, Abeokuta
  88. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  89. Mountain Top University, Makogi
  90. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo
  91. Aveiro University, Nigeria
  92. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
  93. Crescent University, Abeokuta
  94. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  95. Bayero University – Kano
  96. Atiba University, Oyo
  97. Wellspring University, Enugu
  98. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  99. Achievers University, Owo
  100. Private universities are mushrooming across the country as more entrepreneurial Nigerians pursue the lucrative private university business. They are helping tackle the shortage of university spaces as the number of applicants far outweigh available placements annually in public universities.

    Dominion University, Ibadan

  101. Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele
  102. KolaDaisi University, Ibadan
  103. Lighthouse Queen University, Ikwuano
  104. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo
  105. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu
  106. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene
  107. Summit University, Offa
  108. Veritas University, Abuja
  109. Paul University, Awka
  110. Caritas University, Enugu
  111. Wesley University, Ondo
  112. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
  113. Rhema University, Aba
  114. Evangel University, Akaeze
  115. Devine Touch University
  116. Edwin Clark University
  117. Houdegbe North American University, Cotonou
  118. Irish University, Nigeria
  119. Michael and Cecilia Ibru University
  120. Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan
  121. Kings University
  122. Benson Idahosa University
  123. Al-Qalam University
  124. Caleb University
  125. African University of Science and Technology
  126. Wellspring University
  127. Aveiro University
  128. Dominion University
  129. KolaDaisi University
  130. Ritman University
  131. Hallmark University
  132. Oduduwa University
  133. Veritas University
  134. Rhema University
  135. Mcpherson University
  136. Evangel University
  137. Paul University
  138. Caritas University
  139. Wesley University
  140. Samuel Adegboyega University
  141. Michael and Cecilia Ibru University
  142. Irish University
  143. Ahman Pategi University
  144. African University of Science and Technology
  145. African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education
  146. Edo University, Iyamho
  147. Arcoplus University

and so on…

I have listed all 147 private universities approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to operate in the country. Some notable ones include Covenant University, Babcock University, Igbinedion University, Bells University, Redeemer’s University and Afe Babalola University.


In conclusion, the Nigerian private university sector has experienced tremendous growth over the past decades. It will be interesting to see how many more new private universities get approved in the coming years as globalization and private investment continue to transform the country’s education landscape.

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