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What are The Top Private Universities in Nigeria?

There are a good number of private universities in Nigeria.
These institutions acquire their fund largely by tuition fees, which are usually higher than those of public universities. Accordingly, private universities typically have stronger staff-to-student ratios and higher resource salaries, which may be one of the reasons why they rate higher than public universities in the region.
Private institutions are typically smaller than public or federal universities. The overall enrolment in private colleges is only 1,400 relative to the federal universities that enroll tens of thousands of students.

Many of the most prestigious and highly ranked universities in Nigeria are private universities.

We’ve pulled together the top 10 private universities in Nigeria.  These private universities in Nigeria listed here have been numerically numbered in no particular order.


1.  Covenant University   (Ota, Ogun State)

Best private university in Nigeria - Covenant university

The Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) owns the Covenant University. The University acquired its license on 12th February 2002 and officially opened on the 21st of October 2002.

Covenant University gains its values for its strict Christian values, academic excellence, creativity, and a lively learning atmosphere. It has a student population of around 15,000 and a workforce population of 1,000.

According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Covenant University is the first Nigerian university to rank among the top 500 universities in the world.

Covenant University fee Structure – 950,000 – over 1 million Naira per year



2.  Redeemer’s University (Lagos-Ibadan Expressway)

Redeemers's Uni best private school in Nigeria

The University of the Redeemer, also known as (ru) has a temporary position at the Redemption Camp, 46 km. While the permanent location of the school is in Ede, Osun County.

One feature that makes the academic institution stand out is its new position and its well-regarded teachers are still teaching at the university.

Here is the success of some of the Scholars of the Redeemer University

Professor Oyewale Tomori (who is former Vice-Chancellor, former Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Sub-Saharan Africa and Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Sciences)

Funsho Akere (all members of the elite Nigerian Academy of Letters)

Professors Ahmed Parker Yerima (former Director-General of the Nigerian National Theater, the National Troupe and the Abuja Carnival and 2006 recipient of the NLNG Literature Prize)

Professors Ahmed Parker Yerima (is the immediate past Director-General of the Nigeria National Theatre, National Troupe, and the Abuja Carnival and 2006 winner of the NLNG Prize for Literature)

Bunmi Oyeyemi Julius-Adeoye (December 27, 1973 – May 16, 2010) one of Nigeria’s popular female playwrights of the twenty-first century who started the Theatre Arts Department of the university and acted as its pioneer head of department (2005, 2007).


Redeemer’s University is one of the most respected academic institutions in Nigeria, and just as you thought, it’s owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and it is the 5th best private university in Nigeria.

Redeemer’s University fee Structure – 700,000– 1,350,000 million Naira per year



3.  American University of Nigeria   (Yola, Adamawa State)

American Private University in Nigeria

The American University of Nigeria was established in 2005 by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar. The University was established in a bid to create a Nigerian Version of the American University, Washington DC. It’s curriculum, teaching methods, and even accreditation standards are all in the American Style.

In 2015, AUN was in the World Guinness Book of Records for the biggest number of people crocheting simultaneously. This act was sponsored and planned by the university’s student body to increase awareness about the use of non-degradable garbage.

American University fee Structure – 1,850,000 – 2,660,000 million Naira per year




4.  Afe Babalola University    (Ado-Ekiti)

Afe Babalola University - top 20 nigerian universities

One thing about these private colleges is that they are really good at smashing positive records! This includes the Afe Babalola University!

The Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) is the first and only university in Nigeria to fully begin its academic activities on its permanent site, with all facilities in place within eight ( 8) months.

The University has an Entrepreneurship and Language Centers that all students are required to pass through during their period of study, which will help them build up to speak good Polish languages.

The Entrepreneurship Center at Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) develops high-quality entrepreneurial skills in students, which will enable them to become job creators rather than job-seekers in Nigeria.

The language center, which is one of their centers of attraction, is uniquely designed to train students in at least one local and one foreign language other than English. This is in response to the increasing diversity and globalization of the workplace. This means that students from Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) can work in another country that does not speak English.

Afe Babalola University continues to cherish the founder’s ideology that instills discipline, business, dedication, service, honesty, sound education, and quality leadership in its students.

Afe Babalola University fee Structure – 825,000 – 1.4 million Naira per year



5.  Pan-Atlantic University   (Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos)

Lagos Business School (LBS) is the graduate business school of Pan-Atlantic University. In 2002, the name of the university was changed from Lagos Business School to Pan-African University. In May 2013 the name of the university was once again changed from Pan-African University to Pan-Atlantic University.

The university was built on the inspiration of the teachings of St Josemaria Escrivá, Opus Dei, a Spanish Roman Catholic priest who founded Opus Dei, an association of laypeople and priests committed to teaching that all are called to holiness by God and that ordinary life should lead to holiness.

LBS offers academic degrees, executive programs, and short management programs and is one of the world’s leading business colleges, rendering it as one of Nigeria’s top private universities.

Pan-Atlantic University  fee Structure – over 3 million Naira per year




6.  Babcock University   (Ilishan-Remo Ogun state)

Babcok University

Babcock University is another university on this list that affiliates to the church. ‘The Seventh-day Adventist Church owns the church and the university archives notoriety thanks to its unorthodox management practices.

Although many Nigerian universities still have conservative views about school administration, Babcock University has steadily adopted policies that raise the quality of the institution and its students.

This university updates the infrastructure periodically to enhance the development of its students.

Babcock University also has a number of teaching faculties, including health and medical sciences, fundamental and applied sciences, computer science and engineering, education and humanities, nursing, public and applied health, as well as law and security studies.

Babcock University fee Structure – 900,000 – 1.3 million Naira per year (213,000-100,000 hostel per year)



7.  Skyline University Nigeria  (Kano State)

Top private universities in Nigeria

Kamal Puri, one of the UAE’s most successful businessmen established Skyline University College, Sharjah UAE in 1990. Skyline University Nigeria was established in 2018 to provide young Nigerians with quality, world-class learning.


The National Universities Commission, Nigeria officially recognizes and accredits Skyline University.  Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) is a coeducational higher education institution. The university offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study.

*Skyline University – over 2.5 million Naira per year





Igbinedion university - leading private universities in nigeria

Igbinedion University was established in 1999 and is based in the state of Edo, Nigeria.

This is Nigeria’s largest private university. That says, it’s the first private university in the world, and it happens to be one of the best in the country.

Igbinedion University became the first private university to produce medical doctors in sub-Saharan Africa and, in 2006, to produce a first-class private university at Nigeria Law School. The research institution has a student capacity of 5,000.

According to its roots, Igbinedion University is the first private university to have physicians in sub-Saharan Africa. As reported, it is Nigeria’s sixth-best private university.


The university offers accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Law , Medicine, Natural and Applied Sciences, Business and Management Studies, Pharmacy, Engineering and Arts and Social Sciences.

Igbinedion University – 715,000 – 3 million Naira per year



9.  Bowen University   (Iwo, Osun State)

Bowen Private university in Nigeria

The Bowen University (bu), situated in Iwo, Osun State, and Bowen University, is the first private university church in Nigeria. Bowen University is one of Nigeria’s most prestigious private colleges, and it is also Nigeria’s Federal Private University.


The Bowen academic institution also boasts some of the most qualified lecturers in the country, mainly due to its proximity to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and Ibadan University (UI).

THE Bowen University boasts of the following:

  • School of medicine,
  • Faculty of law,
  • and a postgraduate school in addition to its already catalog of undergraduate courses.

Bowen University – 480,000 – 1.6 million Naira per year



10.  Joseph Ayo Babalola University (Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State)

Joseph Ayo Babalola University - best private universities in nigeria

Joseph Ayo Babalola University, better known as JABU for short, is a private university in Osun State. It is run by the Apostolic Church of Christ (CAC). The university got its name after the first spiritual leader of the Apostolic Church of Christ, Joseph Ayo Babalola.


The university has different colleges, including Law, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Management Sciences. Students at this school are to follow a modest lifestyle, which has its focus on biblical values. JABU has also been a pioneer in entrepreneurship education in Nigeria. Following the popularity of JABU ‘s Entrepreneurship Scheme, the National Universities Commission subsequently made it obligatory for general studies including entrepreneurship in different degree programs in Nigeria.

Joseph Ayo Babalola University – 500,000 – 800,000 Naira per year

There you have it! The top 10 private universities in Nigeria.

Just like Nigeria, there are great private universities in Benin Republic. Find out more about the Top 10 Private Universities in Benin Republic, the courses they offer, their tuition and admission requirements.











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