List of Federal Universities In Nigeria and Their Courses

We bring to you the current list of federal universities in Nigeria and their courses.

Ever asked yourself “how many federal universities are in Nigeria?” Well, There are currently about 49 universities owned by the federal government.

Wanting to know the names of federal universities in Nigeria is only normal as the country records over 175 universities; of these, 79 are private, 49 are federal, and 54 are state universities.

Some of Nigeria’s oldest universities are the University of Ibadan, the University of Nigeria, the Obafemi Awolowo University, and the University of Lagos.

These four institutions were founded between the end of the 1940s and the beginning of the 1960s. Interestingly, these institutions are on the list of the top 10 best Universities in Nigeria!

Federal Universities in Nigeria

For a learning institution to join the list of federal universities in Nigeria, be it universities of technology, universities of agriculture, or universities of education, there must be a clear-cut funding strategy for the institutions.

In this post, we’ll share with you the full list of federal universities in Nigeria and their courses.

Full List of Federal Universities In Nigeria

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S/NList of Federal Universities In NigeriaCoursesYear
1Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, BauchiATBU Courses1988
2Ahmadu Bello University, ZariaABU Courses1962
3Bayero University, KanoBUK Courses1975
4Federal University Gashua, YobeFUGASHUA Courses2013
5Federal University of Petroleum Resources, EffurunFUPRE Courses2007
6Federal University of Technology, AkureFUTA Courses1981
7Federal University of Technology, MinnaFUTMINNA Courses1982
8Federal University of Technology, OwerriFUTO Courses1980
9Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa StateFUD Courses2011
10Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, KatsinaFUDMA Courses2011
11Federal University, Kashere, Gombe StateFUKASHERE Courses2011
12Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa StateFULAFIA Courses2011
13Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi StateFULOKOJA Courses2011
14Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi StateFUNAI Courses2011
15Federal University, Otuoke, BayelsaFUOTUOKE Courses2011
16Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti StateFUOYE Courses2011
17Federal University, Wukari, Taraba StateFUWUKARI Courses2011
18Federal University, Birnin KebbiFUBK Courses2013
19Federal University, Gusau ZamfaraFUGUS Courses2013
20Michael Okpara University of Agricultural UmudikeMOUAU Courses1992
21Modibbo Adama University of Technology, YolaMAUTECH Courses1981
22National Open University of Nigeria, LagosNOUN Courses2002
23Nigeria Police Academy WudilNPA Courses2013
24Nigerian Defence Academy KadunaNDA Courses1985
25Nnamdi Azikiwe University, AwkaUNIZIK Courses1992
26Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-IfeOAU Courses1962
27University of Abuja, GwagwaladaUNIABUJA Courses1988
28Federal University of Agriculture, AbeokutaFUNAAB Courses1988
29University of Agriculture, MakurdiFUAM Courses1988
30University of BeninUNIBEN Courses1970
31University of CalabarUNICAL Courses1975
32University of IbadanUI Courses1948
33University of IlorinUNILORIN Courses1975
34University of JosUNIJOS Courses1975
35University of LagosUNILAG Courses1962
36University of MaiduguriUNIMAID Courses1975
37University of Nigeria, NsukkaUNN Courses1960
38University of Port-HarcourtUNIPORT Courses1975
39University of UyoUNIUYO Courses1991
40Usumanu Danfodiyo UniversityUDUSOK Courses1975
41Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta StateNMU Courses2018
42Air Force Institute of Technology, KadunaAFIT Courses2018
43Nigerian Army University BiuNAUB Courses2018
44University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State 2020
45Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State 2020
46The Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State 2021
47The Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State 2021
48Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State 2021
49Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State 2021

Requirements for the Establishment of State Federal Unviersities In Nigeria

To become an approved entity on the list of federal universities in Nigeria, as stated by the NUC, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

(1). The academic structure and discipline diffusion of the school must be such that it can meet the needs of the community.

(2). Evidence must be presented to demonstrate that the institution would be provided with sufficient:

  • (a) Capital and recurrent funding; 
  • (b) Academic and support staffs; 

The proposed staffing guidelines shall meet with current guidelines of the following bodies: 

  • (a) The National Universities Commission
  • (b) The National Board for Technical Education;
  • (c) The National Commission for Colleges of Education, as the case may be.

(3). The Federal Government must be satisfied that, on approval being given, the sources of funding and necessary funds will be available.

(4). The Federal Government or its accredited agency shall ascertain and be satisfied itself that:

(a) The fixed and enabling assets, that is, funds, land, movable and immovable assets, are appropriate for establishing the institution in the light of such factors as:         

i. The type of institution envisaged

ii. Its philosophy and objectives,

iii. The cost of goods and services prevailing at the time;

(b) The assets shall be assigned to the institution on approval being given for the institution to be established; and

(c) That the applicant has supplied a concrete and guaranteed source of financial support for the University to the tune of N200 million, N100 million for Polytechnic or Mono technic, and N50 million for a College of Education, over a period of 5 years.

With the aforementioned, did you think your school should be on the list of federal universities in Nigeria approved by the NUC?

(5) A proposed institution shall have clearly spelled out a master plan for infrastructural and program development for at least 20 to 25 years which shall make adequate provision for:-

(a) Plan space, aesthetic beauty, and fixed final assets; 

(b) Minimum land area of 100 hectares for a University, 50 hectares for a Polytechnic or Monotechnic, and 25 hectares for a College of Education, in a salutary site.

For any of the institutions on this list of federal universities in Nigeria to have been established, the site distance from an urban complex shall take into account the availability of municipal services, including water, transportation, private accommodation, communication, and other consequential inadequate in its Community.

Related: Full List of State Universities In Nigeria

(6). A proposed institution shall have an adequate environment base and shall be open to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic derivation, social status, religious or political persuasion.

Accordingly, its laws and status shall not conflict with the conventional responsibilities in academia or interfere with avowed traditional institutional autonomy.

(7). To pre-empt problems of inadequate municipal facilities, the proposed institution shall have a clear policy on student and staff accommodation and catering services.

(8). The proposed institution shall have a well-articulated mission and set of objectives that may be original and innovative but unequivocally in consonance with the socio-economic and political aspirations of Nigeria.

(9) To create and sustain credibility and confidence from the start, the administrative structure of the proposed institution shall not depart too radically from established norms. This is a guideline to be able to join the list of federal universities in Nigeria

(10). The library, laboratory, and workshop facilities including instructional tools and consumables shall be adequate and there shall be long-range plans for sustaining them.

(11). The planning and feasibility report of the proposed institution includes proposed contracts and affiliation with existing similar institutions and plans for cooperation and interaction.

(12). The criteria set out in this Schedule shall also apply to a proposed institution which is an Open University except that:- 

(a)The minimum land area requirement shall not apply, and

(b) Guidelines prescribed by the appropriate authority as regard technical infrastructure for functional and effective operation shall be satisfied.

List of Federal Universities In Nigeria (Summary)

Thanks for checking this quick list of approved universities owned by the federal government. Which of the universities are you a student of, or graduated from?

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