List Of Private Universities In Nigeria

List Of Private Universities In Nigeria for 2022

List Of Private Universities In Nigeria – Nigeria, the giant of Africa, is one of the African countries which places high value on education. There are so many institutions in Nigeria ranging from the basic level to the tertiary level.

Although there are lots of government-owned institutions in Nigeria, there are still some universities that are owned by an individual, a company amongst others.

Education is one major business that blooms and is highly profitable in Nigeria hence it is of no surprise that new schools/institutions; primary, secondary, polytechnic, universities, e.t.c grow every day and it would not be wrong to say some of these institutions are created for profit’s sake.

Another major reason why business owners decide to dive into having a private tertiary institution is because of the strike that public institutions embark on.

The body governing the issues of staff workers of public tertiary education in Nigeria, the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) would always try to protect the interest of workers especially when they are not being paid by the government or other tangible reasons.

It is no news that whenever this body wants to register their displeasure to the Federal Government, they embark on strike, and this strike could sometimes last as long as 6 months hence causing a delay and a disturbance in the academic progress of students.

Unlike federal and state institutions, private universities do not go through all this and as such, have a faster level of studying than their federal and state counterparts although it is quite expensive.

Of course, privately owned investments or businesses tend to be more expensive than their federal and state counterparts and tertiary institutions are no exception.

At times, the tuition fee for a year in a  private tertiary could conveniently sponsor three students throughout their stay in the university, from their first year to the last.

Although some private institutions are quite affordable, it is still way more expensive than the federal and state-owned institutions.

However, if you can afford it, it is quite better as you can estimate the exact period you would spend in school.

In this article, we would talk about a few of the numerous private universities present in Nigeria.

List Of Private Universities In Nigeria

1. Achievers University, Owo.

Located in Ondo State, Owo precisely, Achievers University is a private university that came into existence in 2007. Although not as big as other universities, the University has not failed in delivering quality education like other institutions.

Achievers University has officially been accredited by the National Universities Commission(NUC). Currently, the university has five colleges viz: College of Social Sciences(COSMAS), College of Law(COL), College of Engineering(COET), College of Natural and Applied Sciences(CONAS), and College of Basic Health Sciences(COBHS).

Achievers University is owned by Hon. Bode Ayorinde.

Motto: Knowledge, Integrity, and leadership.

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2. Bowen University, Iwo

Bowen University is located in Iwo, Osun state. The University came into existence on the 17th of July 2001. Bowen University is owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Amongst its contemporaries, Bowen University launched its radio station in the year 2018.

The Faculties the school has includes the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences as well as the Faculty of Science education.

Motto: Excellence and Godliness.

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3. Covenant University Otta

Speak Covenant, speak Academic Excellence. Covenant University Otta, Ogun State is a private university owned by the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide AKA Winners Chapel; Bishop David Oyedepo.

Covenant University is one of the best, if not the best private universities in Nigeria. The University came into existence in the year 2002 and has since then, displayed a high level of dedication to the academic growth of its students.

Motto: Raising A New Generation of Leaders.

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4. Elizade University, Ilara Mokin

Elizade University is another private school in Ondo State, Ilara Mokin to be precise and it came into existence in the year 2013.

This privately funded university was founded by Mr. Micheal Ade Ojo. Currently, the institution has five faculties viz: Faculty of Engineering, faculty of social and management sciences, faculty of basic and applied science, faculty of law, and faculty of humanities.

Motto: Pragmatic Innovation For Development.

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5. Fountain University, Oshogbo

Fountain University is an Islamic-owned private university that came into existence in the year 2007. It Is owned by the Nasrul-lahi- Li Fatih, an Islamic society.

Fountain University is located in Oke Osun, Oshogbo, the capital of Osun State.

Motto: Faith, Knowledge Service

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6. Gregory University, Uturu

Named after Pope Gregory, Gregory University is a private institution that came into existence in the year 2012. Gregory University is located in Uturu, Abia State.

In just ten years of existence, the university already has eight colleges viz: College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, College of Environmental Sciences, College of Humanities, College of Natural and applied sciences as well as Joseph Bokai college of social and management sciences.

The university currently has over 30 departments.

Motto: Knowledge For Tomorrow.

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7. Hallmark University, Ogun

Founded in 2015, Hallmark University could be regarded as an extension to Vivian Fowler memorial college as it was founded by the founders of the college.

The University began academic activities in 2016. Currently, the university has two colleges; sciences and social sciences but aims to expand it to accommodate colleges like Law, Medicine, e.t.c.

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8. Igbinedion University, Okada

Igbinedion University was founded in the year 1999 by billionaire, philanthropist, and chief;  Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

The institution has seven colleges viz: College of Law, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Basic Health Sciences, College of Business and Management Studies, College of Pharmacy, College of Engineering as well as College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Motto: Knowledge And Excellence.

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9. Joseph Ayo-Babalola University, Arakeji

Popularly referred to as JABU, Joseph Ayo Babalola University is a private institution that was established in the year 2004 Ipo Arakeji and Ikeji Arakeji in Osun State by the Christ Apostolic Church(CAC) worldwide.

Joseph Ayo Babalola was the first spiritual leader of the church hence it was named after him.

The University currently has seven colleges viz: College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Environmental Sciences, College of Humanities, College of Law, College of Management Sciences, College of Natural Sciences as well as College of Social sciences.

Motto: For Knowledge and Godly Services.

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10. Landmark University, Omu Aran

Landmark University was listed amongst the top five universities in Nigeria just after three years of existence in 2014. Again, it was founded by the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide; Bishop David Oyedepo in the year 2011, March 21 precisely.

LMU, as it is fondly called is located in Omu Aran, Kwara State. It has three main colleges viz: College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Business and Social Sciences, and the College of Sciences and Engineering with several other programs in them.

Motto: Breaking New Grounds.

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Bottom Line

There are several private universities in Nigeria and these are just a few of them.

Also, the universities are randomly chosen and not chosen based on their academic standard so there might be other universities with higher academic standards not listed in this post.

However, it does not mean these universities do not offer top-notch educational training.


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