9 Universities Accredited by NUC in Nigeria

9 Universities Accredited by NUC in Nigeria

Nowadays, the majority of Nigerians are very keen on getting an advanced education in accredited universities only.

The Accreditation and Equivalence Committee of NUC evaluates national institutions of higher learning and gives accreditation to the universities that qualify series of tests.

This article provides you with a comprehensive list of universities accredited by NUC in Nigeria. Diving deep into further details about each university listed and what courses were being offered currently so you can make an informed decision about where to apply to study.

About NUC (National University Commission) – History

The NUC (National University Commission) is a Nigerian government commission body established in 1962 as the Cabinet Office advisory agency and tasked with promoting quality tertiary education.

NUC became a statutory body in 1974 and Prof. Jibril Aminu was appointed as its first Executive Secretary.

The Main Functions of NUC

  • Granting academic programs offered in Nigerian Universities approval
  • Ensuring all academic programs offered in Nigerian universities are of quality
  • Approving the establishment of all tertiary institutions providing any form of degree programs in Nigeria. Prior to NUC establishment, all accreditation was done by bodies under various state governments
  • Advising executives to provide financial aid to universities
  • Creation of more faculties within individual Nigerian universities

9 Universities Accredited by NUC in Nigeria

1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi

The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, popularly known as ABTU, is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi, Bauchi State.

ABTU was founded in 1980 and was named after Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

The university is currently housing 1,000 administrative staff, 10,000 undergraduates, and 200 postgraduates.

Faculties available in ABTU are:

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Management Technology
  • Faculty of Technology Education
  • Faculty of Environmental Technology
  • Faculty of Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture & Agricultural Technology
  • Faculty of Medicine

2. Federal University Gusau

Federal University Gusau or FUGUS when abbreviated, is a public and co-educational higher institution situated in Gusau, Zamfar State. This university was established on the 18th of February, 2013, and commenced academic activities in the year 2014.

Even though FUGUS started with only a school of Pre-science studies, it now has a total of 4 faculties with 17 departments in undergraduate, M.Sc., and Ph.D. programs subdivided under them.

Faculties & Departments available in FUGUS are:

Faculty of Science:-

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Geological Sciences

Faculty of Education:-

  • Science Education
  • Educational Foundation

Faculty of Humanities:-

  • Languages & Culture
  • History & International Studies
  • English & Literature
  • Arabic & Islamic Studies

Faculty of Management & Social Sciences:

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting/Finance

3. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi

Federal University Birnin Kebbi is an educational institution founded on the 18th of February 2013 and located in Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi state, a town in the northwestern part of Nigeria.

The idea to establish FUBK was proposed during the regime of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan taking into account the Government policy to establish a Federal institution in states that have none.

FUBK officially started operating in November 2014 with a total of 507 students and 102 academic staff.

Faculties presently available in FUBK:

There are 5 faculties and a college of health science offering 24-degree programs. They are:

Faculty of Social Science:-

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Demography & Social Statistics

Faculty of Arts:-

  • European Languages
  • History & International Relations

Faculty of Sciences:-

  • Microbiology
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Physics with Electronics
  • Pure & Industrial Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Faculty of Management Science:-

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration

Faculty of Environmental Science:-

  • Quantity Surveying
  • Architecture
  • Building Technology

College of Health Science:-

  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing Sciences

4. Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State

The Federal University Oye-Ekiti is a government-owned and multi-campus public university located in Aare Afao Road, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, southwest Nigeria.

The institution was established in 2011 by the federal government presided by the then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

FUOYE is home to about 26,000 students, 23,500 undergraduates, and 1,500 postgraduates.

Administratively and academically, it belongs to both Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and NUC as an affiliate.

The varsity has 8 faculties with 57 departments distributed under them individually.

These faculties are:

  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Arts/Humanities
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Agriculture

5. Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State

The Federal University of Lafia is a public university located in Lafia, Nasarawa State. It was established in 2010 as one of the new nine federal institutions established in six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

The university started functioning in September 2012 and was formerly named Federal University, Lafia.

FUL is currently housing 6,367 students (100 level + 200 level), 539 academic staff, and 882 non-teaching staff.

There are 5 faculties with over twenty-six departments in FUL. Below are some of  them:

Faculty of Computing:-

  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Science
  • Information System
  • Information Technology
  • Software Technology

Faculty of Arts:-

  • Creative & Visual Arts
  • French
  • English
  • History
  • Theatre & Media Arts

Faculty of Agriculture:-

  • Aqua Culture
  • Fishery
  • Animal Science
  • Agric Economics & Extension
  • Agronomy

6. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba

Established on July 29, 1992, Adekunle Ajasin University is located in Akungba-Akoko. It is a private university owned by the state government.

AAUA was formerly known as Obafemi Awolowo University and Ondo State University but adopted its current permanent name in honor of Late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin.

The university has approximately 20,000 students and offers pre-degree, undergraduates, and postgraduates programs in seven faculties with departments sub-divided under them.

List of faculties in AAUA:

  • Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of The Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Environmental Design & Management
  • Faculty of Administration & Management Sciences

List of departments in AAUA:

  • Science Education
  • English Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Business Administration
  • Geography & Planning Science
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Economics
  • Criminology & Security Studies
  • Banking & Finance
  • Biochemistry
  • and many more…

7. Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State

The Federal University Dutse (FUD) is a public tertiary institution located in Jigawa State, Nigeria, and was established in 2011 by the federal government of Nigeria.

A total of 205 students were enrolled in three faculties at the time FUD commence service. Now, the number of students has grown to 3,200 students and 1,332 academic and non-academic staff.

Faculties in FUD:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Management Science
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Computing
  • Faculty of Medicine & Health Science

8. Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH)

CRUTECH is an acronym for the Cross River University of Technology. It is a multi-campus state-owned higher institution located in Calabar, South, Cross River State, and was established in August 2002.

CRUTECH has four campuses situated in Calabar, Okuku, Obubra, and Ogoja. Across the four local government areas of Cross River state.

The Cross River University of Technology came into existence when three former higher institutions form a merger, and since then, the school has been growing in size, technology, and the basic training to impact Nigeria positively.

Faculties in CRUTECH were distributed to each of their four campuses.

Calabar campus faculties are:

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Communication Technology

Okuku campus faculty is:

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

Obubra campus faculty is:

Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry

Ogoja campus faculty is:

Faculty of Management Science

9. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State

Federal University, Wukari is a university located in Wukari, Taraba State. It was established in 2011 under former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and is also accredited by NUC (National Universities Commission).

FUW is ranked the 87th best University in Nigeria according to Webometrics 2020 best university editions.

There are three faculties comprising 25 departments available at FUW and they are:

  • Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities, Management, & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Agriculture & Life Sciences

This university is the most affordable on this list of best universities accredited by NUC. The tuition fee is approximately between N40,000 to N60,000.

Admission requirements include JAMB or UTME score, University Diploma/Certificate, and Polytechnic certificate among others.


There are many universities that offer quality education across Nigeria, but only a few are accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).

Here is a list of eight universities accredited by NUC in Nigeria. These institutions have been accredited after successfully passing rigorous accreditation tests and having their curriculum appraised to meet certain academic standards.

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