List of NUC Accredited Universities in Nigeria (2021)

This is a comprehensive list of all NUC accredited universities in Nigeria this 2021. This list contains all the federal, state and private universities in the country that have been approved by the National Universities Commission, NUC to run undergraduate as well as post graduate academic programmes in the federation.

List of NUC Accredited Universities in Nigeria

The National Universities Commission was founded in the year 1962 initially as an advisory agency in the Cabinet Office. The organization later metamorphosed into a statutory body in 1974 and has since been a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Education (FME). Over the years, the NUC has evolved from being a small office in the cabinet office to a very important arm of the federal government of Nigeria in the area of development and management of university education in Nigeria.

Key Objectives of the National Universities Commission, NUC include the following:

  • Advice The Executive on the financial needs of universities
  • Coordinate the development of universities in Nigeria
  • Allocate and disburse federal grants and external aids to universities in Nigeria
  • Research and advice The Executive on topics relating to higher education development in Nigeria
  • Advice The Executive on creation of degree granting institutions
  • Advice the Federal Government on creation of faculties within Nigerian universities

Functions of the National Universities Commission, NUC include the following:

  • Granting approval for all academic programmes run in Nigerian universities;
  • Granting approval for the establishment of all higher educational institutions offering degree programmes in Nigerian universities;
  • Ensure quality assurance of all academic programmes offered in Nigerian universities; and
  • Channel for all external support to the Nigerian universities.

Having understood that the NUC is the main approving and ranking body for every university in the country, we will now look at the full list of accredited universities in Nigeria currently.

NUC ACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA 2021 AND THE YEARS THEY WERE FOUNDED: FULL LIST

The following is a list of all NUC accredited universities in Nigeria this 2021 and the years they were founded:

FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA AND THE YEARS THEY WERE ESTABLISHED

As of 2021, there are a total of 43 approved federal universities in the country and they are:

  • Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University – 1988
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – 1962
  • Bayero University, Kano – 1975
  • Federal University Gashua, Yobe – 2013
  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun – 2007
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure – 1981
  • Federal University of Technology, Minna – 1982
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri – 1980
  • Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State – 2011
  • Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina – 2011
  • Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State – 2011
  • Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State – 2011
  • Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State – 2011
  • Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State – 2011
  • Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa – 2011
  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State – 2011
  • Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State – 2011
  • Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi – 2013
  • Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara – 2013
  • Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike – 1992
  • Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola – 1981
  • National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos – 2002
  • Nigeria Police Academy Wudil – 2013
  • Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna – 1985
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka – 1992
  • Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife – 1962
  • University of Abuja, Gwagwalada – 1988
  • Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta – 1988
  • University of Agriculture, Makurdi – 1988
  • University of Benin – 1970
  • University of Calabar – 1975
  • University of Ibadan – 1948
  • University of Ilorin – 1975
  • University of Jos – 1975
  • University of Lagos – 1962
  • University of Maiduguri – 1975
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka – 1960
  • University of Port-Harcourt – 1975
  • University of Uyo – 1991
  • Usumanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto – 1975
  • Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State – 2018
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna – 2018
  • Nigerian Army University Biu, Borno State – 2018

STATE UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA AND THE YEARS THEY WERE ESTABLISHED

As of 2021, there are a total of 48 state universities in the country and they are:

  • Abia State University, Uturu – 1981
  • Adamawa State University Mubi – 2002
  • Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – 1999
  • Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden – 2010
  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma – 1980
  • Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli – 2000
  • Bauchi State University, Gadau – 2011
  • Benue State University, Makurdi – 1992
  • Yobe State University, Damaturu – 2006
  • Cross River State University of Technology, Calabar – 2004
  • Delta State University, Abraka – 1992
  • Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki – 2000
  • Ekiti State University – 1982
  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu – 1982
  • Gombe State Univeristy, Gombe – 2004
  • Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai – 2005
  • Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni – 2010
  • Imo State University, Owerri – 1992
  • Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa – 2013
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna – 2004
  • Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil – 2000
  • Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero – 2006
  • Kogi State University Anyigba – 1999
  • Kwara State University, Ilorin – 2009
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso – 1990
  • Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa – 2008
  • River State University – 1979
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye – 1982
  • Lagos State University, Ojo – 1983
  • Niger Delta University Yenagoa – 2000
  • Nasarawa State University, Keffi – 2002
  • Plateau State University, Bokkos – 2005
  • Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode – 2005
  • Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University, Katsina – 2006
  • Osun State University Osogbo – 2006
  • Taraba State University, Jalingo – 2008
  • Sokoto State University – 2009
  • Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano – 2012
  • Oyo State Technical University, Ibadan – 2012
  • Ondo State University of Medical Sciences – 2015
  • Edo University Iyamo – 2016
  • Eastern Palm University Ogboko, Imo State – 2016
  • University of Africa Toru Orua, Bayelsa State – 2016
  • Borno State University, Maiduguri – 2016
  • Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta – 2017
  • Gombe State University of Science and Technology – 2017
  • Zamfara State University – 2018
  • Bayelsa Medical University – 2019

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA AND THE YEARS THEY WERE ESTABLISHED

As of 2021, there are a total of 79 accredited private universities in the country and they are:

  • Achievers University, Owo – 2007
  • Adeleke University, Ede – 2011
  • Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State – 2009
  • African University of Science & Technology, Abuja – 2007
  • Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan – 2005
  • Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin – 2005
  • Al-Qalam University, Katsina – 2005
  • American University of Nigeria, Yola – 2003
  • Augustine University – 2015
  • Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo – 1999
  • Baze University – 2011
  • Bells University of Technology, Otta – 2005
  • Benson Idahosa University, Benin City – 2002
  • Bingham University, New Karu – 2005
  • Bowen University, Iwo – 2001
  • Caleb University, Lagos – 2007
  • Caritas University, Enugu – 2005
  • Chrisland University – 2015
  • Covenant University Ota – 2002
  • Crawford University Igbesa – 2005
  • Crescent University – 2005
  • Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo – 2015
  • Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin – 2012
  • Evangel University, Akaeze – 2012
  • Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo – 2007
  • Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State – 2009
  • Gregory University, Uturu – 2012
  • Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun – 2015
  • Hezekiah University, Umudi – 2015
  • Igbinedion University Okada – 1999
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji – 2006
  • Kings University, Ode Omu – 2015
  • Kwararafa University, Wukari – 2005
  • Landmark University, Omu-Aran – 2011
  • Lead City University, Ibadan – 2005
  • Madonna University, Okija – 1999
  • Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo – 2012
  • Michael & Cecilia Ibru University – 2015
  • Mountain Top University – 2015
  • Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja – 2009
  • Novena University, Ogume – 2005
  • Obong University, Obong Ntak – 2007
  • Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State – 2009
  • Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos – 2002
  • Paul University, Awka, Anambra State – 2009
  • Redeemer’s University, Ede – 2005
  • Renaissance University, Enugu – 2005
  • Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State – 2009
  • Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom – 2015
  • Salem University, Lokoja – 2007
  • Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa – 2011
  • Southwestern University, Oku Owa – 2012
  • Summit University – 2015
  • Tansian University, Umunya – 2007
  • University of Mkar, Mkar – 2005
  • Veritas University, Abuja – 2007
  • Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa, Edo State – 2009
  • Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo – 2007
  • Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State – 2007
  • Christopher University, Mowe – 2015
  • Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State – 2016
  • Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State – 2016
  • Dominican University Ibadan, Oyo State – 2016
  • Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State – 2016
  • Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross River State – 2016
  • Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State – 2016
  • Coal City University Enugu State – 2016
  • Clifford University Owerrinta, Abia State – 2016
  • Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State – 2017
  • Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State – 2017
  • Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo – 2017
  • PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Port-Harcourt – 2017
  • Atiba University, Oyo – 2017
  • Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos – 2017
  • Skyline University, Kano – 2018
  • Greenfield University, Kaduna – 2019
  • Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State – 2019
  • Trinity University, Ogun State – 2019
  • Westland University Iwo, Osun State – 2019

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Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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  1. Is JPTS not part of the new accredited institutes in Nigeria?

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