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Did you know that students of a federal university in Nigeria do not pay tuition fee? Perhaps you have about heard this and some other good news about Nigerian federal universities and wondering what these universities are, then you have come the right direction.

Here in this article, I have brought you a complete list of the Federal Universities in Nigeria. Attached to each school is their website and the state in which they are located.

By the way, a Federal University is one which is owned and taken care of by the Federal government. The State government however does not have any business with the affairs of such universities.

Now, read along to find out these universities which are federal government owned.



1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Kaduna State

School Website: www.abu.edu.ng

2. Bayero University, Kano, Kano State

School Website: www.buk.edu.ng

3. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ofe, Osun State

School Website: www.oau.edu.ng

4. University of Ibadan, Oyo State

School Website: www.ui.edu.ng

5. University of Nigeria, Nsukka Enugu State

School Website: www.unn.edu.ng

6. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State

School Website: www.unizik.edu.ng

7. University of Lagos, Lagos State

School Website: www.unilag.edu.ng

8. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Abia State

School Website: www.mouau.edu.ng

9. Federal University of Technology, Akure Ondo State

School Website: www.futa.edu.ng

10. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Ogun State

School Website: www.unaab.edu.ng

11. Federal University of Technology, Minna Niger State

School Website: www.futminna.edu.ng

12. Federal University of Technology, Owerri Imo State

School Website: www.futo.edu.ng

13. Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State

School Website: www.funai.edu.ng

14. University of Ilorin, Kwara State

School Website: www.unilorin.edu.ng

15. University of Benin, Edo State

School Website: www.uniben.edu

16. University of Port Harcourt, River State

School Website: www.uniport.edu.ng

17. University of Calabar, Cross River State

School Website: www.unical.edu.ng

18. University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

School Website: www.uniuyo.edu.ng

19. Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Sokoto State

School Website: www.udusok.edu.ng

20. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri Borno State

School Website: www.unimaid.edu.ng

21. University of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory

School Website: www.uniabuja.edu.ng

22. Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State

School Website: www.fuoye.edu.ng

23. Federal University, Otuoke Bayelsa State

School Website: www.fuotuoke.edu.ng

24. Federal University, Lokoja Kogi State

School Website: www.fulokoja.edu.ng

25. Federal University, Dutse Jigawa State

School Website: www.fud.edu.ng

26. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State

School Website: www.atbu.edu.ng

27. Federal University of, Lafia Nasarawa State

School Website: www.fulafia.edu.ng

28. National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN

School Website: www.nou.edu.ng

29. Nigerian Defence Academy, Zaria Kaduna State

School Website: www.nda.edu.ng

30. Federal University Wukari, Taraba State

School Website: www.fuwukari.edu.ng

31. Federal University Gusau Zamfara State

School Website: www.fugusau.edu.ng

32. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State

School Website: www.fubk.edu.ng

33. Federal University Kashere, Gombe State

School Website: www.fukashere.edu.ng

34. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State

School Website: www.fupre.edu.ng

35. Federal University Gashua, Yobe State

School Website: www.fugashua.edu.ng

36. Federal University, Dustin-Ma, Katsina State

School Website: www.fudma.edu.ng

37. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola Adamawa State

School Website: www.mautech.edu.ng

38. University of Jos, Plateau State

School Website: www.unijos.edu.ng

39. University of Agriculture, Makurdi Benue State

School Website: www.uam.edu.ng

40. Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State

School Website: www.nmu.edu.ng

41. Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Kaduna State

School Website: www.afit.edu.ng

42. Nigerian Army University Biu, Borno State

School Website: www.naub.edu.ng

43. Police Academy, Wudil Kano State



Aside being waved the tuition fee through out your study years, attending a federal university in Nigeria can also offer you remarkable advantages. Some of the advantages of studying in a federal university are below stated.

  • The certificates obtained from Federal Universities are looked upon with a countenance of trust and believe in the graduates.
  • Federal Universities toughen their students such that they will easy adapt in the Nigerian society.
  • The federal universities in enlists as the best universities in the country. This is because they are not only grounded in reaserch, they also have the best professors and lecturers.
  • Federal Universities are better equipped than their counterparts. You can see this from the nice classrooms and well equipped labs including a conducive environment.
  • In Federal universities, you will meet great people who challenge the status quo; this will spur you take actions for greater achievements.

It is undeniable however that some State and Private Universities in Nigeria bear some of these advantages mentioned. But what is certain is that currently, Federal Universitiea are leading in many directions.


What are the best five Federal Universities in Nigeria?

The top 5 and best Federal Universities in Nigeria are:

  1. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  2. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU)
  4. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
  5. University of Ibadan (UI)

Learn the top 10 best universities in Nigeria here.

How many Federal Universitiea are there in Nigeria?

From the comprehensive list of federal universities in Nigeria stated above, we can find out that federal universities in Nigeria are 43 in number.

Which State has two federal universities in Nigeria?

It was designed in such a fashion that every State has one Federal University. Therefore, apart from the special training colleges like NDA and the rest, no State in Nigeria has more than one federal university.

Which is the biggest university in Nigeria?

The term biggest university is relative. In terms of landmass, the University of Ilorin has is the largest university in Nigeria, covering up to 15,000 hectares. Meanwhile, in terms of student population, the Lagos State University is the largest.

What are the JAMB cut-off marks for Nigerian federal universities?

The minimum cut-off mark for the federal universities in Nigeria is 180. Some cut from 200 and above depending on the course of study. Follow here to find out the JAMB cut-off marks for all the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.


Maybe you came here because you were not convinced about the university to choose for yourself, for your friend or for your child. If you have carefully read from the start to this point, I am certain that with this comprehensive list of the Federal Universities in Nigeria in your view, you will be able to make a guided choice.

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