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Top 10 Most Competitive Universities in Nigeria 2024 – JAMB

You are welcome to another informative post on your favorite educational website, On this post, I will show you the most chosen university in JAMB 2024. In other words, you will see the most competitive universities in Nigeria in 2024 JAMB.

Top 10 Most Competitive Universities

Nigeria is not just the most populous in Africa, it is also a home to numerous universities. These universities offer a wide range of courses and academic programs. However, all the universities are not equally sought after by candidates seeking admission through JAMB.

Some universities are more sought after than others. That is, they are more competitive than others due to certain factors which I’ll show you shortly.

Factors that Determine Competitiveness of Universities in Nigeria

I’m sure you are wondering why most applicants choose certain universities in JAMB. Why is it that there are a few universities that hundreds of thousands of candidates select as their most preferred choice every year?

The truth is that there are factors that determine how competitive a given university is. Such factors include:

1. Class of the University

All universities in Nigeria fall under one of the following classes: federal, state and private. This is one of the primary factors that determine candidates’ choice of university. Most candidates prefer to go to federal universities because they believe that they are the ones that cover most of the other factors they want to consider, for example, affordability.

2. Infrastructure and Facilities

Candidates consider the physical infrastructure and facilities available in a university before making their choice. So the physical infrastructure and facilities on ground in a university plays a role in attracting students. Schools that have abundance of state-of-the-art facilities, libraries, laboratories and other resources that enhance learning experience are always very competitive.

3. Academic Excellence

Universities that have a track record of academic excellence are very competitive. Such schools offer high-quality education, employ well-qualified lecturers and have rigorous academic programs that challenge students to reach their full potential. They also have very strict admission criteria for incoming students. So they admit only the best brains that can cope with the high standards of the university.

4. Global Recognition

Most candidates want to apply to universities that are globally recognized and respected. Candidates rush such schools because they believe that they have strong international partnerships and collaborations which would allow them to benefit from a global perspective in their education.

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Top 10 Most Competitive Universities in 2024 – JAMB

JAMB has released the list of universities with the highest number of applicants and we have compiled the top 10.

Here they are:

1. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

University of Lagos is one of the most prestigious institutions in Nigeria. For many reasons, it consistently ranks among the top universities in the country. Popularly referred to as UNILAG, the university is located in Lagos which is the commercial and cultural hub of Nigeria. It is well equipped with academic facilities and is known for rigorous admission process. UNILAG is a prime choice for many students.

2. University of Ibadan (UI)

University of Ibadan is often referred to as UI. It was founded in 1948 and is Nigeria’s oldest university. UI has a long history of academic excellence and a reputation for producing some of the country’s most accomplished graduates. The university maintains high standards in its academic programs and is highly competitive.

3. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is another highly competitive institution in Nigeria. It is located in Osun State and is renowned for its strong commitment to research and innovation. The academic programs of OAU has depth and quality, making many candidates you want to study there.

4. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is in Zaria, Kaduna State. It is one of the largest universities in Nigeria and has very rigorous academic programs. ABU offers a wide range of courses, and its competitive admission process attracts the brightest minds from across the country.

5. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is in Enugu State. It is one of the country’s most competitive universities and is known for its strict admission criteria. UNN offers a wide range of academic programs and has a strong reputation for research and innovation.

6. Lagos State University (LASU)

Lagos State University (LASU) is a prominent institution at Ojo, Lagos State. Though a state school, LASU attracts students from all over the country. This is because of the high quality education and vibrant learning environment. LASU is one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria and maintains a strict admission process.

7. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)

University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) is located in Kwara State. UNILORIN has a strong reputation for its commitment to producing graduates who excel in various fields. It has competitive admission standards and excellent academic offerings.

8. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)

Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) is in Ondo State. It is highly competitive and specializes in science and technology-related programs. Committed to promoting innovation and technological advancements, FUTA attracts thousands of students with a passion for these fields.

9. Covenant University

Covenant University is a private institution in Ota, Ogun State. It is affiliated with the Living Faith Church Worldwide. The university offers a wide range of academic programs and is known for its high standards and competitiveness.

10. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

University of Benin (UNIBEN) is located in Benin City, Edo State. It is one of Nigeria’s leading universities with a strong reputation for producing graduates who excel in various professional fields. UNIBEN has diverse academic offerings and is very competitive.


The table below gives a summary of the top 10 most preferred universities in 2024.

S/no Top 10 Most Competitive Universities in Nigeria
1. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
2. University of Ibadan (UI)
3. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
4. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
5. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
6. Lagos State University (LASU)
7. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
8. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
9. Covenant University
10. University of Benin (UNIBEN)


Here is where we end this article on the Top 10 Most Competitive Universities in Nigeria. I trust that you found value reading to this point.

If you chose any of the ten universities above or any other in the same rank with them, bear in mind that a stiff competition awaits you. The is especially the case if your prospective university still conducts Post UTME examination.

So if you chose any of the above universities and really desire to enter school this year, hard work should be your second name by now. As you work towards your admission, always keep in touch with this website for information and necessary updates.

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