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Federal Universities in Nigeria & the Courses they Offer

See the names of federal universities in Nigeria and the Courses they offer. Know the Number of Federal Universities in Nigeria and their year of establishment. Learn the advantages of federal universities over state universities.

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Federal Universities in Nigeria

Federal universities in Nigeria are universities that are directly under the ownership and control of the Federal Government. They receive significant funding and intervention from the Federal Government and their staff are under the Federal Government payroll.

How Many Federal Universities are in Nigeria?

Currently (i.e. as at 2021), there are 49 accredited Federal Universities in Nigeria.

These 49 accredited Federal Universities comprise of Universities of Technology, Universities of Agriculture and Universities of Education domiciled in different states of the federation and the FCT.

Federal Universities Vs. State Universities

Like we already pointed out above, Federal Universities are owned and controlled by the Federal Government. Since Nigeria is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country with three or more major religions, Federal Universities are established to engender and promote unity. Their catchment areas span the entire country making possible for students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to meet and share belief and values. This promotes federal character and expands intra-cultural ethics in the country.

On the other hand, State Universities are owned and controlled by state governments. They mostly give greater priority to their indigenes and tend to favour them more than others. Some state universities give lower cut-off marks and even school fees to their indigenes. They claim it is an effort geared towards encouraging their people to be education in order to stand a good chance at the national level.

Advantages of Federal Universities Over State Universities

Below are the reasons why Federal Universities are better than State Universities.

  1. Cheaper Tuition: Federal Universities are generally cheaper than their state-owned counterparts. Most State Universities are way too expensive. This is the major reason why there is an incredible rush to Federal Universities, no thanks to the harsh economic realities in Nigeria.
  2. More Facilities and Infrastructures: Federal Universities are better funded and are equipped with more infrastructural facilities such as laboratories, digital libraries, auditoriums, lecture theatres, engineering workshops and so on. These make learning easier.
  3. Cultural Diversity: Unlike state universities which tend to prioritize their indigenes, Federal Universities admit more students, especially from different cultural backgrounds. That is why Federal Universities are centers for the promotion of unity in diversity.
  4. Best Lecturers: Since the federal government is the highest employer of labour in the country, many professors and academic doctors are employed in the Federal Universities.

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List of Federal Universities in Nigeria and the Courses they Offer

Check below for the list of all the accredited Federal Universities in Nigeria and the courses offered by each of them. Mobile users are to scroll to the side to view all the contents in the table.


Note: We will keep on updating this list as new universities are created.

1.Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, BauchiATBU Courses1988
2.Ahmadu Bello University, ZariaABU Courses1962
3.Bayero University, KanoBUK Courses1975
4.Federal University Gashua, YobeFUGASHUA Courses2013
5.Federal University of Petroleum Resources, EffurunFUPRE Courses2007
6.Federal University of Technology, AkureFUTA Courses1981
7.Federal University of Technology, MinnaFUTMINNA Courses1982
8.Federal University of Technology, OwerriFUTO Courses1980
9.Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa StateFUD Courses2011
10.Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, KatsinaFUDMA Courses2011
11.Federal University, Kashere, Gombe StateFUKASHERE Courses2011
12.Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa StateFULAFIA Courses2011
13.Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi StateFULOKOJA Courses2011
14.Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi StateFUNAI Courses2011
Federal University, Otuoke, BayelsaFUOTUOKE Courses2011
16.Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti StateFUOYE Courses2011
17.University of BeninUNIBEN Courses1970
18.Federal University, Birnin KebbiFUBK Courses2013
19.Federal University, Gusau ZamfaraFUGUS Courses2013
20.Michael Okpara University of Agricultural UmudikeMOUAU Courses1992
21.Modibbo Adama University of Technology, YolaMAUTECH Courses1981
22.National Open University of Nigeria, LagosNOUN Courses2002
23.Nigeria Police Academy, WudilNPA Courses2013
24.Nigerian Defence Academy, KadunaNDA Courses1985
25.Nnamdi Azikiwe University, AwkaUNIZIK Courses1992
26.Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-IfeOAU Courses1962
27.University of Abuja, GwagwaladaUNIABUJA Courses1988
28.Federal University of Agriculture, AbeokutaFUNAAB Courses1988
29.University of Agriculture, MakurdiFUAM Courses1988
Federal University, Wukari, Taraba StateFUWUKARI Courses2011
31.University of CalabarUNICAL Courses1975
32.University of IbadanUI Courses1948
33.University of IlorinUNILORIN Courses1975
34.University of JosUNIJOS Courses1975
35.University of LagosUNILAG Courses1962
36.University of MaiduguriUNIMAID Courses1975
37.University of Nigeria, NsukkaUNN Courses1960
38.University of Port-HarcourtUNIPORT Courses1975
39.University of UyoUNIUYO Courses1991
40.Usumanu Danfodiyo UniversityUDUSOK Courses1975
41.Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta StateNMU Courses2018
42.Air Force Institute of Technology, KadunaAFIT Courses2018
43.Nigerian Army University, BiuNAUB Courses2018
44.University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State2020
45.Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State2020
46.Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State2021
47.Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State2021
48.Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State2021
49.Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State2021

List of Federal Universities in Nigeria and their Cut-off Marks

Every Federal University has their cut-off marks. This represents the score that a candidate must attain in order to qualify him or her for admission into the university. Follow >>This Link<< to see the cut-off marks of all Nigerian Federal Universities.

List of Federal Universities in Nigeria and their School Fees

Many factors affects candidates choice of a prospective university. Such factors include cost of tuition, distance from home and so on. Cost of tuition is a major factor. That’s a major reason why candidates, first of all, decide for Federal Universities as against State Universities.

When candidates have made up their minds that it’s a federal university that they want to attend, they still want to find out the school fees of various federal universities in order to know which to finally settle for. If you are looking for the list of Federal Universities and their school fees, >>Click Here<< to access them.

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