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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, Bauchi ATBU Courses 1988
2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ABU Courses 1962
3. Bayero University, Kano BUK Courses 1975
4. Federal University Gashua, Yobe FUGASHUA Courses 2013
5. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun FUPRE Courses 2007
6. Fëderal University of Technology, Akure FUTA Courses 1981
7. Federal University of Technology, Minna FUTMINNA Courses 1982
8. Federal University of Technology, Owerri FUTO Courses 1980
9. Fëderal University, Dutse, Jigawa State FUD Courses 2011
10. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina FUDMA Courses 2011
11. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State FUKASHERE Courses 2011
12. Fëderal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State FULAFIA Courses 2011
13. Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State FULOKOJA Courses 2011
14. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State FUNAI Courses 2011
Fëderal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa FUOTUOKE Courses 2011
16. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State FUOYE Courses 2011
17. University of Benin UNIBEN Courses 1970
18. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi FUBK Courses 2013
19. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara FUGUS Courses 2013
20. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike MOUAU Courses 1992
21. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola MAUTECH Courses 1981
22. National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos NOUN Courses 2002
23. Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil NPA Courses 2013
24. Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna NDA Courses 1985
25. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka UNIZIK Courses 1992
26. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife OAU Courses 1962
27. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada UNIABUJA Courses 1988
28. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta FUNAAB Courses 1988
29. University of Agriculture, Makurdi FUAM Courses 1988
30. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State FUWUKARI Courses 2011
31. University of Calabar UNICAL Courses 1975
32. University of Ibadan UI Courses 1948
33. Univërsity of Ilorin UNILORIN Courses 1975
34. University of Jos UNIJOS Courses 1975
35. Univërsity of Lagos UNILAG Courses 1962
36. University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Courses 1975
37. Univërsity of Nigeria, Nsukka UNN Courses 1960
38. University of Port-Harcourt UNIPORT Courses 1975
39. Univërsity of Uyo UNIUYO Courses 1991
40. Usumanu Danfodiyo University UDUSOK Courses 1975
41. Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State NMU Courses 2018
42. Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna AFIT Courses 2018
43. Nigerian Army University, Biu NAUB Courses 2018
44. University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State 2020
45. Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State 2020
46. Fedëral University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State 2021
47. Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State 2021
48. Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State 2021
49. Fedëral University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State 2021

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 on the provided link to access them.

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