Federal universities are seen as top schools in the country. Infact, they have been the choice for most outgoing secondary school students to pursue their academics at a higher level.
Although, all federal universities in Nigeria have been dully accredited by the National University council (NUC), there are some that are better than others in terms of qualitative education and specialization.
We provided the best 5 federal universities in the country below and a little information on their courses offered and area of specialty.
Top 5 Best Federal Universities In Nigeria
#1 University of Ibadan
This academic institution is ranked as the best university in Nigeria according to NUC this 2018. Founded in 1947, the University of Ibadan is a college that receives support from the University of London. Since its establishment, the college has produced first class graduates.
This school offers various courses and has 13 faculties and different departments. Some of the faculties in UI includes: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Clinical Sciences,
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, etc.
The University of Ibadan College of Medicine is regarded as the best in the country for medical students.
The second best federal university in Nigeria is UNN. It was founded in 1955 by the first president of the country, Nnamdi Azikwe and bears the country’s name.
UNN has 15 faculties and more than 90 departments, all accredited. This tertiary institution offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. As earlier said in the preamble of this article, it is one of the schools that students want to attend especially in the South-East.
The University of Nigeria has four campuses, but the main campus is located in Enugu state. The tertiary institution has produced some of the best minds in the country. Some of which include: Godwin Emefiele (central bank governor), Okechukwu Enelamah, Dora Akunyili (late NAFDAC Boss), Pat Utomi, Peter Obi.
#3 University of Lagos (UNILAG)
UNILAG is also on this list of top universities in Nigeria and is ranked third. The main campus is located at Akoka with two other campuses in Yaba and Surulere.
Some courses in UNILAG include: Basic Medical Science, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Law, Engineering, Pharmacy, Mass Communications, etc. The University of Lagos also offers professional courses in Accounting, Business Administration, etc.
OAU is also another federal university in the country that offers quality education and is seen as one of the best in Africa. Its no surprise that JAMB rates them high when it comes to academics.
Most graduates tend to run their Masters (MSc) in this school. It is also one of the largest universities in Nigeria with a land mass of 11,862 hectares. According to its vice chancellor, OAU has a vision of becoming the top best rated universities in Africa. This it hopes to achieve using state of the art technology in researching, teaching and ICT.
Among the top federal universities in the country, Ahmadu Bello University stands out as the best in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Founded in 1962, ABU was named after the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello. The university has 15 approved faculties. Admission into ABU, can be done either through writing JAMB or direct entry. You can also enrol for masters and Phd in this college of learning.
NUC latest ranking ranked Ahmadu Bello as the sixth best university in Nigeria 2018. Other federal schools worthy of mention include: University of Ilorin, FUTO, UNIZIK, etc.