Full List of Expensive Private Universities in Nigeria

As many universities cost less, there are also expensive private universities in Nigeria. Before we delve straight into all these universities, it wouldn’t hurt to start with the various types of universities in Nigeria.

In the Nigerian tertiary education sphere, there are two types of universities namely: private universities and public universities which are either owned by the federal government or the state government.

Generally, public universities are known to be the cheapest options when it comes to university education despite the current economic realities of the country. But, when it comes to private universities, the majority of them are known to be expensive, and only very few are quite affordable for the common man. 

Below are the expensive private universities in Nigeria to look out for as an undergraduate or even as a postgraduate student. 

Complete List of Expensive Private Universities in Nigeria

Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti

We begin this list of the expensive private universities in Nigeria with the southwestern university, Afe Babalola University. The Ekiti-based university was founded by one of Nigeria’s greatest scholars, Afe Babalola, who believed in national development through academic excellence.

As regards their tuition, students of the university are expected to pay at least N500,000 to as high as N2.1 million depending on the course of study. Some of the courses offered at the university are Law, Mathematics, Medicine and Surgery, Accounting, Banking and Finance, and many more.

Full List of Expensive Private Universities in Nigeria

Skyline University

The Kano-based university was established in 2018 and when it comes down to the payment of school fees, for every session, students are expected to pay two million nairas or more. This, however, depends on the course which could be Economics, Mass Communication, Biology, or Biochemistry.

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Babcock University

One thing that is particular about this private university isn’t only their expensive school fees, but also, the brilliant set of graduates the university produces every year. We can say that the parents and guardians of the students of Babcock University get good value for their money. The school fees range from N700,000 and above all depending on the course of study.

Lead City University 

One of the top and of course, expensive private universities in Nigeria is Lead City University. The Ibadan-based university began in 2005 and over the years has grown to be one of the best universities in the country. So far the university has churned out at least 5,000 graduates since its inception. And, surprisingly, for a school with such high standards, the school fees range from N100,000 to N310,000.

Covenant University

Of the other expensive private universities in Nigeria, Covenant University stands out. This is because of the number of excellent graduates across every sector of human endeavor that the university produces after every convocation. Their school fees range from N800,000 to N1,000,000. In 2019, Covenant University became the first Nigerian university to be ranked in the top 401-500 categories of world universities compiled by the Times.

Igbinedion University

The South-southern university is located in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State. It was named after the popular philanthropist, Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion. The tuition fees range from N600,000 to N2,000,000 which medical students usually pay. Presently, there are about 30,000 students in the university.

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Caleb University

Caleb University was founded by Prince Oladega Adevogun and began first as a nursery and primary school in 1986 before transitioning into a university in 2018 that is located in Imota, Lagos. Depending on the course of study, students are expected to pay an average of N550,000 as tuition each academic year.

Nike University

Of all the expensive private universities in Nigeria, Nile University is known for having some of the best lecturers in the country. Some foreign lecturers come into the school as visitors to take certain courses. Nile University is located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the tuition fees range from 1.7 million nairas to 2.4 million naira depending on the course of study.

Baze University

Apart from being one of the most expensive private universities in Nigeria, Baze University is considered one of the best universities in Nigeria. For professional courses like Medicine and Law, the tuition fees can range from 2.2 million naira to 2.5 million naira. While non-professional courses like Sociology, Anthropology, Computer Science, and others, the tuition fees are a lot lower.

American University of Nigeria, Yola

As you may have guessed, the curriculum of the American University of Nigeria is modeled after the American system. The North-eastern university was established by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Abubakar Atiku in 2004. Depending on the course of study, the tuition fees range from 1.9 million naira to 2.7 million naira.

Conclusion

Private universities in Nigeria are generally known to be expensive, even though some of these universities are way out of the reach of the common man. Again, the school fees in these expensive private universities in Nigeria are relative depending on the course of study.

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