Full List of Best State Universities in Nigeria

It is quite a stretch when many say that even the best state universities in Nigeria aren’t half as good as federal universities in the country. In fact, in this article, you will find out that some of the best state universities in Nigeria better the achievements of these federal universities.

Just so you know, in Nigeria, a state or states can own a university. The federal government can also own one too. Private individuals and even companies sometimes set out to own and manage a university once they get the go-ahead from the National Universities Council.

Best State Universities in Nigeria

Rivers State University of Science and Technology

When we talk about universities of technology in Nigeria, Rivers State University of Sciences and Technology is a trailblazer on this path. With a student population of 17,000 and a 3,000-staff capacity, RSUT has seven faculties. The institution was established in 1980 and is one of the two universities in the country offering Marine Engineering.

Full List of Best State Universities in Nigeria

Delta State University

The Delta State government opened the Delta State University in 1992. Presently, the university has three campuses and eleven faculties namely: Education, Engineering, Law, Management Studies, Pharmacy, Environmental Studies, Arts, and Agriculture. The current student enrollment capacity is 36,000. DELSU is believed to be on of the best state universities in Nigeria.

Ambrose Alli University

The Edo State-based university started in 1981 and at the time was known as Bendel State University. Subsequently, in honor of Professor Ambrose, it was renamed Ambrose Alli University. Presently, the university has eight colleges.

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Lagos State University

For a university that is located in one of Nigeria’s former capital cities, it is quite explainable why Lagos State University can hold its own even among federal universities. LASU was founded in 1983 and boasts of over sixty thousand student population. The school has nine faculties scattered across four different campuses which are: Ikeja, Surelere, Ojo, and Epe.

Olabisi Onabanjo University

With its main campus situated at Ago-Iwoye, Olabisi Onabanjo University has nine faculties which include: Basic Medical Sciences, Law, Social and Management Sciences, Medicine, Arts, Environmental Sciences, and Engineering. In 1982, it was known as Ogun State University until 2001 when it was later renamed Olabisi Onabanjo University.

Kwara State University

If there was anything commendable about the Saraki-led government in 2009, then it would have to be the establishment of Kwara State University. Presently, KWASU has three campuses and six colleges/campuses and considered one of the best state universities in Nigeria.

Enugu State University of Technology

As of 1980, before Enugu State was created from the old Anambra State, Enugu State University of Technology was known as Anambra State University of Science and Technology. Currently, the university has a nearly 50,000 student population.

Abia State University

Before Abia State was created from Imo State, Abia State University was formerly known as Imo State University. It has a College of Social Sciences, Agriculture, Law, Optometry, Humanities, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medicine, and of course, a College of Postgraduate Studies.

Kaduna State University

One of the best state universities that makes this list is Kaduna State University. It was established in 2004 and has two campuses. Also, it has several faculties which are: Pharmacy, Medicine, Science, Arts, Management, and Social Sciences.

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Benue State University

Established in 1992, Benue State University has maintained its reputation as one of the best state universities in Nigeria. In fact, as of 2015, the total number of students is almost 32,000. Presently, Benue State University has several colleges which are: Health Sciences, Education, Art, Law, Environmental Sciences, and Management Sciences.


If you may have noticed, some of the best state universities in Nigeria were established as far back as the late eighties just like the other federal universities in the country. 

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