UNILORIN, ABU are Nigeria’s most sought after universities


The University of Ilorin, Kwara State, in Central Nigeria, has emerged the 2017 university of first choice among student-applicants as the foremost citadel of learning in the country.

It is followed by 17 others from 148 officially recognised universities in Nigeria drawn from the federal, state and private institutions, the Economic Confidential reports.

In a new report obtained and carefully computed and analysed report by the Economic Intelligence magazine from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on the preferred first university of choice in 2017, the University of Ilorin has the highest applications with 104,038 student-applicants. The figure represents almost about 10 per cent of the 1,212,818 total applicants seeking admissions into the 40 federal universities in Nigeria. The Unilorin also led last year with 103,238 student-applicants.

Using the JAMB’s report of most preferred universities in the country, the Economic Confidential gathered that applicants seeking for admission into universities considered academic stability, popularity, affordability, available facilities and quality of lecturers as part of their check-list before making choices in their applications. Of the 40 federal universities in the country, UNILORIN is number one followed by Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria in Kaduna with student-applicants of 89,688.

University of Benin, Edo State, is third in the ranking with 85,486 applicants; University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu, is the fourth with 79,073 applicants, University of Lagos, UNILAG, is the fifth with 78,899 while Bayero University Kano, BUK, comes sixth with 68,241 students applicants.

Meanwhile, among the federal universities in the country, three universities had the lowest applicants. These were Federal University Dutsima Katsina, Federal University Gashua Yobe, and National Open University which are ranked as 38th, 39th and 40th and have student-applicants of 3807, 1897 and 110 respectively.

State Universities: Of the current 41 official sate universities, Lagos State University, LASU, is number one with 36,119 applicants; followed by Kaduna State University with 28,914 applicants; Delta State University Abraka, is third with 28,672 student applicants, Nasarawa State University is fourth with 29,142 applicants; Benue State University Makurdi, and Adekunle Ajasin University Ondo came fifth and sixth with 27, 611 and 27,579 student-applicants respectively.

In the lower ladders in the ranking of state universities, the institutions with lower patronage of admission seekers are Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Edo University, Iyamho, and Eastern Palm University, Ogboko in Imo State which are ranked 39th, 40th and 41st and have student-applicants of 399; 165 and 12 respectively.

Private Universities: As for private universities in the country numbering 67, the four leading institutions are all from the South-western states of Nigeria. The number one position is grabbed by Covenant University, Canaan Land, Ota with 2,438 applicants, followed by Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State 1,599, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State 1,455 and Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State with 485 students applicants. The fifth and sixth positions go to Abuja based Nigerian Turkish Nile University with 478 and Baze University with 476 student applicants.

The Economic Confidential discovered that out of the 67 private universities in Nigeria, these ones occupy the lower rung in the ladder with five applicants each: Chrisland University, Owode Ogun State; Koladaisi University Ibadan, Oyo State and Legacy University Okija, Anambra State. The least patronage by university seekers in the last position of 67th is Kwararafa University, Wukari, Taraba State with just 4 applicants.


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  • Inyamiri

    ABU is second, Aboki dey go to skul? How comes???

    • Dan arewa

      You’re right iyamiri, Aboki no dey go school but the thing bi say all our school for North are full of Igbos, October 1 pls commot for town

  • wode

    …better by far

    • forGod

      Yeah, better by far

  • emmanuel

    We understand, they implement no cut-off marks for admission. A letter from an Emir, politician, Imam, Business contacts, senior civil servants etc are the basic requirements and automatic qualification for admission.
    Remember Buhari Mohammed from Katsina State; the one who with a letter got into Nigeria Army without WAEC papers in the late nineteen eighties? That is how it goes.
    Most sought after ka, most sought after ni!

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      Go and find out. University of Ilorin is in a different class among federal universities in Nigeria. I am not from Kwara. The old top of the rung universities like UI, Unilag, UNN etc. have all been taken over by cults. So, who wants to go to a cult infested university.

  • Dan arewa

    Mumu journalist, referring to Kwara Central Nigeria, the state that borders. Sokoto, Kwara is a northern state just like the way you refer to the Senate President as a northerner in your reports, but name his state central, hypocrite mumu man

    • Opekete

      So kwara is a northern state? What part of north does Kwara belong to? North West or north east?

    • Datti

      The insult is on you Mr.! Kwara like Kogi, Benue, etc are in Central Nigeria. In fact the name of Kwara state when it was created in 1967 was West Central State.

    • Bolu

      Kwara borders Sokoto? Joke of the month!

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  • John Obe

    ABU on this list is just hilarious… you never know the reality of a life damming mistake until u get in.

    It baffles me to read this article cause “ABU rides on past glory”