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The 10 Most Competitive Universities in Nigeria for Admission (2022)

The most competitive universities in Nigeria that are tough in admission offer: Apparently, gaining admission into any university in Nigeria is not an easy task. Over the year, I have noticed that it is only students who are very sound in academics can gain admission into any university in Nigeria. The reason for this is because every university wants to make sure that they admit students who are both mentally and academically capable of facing the ups and downs associated with living a good university life.

What really are competitive Universities? Competitive Universities are those universities with almost life made easy facilities that everyone wants to gain admission into. As you may have guessed, These schools Usually have large number of applicants every year and at such difficult to gain admission into.


Apart from the known fact that these schools are strict in their cut off point and admission process, there is a pride you have when you study in any of them. A student of the University of Lagos will be proud to boast that, “I AM A UNILAG STUDENT”. No doubt everyone want to study in a school where they’ll be pride in.

Now, while figuring things out, various question comes to mind of which I’ll be sharing shortly, one of the questions are;  what are really the very competitive Universities in Nigeria? , Are they actually Competitive Universities in Nigeria that’s not easy to gain admission into?, Why are these universities the most Competitive?. Well, your answers are right here on

Although, I already Wrote on the less competitive universities in Nigeria that gives admission easily and are popular as well, You’ll be supprised to see the unexpected universities among the list.

There are only few universities in Nigeria where you can gain admission without much stress. My point here is, as long as its tough to gain admission into Nigerian universities, Some are even more competitive to gain admission into and that’s our attention today.

Having known this, I will now make an explicit list of the Most competitive universities in Nigeria to gain admission into. If you are a student in Nigeria or abroad and you really want to gain admission in Nigeria, I’ll advise you buckle up if these are the universities you want to apply for this year.



Below are some of the most competitive universities in Nigeria you should attend:

1. University of Ibadan (UI)
2. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
3. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
5. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
6. Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO)
7. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
8. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
9. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
10. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)

Yeah! Those are the “easy admission” universities in Nigeria now. Note that this list is not exhaustive. There may be other universities not mentioned in this list. But for now, these are the universities i can really say are most competitive and tougher to gain admission. In other words, if you apply for admission in these universities, your chances of gaining admission is very high if you have good basic results and very low or almost impossible if you are average or low results.

Why these universities are most competitive

Now, you may be asking, why is it not easy to gain admission into the universities mentioned above? Well, there are many reasons why these universities are the most competitive. Below are listed few of the reasons:

They have very high number of aspirants:

The basic reason why the universities mentioned above are most competitive is because they have very high number of aspirants. Thus, the university are even looking for ways and little mistake to disqualify students. One of the mistakes many students make is to apply for admission in those universities in Nigeria,knowing they’re don’t even meet the requirements needed by this universities. Well, there is nothing wrong applying for admission in schools like UNN, UI, UNILAG or OAU. But the truth is that if you don’t meet their requirements or you are not very sound academically, then you can’t gain admission into those schools. So, if you are not good enough, why don’t you apply for a school that will give you admission easily.

Their departmental cutoff marks are Extremely high:

Another reason why it is tough to gain admission into these schools I just mentioned is because, their cutoff marks are way just too high. Thus, students with low cut off will not even be advised to purchase the post utme screening form talk less of gaining admission via the university’s merit list. In my view, these are the best universities for students who are Academically sound or those who have very good basic results and meet above average Cut off Marks.

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Having made mention of this, i will now give solid and brief information about each of the universities i mentioned above. Here we go:

University Of Ibadan (UI) :

Motto: “Recte Sapere Fons” (To think straight is the fount of knowledge).
Type: Public
Established: 1948
Location: Ibadan,Oyo State, Nigeria

University of Ibadan (UI) is one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria that definitely not easy to gain admission into. The university college started on 18 January 1948. The sod of its permanent site was cut on 17 November 1948 and became a full-fledged independent university in early 1963. According to Wikipedia, the New Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI) is Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka. Trust me, if you really want to apply for admission in a place where there is 70% chance of academic pride as such it’s one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria, then you have to apply for admission in the University of Ibadan (UI). It is pertinent to note that this university is a federal university so they accept application from every part of Nigeria.

University Of Ilorin (UNILORIN):

Established: 1975
Motto: Probitas Doctrina
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem
Location: Ilorin,Kwara State, Nigeria

University Of Ilorin (UNILORIN) is also one of the best universities in Nigeria. Students who are currently studying in UNILORIN can attest to the fact that studying in UNILORIN alone is not easy not to say of gaining admission into. In fact, last year (2020) while other universities did not conduct Post UTME examination for aspirants before giving them admission, University Of Ilorin (UNILORIN) conducted screening for aspirants. They only gave admission based on the JAMB results and WAEC/NECO and your Post UTME Results as acquired by aspirants. Trust me, this university is also a good choice for students who want to gain admission in any of the best but tough universities in Nigeria.

University Of Benin (UNIBEN)

Type: Public
Established: 1970
Motto: Knowledge for Service
Vice-Chancellor: Prof Faraday Orumwense
Location: Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

No doubt, University Of Benin (UNIBEN) is one of the cool universities in Nigeria. It is even among the best universities to study engineering in Nigeria. The University of Benin was founded in 1970. The National Universities Commission has accredited faculties and departments in the university.

Evidently, UNIBEN is one of the best universities in Nigeria making it tough to gain admission. The university has very high number of students who apply for admission every year. Thus, if you are looking for a university you can’t gain admission with an average score in JAMB examination, you can apply for this university. As long as your score is reasonably above average, I assure you that you will gain admission in University Of Benin (UNIBEN).

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU):

Motto: For Learning and Culture
Type: Public
Established: 1961
Chancellor: Etsu Yahaya Abubakar
Vice-Chancellor: Eyitope Ogunbodede
Location: Ile ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is another prestigious university in Nigeria. Ife (popularly referred to as “Great Ife”) by the ruling Action Group party of the Western Region of Nigeria was in protest at the recommendations of the Ashby Report. Currently, Obafemi Awolowo University is one of the universities in Nigeria you can’t dream of gaining admission easily. Many people speculate that the reason why Obafemi Awolowo University is very tough and more competitive is because it was created (1961) and has lots of applicants yearly.

That notwithstanding, Obafemi Awolowo University is still one of the best universities in Nigeria. In fact, you cannot mention the top 10 universities in the part of Nigeria without mentioning Obafemi Awolowo University. So you see, it one of the best and also among the most competitive for admission.

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

Type: Public

Founded: 1955

Location:   Nsukka, Enugu State, Eastern Nigeria

Faculty:     15 Academic Faculties

Facilities:   46 Lecture theatres, 38 laboratories, 20 workshops

Fields of Study: Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Sciences, Medicine, Management Sciences

Motto: “To restore the dignity of man.”

The University of Nigeria Nsukka is a federal university in Enugu State, Nigeria. Known as UNN, it was founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe (Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966) in 1955 and formally opened in 1960.

UNN operates 102 academic departments across 15 faculties and offers 82 undergraduate programmes and 211 postgraduate programmes for a student population over 36,000. It does so across four campuses: Nsukka; Enugu campus (UNEC); University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), in Ituku-Ozalla and the University of Nigeria Aba campus (UNAC). There is also a UNN Business School.

I personally recommend this university for every student. It is a federal university so you don’t need to panic on the issue as to whether the university will admit you considering the state you are coming from. All you need to do is to apply and do your best in JAMB UTME screening. I assure you that you will be offered admission into this school.

Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO)

Motto: Technology for Service
Established: 1980
Type: Public
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Eze
Location: Oweri, IMO State, Nigeria

Founded in 1980, Federal University of Technology, Owerri is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Owerri (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Imo. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) is a coeducational higher education institution. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details.

No doubt, Federal University Of Technology is among the most competitive universities for admission. Note that this university does not allow every course. So before applying for admission here, please make sure that the course you are applying for is offered in the university. Trust me, this is one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria that gives admission.

University of Lagos (UNILAG):

Type: Public
Established: 1962
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe
Location: Lagos State , Nigeria

The university has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. Notwithstanding, with approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any university in the country.

Even though it is among the most popular universities in Nigeria currently, it is among the most prestigious universities in Nigeria today. So, if you want to apply for admission in a school that will most likely give give you admission this 2022, then you should apply for admission in University Of Lagos, UNILAG.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK):

Motto: Discipline, Self Reliance and Excellence
Type: Public
Established: 1991
Location: Awka State, Nigeria

Nnamdi Azikiwe University came into being as an offshoot of the defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). ASUTECH which was established through Law No. 7 of 30 July 1980 by the Government of the old Anambra operated as a multi-campus university, with campuses in Abakiliki, Enugu, Awka and Nnewi. In 1991, following the split of the old Anambra State into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former ASUTECH were constituted into Nnamdi Azikiwe University by the Anambra State Edict No.5 26 November 1991.

Nevertheless, if you are searching for a university where it is relatively tough to gain admission, then you should apply in this prestigious university. Trust me; as long as a have a solid score above average in JAMB UTME screening, you will be admitted. All you need to do is to make this university your first choice. Indeed, Federal University, Dutse is one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria that gives admission rarely.

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU):

Former Names: University of Northern Nigeria
Type: Public
Established: 4 October 1962
Chancellor: Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha.
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Ibrahim Garba
Location: Kaduna , Kaduna State , Nigeria

Ahmadu Bello University is another less competitive university in Nigeria that doesn’t gives admission easily. The university is located at one of the beautiful states in Nigeria (Kaduna state). After its establishment in 1962, Ahmadu Bello University has been recorded to be one of the universities with the best educationally inclined teachers in Nigeria. One striking thing about this university is that, they teach very well.

In light of this, you need no one to tell you that Ahmadu Bello University is one of the ideal universities in Nigeria for students who want to gain admission without too much stress. Don’t worry if you are not from Kaduna state. This university is a federal university so you don’t need to be from Kaduna state.

University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)

Type: Federal
Established: 1975
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Ndowa Lale
Location: Port Harcourt State , Nigeria

Motto: For Enlightenment and Self-Reliance

The last but not the least university on my list today is University Of Port Harcourt UNIPORT. This university is the first choice of thousands of students in Port Harcourt state, Nigeria. Founded in 1975, the University of Port Harcourt, fondly called ‘UNIPORT’ is a second generation University with over 40,000 students and a strong focus in Petroleum Engineering. Formerly regarded as a University College, UNIPORT attained its University status in 1977 and is currently ranked amongst the top ten Universities in the Country. The University has recorded some groundbreaking achievements, one of such is its recognition as being the first University to train the first set of nuclear engineers in Nigeria. The University also won a grant from the world bank to build a centre of excellence in oilfield chemicals and is noted as one of the best institutions in Nigeria, involved in the study of business ethics and indigenous entrepreneurship development.

Currently, University Of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) is one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria that doesn’t gives admission easily. I am sure that this university will soon become a “hard-to-get” university because of the efforts of the university’s management towards the growth of the university. However, for now, i can say that this university is an ideal university for students who surpass and meet above the required cutoff marks for their courses in any of the competitive universities in Nigeria.



Below are other most competitive universities you will love to attend:

  1. University of Jos (UNIJOS).
  2. Lagos State University (LASU)
  3. Delta State University
  4. Covenant Univeristy (CU)

By way of conclusion, I will like to remind you again that these universities are not easy to gain admission into. By this note, these are the complete and correct list of the most competitive universities in Nigeria currently, it is clear that gaining admission into these universities are not even easy, it’s for the powerful.

Meanwhile, if you have a question to ask concerning any of the universities mentioned above, please don’t forget to use the comment section. I will be glad to give an answer immediately.

2 Replies to “The 10 Most Competitive Universities in Nigeria for Admission (2022)

  1. UNILAG is really Competitive, can you imagine last year, I scored 275 in jamb and passed their post UTME still they did not give me admission ?

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