The number of Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges in Nigeria increases as the year goes by. Presently there are 40 Federal Universities, 44 State Universities, at least 69 Private Universities, 28 Federal Polytechnics, 41 State Polytechnics, 42 Private Polytechnics, etc.
Out of the number of institutions we have in Nigeria, there are eleven preferred Universities that stand out and are sort after by candidates when making their choice of institution in Nigeria. This has been confirmed by the yearly statement released by JAMB a day prior to when the UTME result is released.
From 2012 Jamb statistics which was published in Vanguard newspaper “11 institutions stood out.
Most Prefered Universities in Nigeria
- University of Lagos topping the list 83, 865 candidates followed closely by the
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka with 82,148
- University of Benin came third with 80,048 candidates
- The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, he also said was the fourth preferred institution with 79, 398,
- Followed by the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN with 76,276
- The sixth most preferred university was the Obafemi Awolowo University,; OAU, Ile-Ife with 64,702
- followed by the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, with 56,708
- Also the ABU was followed by the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, with 48,439 candidates
- University of Uyo, 44,397
- Imo state University, 43,353
- University of Ibadan, UI with 40,011
From the above breakdown, the list of the top 11 preferred universities is
(1) University of Lagos
The University of Lagos was founded in 1962. It currently has twelve Faculties, namely, Atrs, Basic Medical Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science, and Social Sciences.
(2) Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
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 30th 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 constituent into Nnamdi Azikiwe University by the Anambra State Edict No.5 of November 26 1991. Nnamdi Azikiwe University was taken over by the Federal Government by Decree No. 34 of July 15, 1992.
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(3) University of Benin
The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July 1971.
The Faculties presently in the University are Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Science, Pharmacy, Physical Science, Social Science, and the College of Medical Sciences (which has three Schools: Basic Medical Sciences; Dentistry and Medicine; and the Institute of Child Health).
(4) University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN
UNN was Founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has three campuses – Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla – all located in Enugu State.
This list above should give candidates who want to write UTME clue on preferred Universities which are on high demand by candidates. This will help you to make informed decision when filling choice of institution during JAMB registration.