Nigeria is one of the few bright spots in the African continent, where most countries don’t have a bustling economy or a high standard of living. Thanks to the quality education, Nigeria is a step ahead of its neighboring countries and has been referred to as the Giant of Africa because of its large economy and young population. However top class education that can help you get ahead does not come free in this country and getting a college and university degree can cost a lot of money. Here are the top 10 most expensive universities in Nigeria of 2017.
List of top 10 most expensive universities in Nigeria in 2017
10. Ajayi Crowther University – ₦500,000
This university was established by the Supra Diocesan Board which is a part of the Church of Nigeria. The institution has a long and illustrious history and started as the CMS Training Institution as far back as 1853. Since then it has undergone several avatars and changes in name besides expanding in infrastructure. It was granted permission to function as a private university in 2005.
9. Caleb University – ₦505,000
The Caleb University dates back to 1986 and is currently established at Imota in Lagos. Initially started as a nursery and primary school by Prince Oladega Adebogun, the school forayed into higher education over time and officially started as a university in 2008. The incredible success story of this school stands on the values and morals that symbolize the school. Emphasizing on superior teaching above all else, the establishment has succeeded in winning the hearts and minds of parents and students alike.
8. Lead City University – ₦550,500
Managed by the Eduserve Consult, a group that promotes education at the tertiary and the non-tertiary levels in the City of Idaban, the Lead City University was established in 2005. The school offers several courses in the fields of computing, fashion design, electronics, and management. The university has programs dedicated to part-time as well as full-time students. The university has a strict dress code and expects students to uphold its values of moral conduct and good behavior.
7. Redeemer’s University – ₦500,000 to ₦650,000
A private university owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Redeemer’s University was established in 2005. Enrolling over 3,000 students in its collegiate system which provides B.A. and B.Sc. degrees, the college is growing at a steady pace. It has started admitting students for M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs since 2013. The university has three colleges under its wing and a plan for adding an engineering college is underway.
6. Crawford University – ₦400,000 to ₦600,000
Leader of the Apostolic Faith Mission, Paul A Kazuo started the Crawford University in 2005. This private Christian institution is owned and operated by the Apostolic Faith Mission, a non-profit organization working on charity. The university aims at providing “world-class tertiary education” in the shortest time. The college has excellent state of the art facilities to induce learning and encouraging co-curricular activities among students. It has a scholarship program for underprivileged but deserving students and also a thriving research wing.
5. Bowen University – ₦500,000 to ₦750,000
The Nigerian Baptist Convention owns and operates the Bowen University, one of Nigeria’s finest and most respected educational institutions. Located in a 6 km² campus in Osun State, the university has a teacher training program and a current enrollment of 5,000 students. That is a very impressive number considering it started with only 500 students in 2002. The university has five faculties and also one college and plans to have a capacity of over 20,000 students in the coming years.
4. Igbinedion University – ₦540,000 to ₦820,000
Founded by billionaire philanthropist Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Igbinedion University is one of Nigeria’s premier establishments for getting a private education. Started in 1999, the university can offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law, engineering, social sciences, pharmacy, natural and applied sciences and also business and management studies. The institution is dedicated to offering college education in Nigeria on par with elsewhere in the world and has become the first university to pass doctors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
3. Afe Babalola University – ₦675,000 to ₦1,075,000
Located in Ekiti State, one of most expensive universities in Nigeria, the Afe Babalola University is a private university established in 2009 with the motto “Labor for service and integrity”. Named after its founder Emmanuel Afe Babalola, a lawyer and philanthropist, the university has a state of the art campus and an enviable infrastructure. The university focuses on punctuality, morality and proper guidance to make sure it properly molds the character of its students. Apart from education, the University has contributed to the community by becoming the largest employer in the Ekiti State.
2. American University of Nigeria – ₦1,378,500
The American University of Nigeria is the only educational establishment in Sub-Saharan Africa that offers American-style university education. This means this private body offers higher educational courses at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels based on a style that is followed in the United States. It was founded by Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian vice president, in 2004 and has now earned accreditation from the Nigerian National Universities Commissions. It is located in Adamawa state and has a partnership with Louisiana-based Tulane University.
1. Babcock University – ₦620,000 to ₦3 million
This university located in Ogun State was founded in 1959 and currently enrolls over 6,000 students. This private university is owned and managed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and follows a coeducational system. This university named after American missionary David Babcock, has nine schools and one college under its operation. Its motto of “Knowledge, Truth, Service” perfectly describes the university’s vision and beliefs. One can earn a degree in agriculture, business, medicine, computing, nursing or law and security from this prestigious institution.
These were the most expensive universities in Nigeria and it’s not surprising because in the modern world it can cost a literal fortune to get a university degree from a private establishment. However these are also Nigeria’s most prestigious universities and getting a degree from here can guarantee one a job.