Most Competitive Universities in Nigeria; 2020 Statistics

Have you ever wondered, what are the most competitive Universities in Nigeria?

A lot of students fail to look at this information when applying for Admission into most Nigeria institutions, it’s very important to know the schools where there is a slim chance of admission and where there is more chance of securing Admission.

Note; we are not talking about the University in Nigeria that has the highest number of students.

If we are to mention the University in Nigeria that has the most students, it will be the National Open University of Nigeria (according to a 2017 statistics) NOUN was the largest university in the country in terms of number of students.

In 2017, the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students was around 471 thousand.

 

For the records, the National Open University of Nigeria is the largest open and distance learning institute on the whole Africa, the University is based in Abuja, but has several campuses across Nigeria.

 

After noun, the University of Lagos has the largest number of students and them the University of Ilorin.

 

But in this post, we hope to unveil the most competitive Universities in Nigeria, not by students but by the number of candidates that apply for Admission.

This information can help us when deciding which school to apply to.

Summary of what will be discussed in this post

If you yet to understand the rudiments and modalities of admission , there are most Universities in Nigeria where Admission is tough.

See this: How to gain admission faster in Nigeria.

One of the major reason is because, they are always the most preferred Universities according to JAMB Statistics.

We will show you the following information in this post.

  • Top 10 most competitive Universities in Nigeria
  • Why the Top most competitive Universities in Nigeria are competitive.
  • Number of students these institutions will admit among the number of students that applied.

 

Top 10 most competitive Universities in Nigeria ūüá≥ūüá¨

So below is a table of the top 10 most competitive Universities in Nigeria according to JAMB Statistics.

 

School No. of Applicants
University of Ilorin 103,582
Ahmadu Bello University 82,984
University of Lagos 74,800
Bayero University 70,376
University of Nigeria 68,971
University of Benin 68,805
University of Ibadan 62,606
Obafemi Awolowo University 58,914
Nnamdi Azikiwe University 58,292
University of Jos 57,318

 

1. University of Ilorin: 

University of ilorin

University of Ilorin appears to be the most competitive University in Nigeria. As of 2019, it got 103,582 students who applied for Admission.

Since 2016, the fourth year running, the University of Ilorin have always emerged as the most preferred university of first choice by admission seekers in Nigeria making it highly competitive.

Also read: The list of most competitive courses in Unilorin

Or the List of less competitive courses In Unilorin.

 

When an institution is competitive, it means getting admitted into thet school will not be so easy, you will have allm chances because the number of students that the school can admit, in this canse University of ilorin is only 12,000 out of the total number of students that applied.

Most of the reasons University of Ilorin remained in that position was because it never joined and nation-wide strike making it an institution with a stable academic calender.

2. Ahmadu Bello University

Ahmadu Bello University

The next most competitive school appears to be Ahmadu Bello University.

As of 2019, ABU got 82,984 applicants according to UTME Statistics.

For four consecutive, ABU has remained in 2nd position of the most competitive University In Nigeria.

A lot of students said they prefer ABU due to fact that even though the school joins Nation-wide strike, it does not join other internal strike.

2. University of Lagos

University of Lagos

It’s so impossible not to have University of Lagos the list of highly competitive Universities in Nigeria.

University of Lagos is not just among the most preferred University of first choice in Nigeria, it also sits in the position of a world-classs institutions and one of the best University in Nigeria.

Unilag is always known to be highly sorted after by admission seeking candidates having 74,800 applicants.

Just as others it has been sitting in this position for consecutive years.

No gain-saying, Unilag is a top institution in Nigeria with a lot of students.

4. Bayero University

Bayero University Kano

Bayero University, Kano is the fourth most sought after University in Nigeria.

As of 2019, the school had 70,376 applicants.

Bayero University, Kano (BUK) is a well known federal university in Nigeria, established in 1976, with over 40,000 students currently enrolled.

The institution is located in Kano and is also a top choice institution base on her academic functions.

So let’s see more details about the other most competitive Universities In Nigeria.

5. University of Nigeria 

University of Nigeria

I am sure you always hear about UNN, well it is a well known Nigeria University that boost of high standard academic excellence.

The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN, is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.

A lot of students choose this school for many reasons most of which may also be interesting to you.

UNN had 68,971 applicants as of 2019.

It is the fifth most competitive University in Nigeria according to JAMB Statistics.

6. University of Benin

University of Benin

University of Benin, also known as Uniben is just another top school In Nigeria.

You must have heard about how popular the University of Benin is just like Other schools on this list.

The University of Benin is located In the central of Benin City, having 68,805 applicants In 2019.

The University of Benin is an interesting sshool which is why many would choose to study there.

7. University of Ibadan

University of Ibadan

The 7th school on this list Is University of Ibadan.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Okayinka revealed that the nation’s premier university, University of Ibadan, is the most competitive¬†institution for undergraduate admissions in Nigeria.

According to JAMB 2019 Statistics it appears as the 7th most competitive University In Nigeria.

8. Obafemi Awolowo University

Obafemi Awolowo University

With 58,914 applicants it’s atill safe to say OAU is also a very competitive school in Nigeria.

It just may not be as high as others, but it is as competitive as thethose on the list.

OAU is a top Nigeria University and always on the list of most preferred.

9. Nnamdi Azikiwe University 

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

In the list of most competitive Universities In Nigeria, UNIZIK Is Just at the 9th position with 58,292 applicantts as revealed In 2019 JAMB Statistics.

10.  University of Jos

University of Jos

Unijos is the last on our list of top 10 most competitive Universities In Nigeria.

 

Why the Topmost competitive Universities in Nigeria are competitive.

A school is said to be competitive when the number of students choosing that school is high.

Different University in Nigeria are unique in thier ways, and that uniqueness tells why students will always prefer those schools.

Unilorin for example before 2020 was preffered because the school does not embark on nation-wide strike.

So it depends on the school in question.

 

Number of students these institutions will admit among the number of students that applied.

So let’s talk about the number of students admitted into the top 10 most competitive University in Nigeria.

  • ¬†University of Ilorin admits around 12,000 students per session.
  • Ahmadu Bello University admits around 10,000 students yearly.
  • The University of Lagos admits around 9,000 students yearly.
  • Bayero University armits around 7,000 students yearly.
  • University of Nigeria admits around, 8000-9000 students yearly.
  • University of Benin admits aroundd 10,000 yearly.
  • University of Ibadan admits around 5,000 students yearly.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University admits around 7,000 students yearly.
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University admits around 9,000 students yearly.
  • University of Jos Admits around 7000 students yearly.

We hope that this information now helps you know the most competitive Universities in Nigeria.

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