Ahmadu Bello University: Courses Offered, Admission, Portal & School Fees

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (also known as ABU Zaria) is one of Nigeria’s foremost research Universities. It was founded in the year 1962, and is located in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria. Kaduna is one of Nigeria’s education centres, as it houses over 15 specialized colleges and a recognized university. The institution is named after one of Nigeria’s premier political icons, Sir Ahmadu Bello; who was the first premier of Northern Nigeria, and also the Sardauna of Sokoto.

Ahnadu Bello University is unarguably Nigeria’s largest university. The institution is affiliated with the Association of African Universities, the National Universities Commission, as well as the Association of Commonwealth Universities. ABU Zaria is also a member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria (ASUU).

Courses Offered in Ahmadu Bello University

ABU Zaria offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a wide range of fields. It also offers specialized associate degrees, as well as vocational and remedial programs. Their medical program is one of the best in the country, and their teaching hospital – Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) is one of the largest and best in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

The school has two campuses: one located at Samaru (the main campus), while the other – a satellite campus – is situated in Kongo, both in the city of Zaria.

The Kongo campus houses the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Administration – consisting of the Departments of Public Administration, Development Studies, Business Administration, Local Government and Accounting. Conversely, the Faculties of Medical Sciences, Engineering, Education, Sciences, Environmental Design, Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Languages, Social Sciences, as well as all research facilities and administrative offices, are located on the main campus at Samaru, Zaria.

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If you are a prospective candidate seeking admission into University and ABU Zaria is one of your options, the below information is for you. Here is the complete list of courses that can be studied at this institution. Also note that all have been approved by the National Universities Commission, NUC.

Courses obtainable are grouped according to Faculty. There are a total of 12 faculties spread out to 82 departments, as well as 12 other research institutes and specialized centres.

Faculty of Law:

Civil Law

Sharia Law

Commercial Law

Public Law

Private Law

Faculty of Science:





Biological Sciences





Textile Science and Technology

Faculty of Arts:




African Languages and Cultures




Theatre and Performing Arts

Faculty of Agriculture:


Animal Science

Soil Science

Plant Science

Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Crop Production

Faculty of Education:

Science Education

Arts and Social Science Education

Physical and Health Education

Library and Information Science

Educational Psychology and Counselling

Vocational and Technical Education

Educational Foundation and Curriculum

Faculty of Administration:

Public Administration

Business Administration


Local Government and Development Studies

Faculty of Engineering:

Civil Engineering

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:

Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

Veterinary Anatomy

Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology

Theriogenology and Production

Veterinary Physiology

Veterinary Surgery and Medicine

Faculty of Social Science:

Mass Communication

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Political Science

Faculty of Medicine:

Human Physiology


Medical Microbiology


Chemical Pathology

Haematology and Blood Transfusion

Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Dental Surgery


Nursing Science


Human Anatomy

Traumatic and Orthopedic Surgery


Community Medicine

Pathology (Morbid Anatomy)


Faculty of Environmental Design:

Fine Arts


Industrial Design

Urban and Regional Planning


Quantity Surveying


Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science:

Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacognosy and Drug Development

Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry


Ahmadu Bello University Distance Learning

ABU Zaria also operates a virtual learning hub called the Distance Learning Centre. This Centre of Distance Training offers specialised online programs: that is, students can ‘attend’ and participate in lectures from the comfort of their homes, via an electronic device, smartphone or a computer. They award Diplomas in the following courses delivered in online format:

Public Administration

Mass Communication

Higher Diploma in Local Government

Researches of Local Government

Social Job and Researches of Development

Researches of the World and Safety

The Advanced Diploma in Public Administration



Ahmadu Bello University Admission Process:

To gain admission into ABU, like every other federal University, is not so easy. However, with the right grades, it is fairly achievable. For eligibility, all prospective candidates must have scored not less than 180 in UTME. Candidates must also have chosen Ahmadu Bello University Zaria as their first choice of institution.

Registration and application for admission is strictly an online affair, and is carried out on the admissions portal,

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Once you log in to the portal, follow the relevant instructions and generate a transaction Payment Slip, verify and then proceed to pay via Remita or any of the other authorized payment platforms. After making payment, print the slip and then go back to the admissions portal to log in and supply your full details. Remember to upload a clear passport photograph where required. Print a confirmation slip and await information from the school on when the screening will hold, if you are invited, what day(s) you are invited and where you will be invited to partake in the screening.

It is important to note that, just like many other good institutions in the country, admission into ABU Zaria is very competitive. Of the 63,000 candidates that recently applied for admission during the last entrance season, only 10,000 of them were admitted.


Ahmadu Bello University School fees 2017/2018:

Tuition fees for both new and returning students at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria are relatively inexpensive, compared to other federal universities situated in the west and in the south. Fees are also determined by the department a student belongs to, as some departments are traditionally more expensive than others. For returning. Students, tuition ranges from N14,500 to N39,500 naira, while the fee for freshers is between N22,000 naira and N44,250 naira.

With this projection, prospective candidates can now plan accordingly.

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