Tertiary level education in Nigeria still shows alarming levels of unserious on the part of the federal government.
Currently, ASUU is threatening to go on another indefinite strike if its demand are not met by the federal government. This is not the first time it’s happening this year.
The major reason for the blooming business of privately owned and operated universities in the country is not because private institutions are better. It is mostly because of the way the calendar for degree programs in federal universities is from time to time, abrupt by incessant strike actions.
Wealthy parents and guardians who do not want the education of their child/wards prolonged, are better off sending them to private institutions where this particular issue is inexistent.
Below is a list of the most expensive of these private institutions; from top to bottom for your reading pleasure.
1. Nigerian Turkish Nile University
Nile University of Nigeria is a private university in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory Nigeria. It was established in 2009 by the parent company of Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (SURAT Nigeria Ltd). The highest amount that can be paid as tuition to study at the university is for the Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) degree. Tuition minus accommodation and other charges in this department goes for N5,750,000.
Departments at the Nile University of Nigeria include:
Faculty of Management Sciences; Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business administration, Public Administration. School fees = N2,400,000.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: Economics, English Language Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Mass Communication.
Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences: Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Computer Science. School fees = N2,400,000.
Faculty of Engineering: Computer Engineering, Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering. School fees = N2,400,000.
Faculty of Law: Bachelor of Law (LLB). School fees = N2,600,000.
College of Health Sciences; Medicine and Surgery Degree (MBBS) = N5,750,000.
2. American University of Nigeria
American University of Nigeria (AUN) is a private university in northeastern Nigeria that offers American style degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. AUN was founded in 2004 by Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president. The university is located in Yola, the state capital of Adamawa state.
The least tuition paid at this school is N1,600,000 per semester minus accommodation. Students can decide to live with a roommate or on their own and those who decide to live on their own, pay a lot more in fees.
3.Igbinedion University Okada
Igbinedion University is the premier private university in Nigeria. It was founded in 1999 by Chief Dr. Gabriiel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of benin kingdom. It is located in Okada, Edo State, South-south Nigeria. Igbinedion University is number three on the most expensive universities in the country with tuition ranging from N715,000 to N3,000,000 (medical students) for the 2018/2019 academic year. Igbinedion University has seven colleges and several programmes as seen on the Institution’s website which will give you an insight into the university. Igbinedion University runs an uninterrupted academic session where students graduate at the stipulated time.
4. Afe Babalola University (ABUAD)
Afe Babalola University was established in 2009 by prominent lawyer and entrepreneur Aare Afe Babalola from Ekiti State, Nigeria. It is one of the few private institutions in the country not owned by a religious group. It is located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. Afe Babalola University offers programmes in six colleges: Sciences, Law, Engineering, Medicine and Health Science, Social and Management Science, and Postgraduate Studies. ABUAD graduated its first set of students in 2013 – 101 of them – with 18 students graduating with first class honors. ABUAD is also an expensive university with tution fees for the 2018/2019 session ranging from N872,000 to N1,747,000.
5. Babcock University
Babcock University is a private Christian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. It was named after the American missionary David Babcock who pioneered the work of the Seventh-day Adventists Church in Nigeria. The University was initially established as the Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA) in 1959. The University was oficially inaugurated in 1999. Babcock University is located at Ilishan-Remo equidistant between Ibadan and Lagos. The tuition at this university ranges from N600,000 and N992,300 depending on the course of study.
6. Bowen University
Bowen University was founded by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. It is the first and largest Baptist University in Africa. The University is located at Iwo in Osun state, Nigeria and is seated on the old 1,300 acre campus of the Baptist College which was formerly a teacher training institution just outside the city. The University was founded on the 17th of July, 2001. it opened with 500 students in 2002, currently there are over 5,000 students in the University. All the programmes of study are accreditated in this university. Tuition fee at this institution goes for between N535,000 and N1,725,000.
7. Crawford University
Crawford University is a private Christian university owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission. The university is located in Igbesa, Ogun State, Nigeria. It was established in 2005 by Paul Akazue who was the proprietor and Chancellor of the University until his death. Crawford University has a list of pretty important courses that interested candidates can study. The colleges in this University include; the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Business and social sciences, and College of Agriculture. Tuition in this university go for between N400,000 and N6,000,000.
8. Benson Idahosa University
B.I.U as it is popularly called is a university located in the Benin City, the Edo state capital, south-south Nigeria. It is a private Christian university owned and operated by the Church of God Mission International (CGMI). It was established in 2002 by the late Charismatic Pentecostal minister, Bishop Benson Idahosa. BIU is fully accreditated by Nigeria’s higher educational accreditation body, the National Universities Commission (NUC). The university had its first convocation ceremony on 25 September 2004. The tuition fee in this university ranges between N297,300 and N1,179,000.
9. Lead City University
Lead City University is a private university located in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. It was established in 2005. Lead City has between 3500-4000 students. The university offers courses and programs that lead to officially recognized higher education degrees like pre-bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. Admission rate in this university is between 60 to 70%; meaning it is a selective institution of learning. The school fees in this university goes for between N160,000 to N625,000 depending on the course of study.
10. Covenant University
Convenant University is a private Christian university located in Ota, Ogun State. It is operated by Living Faith Church Worldwide. Covenant University was established in October 2002 by Dr. David Oyedepo. Though the university is privately run, it is one of the best universities in the country. It is the best private university in the country and also, the institution with the highest alumni employment rate in the country. Covenant University is distinguished in its own right and with a tuition fee that ranges between N817,500 and N882,500 Covenant University is the 10th most expensive university in the country.
11. Baze University
Baze University is located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It was established in 2001 by Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed, PhD. It is one of the most expensive universities in the country. According to the institution’s website, Baze University delivers quality by having experienced international staff…and first rate buildings to guarantee standard. Baze aims to provide university education to British standards in Nigeria at about half the cost of sending a student to study abroad. The school is really meeting up its aim as its tuition for Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences is roughly N2,500,000.
12. Redeemers University
Redeemers University is a private university located in Ede, off Gbongan-Oshogbo Road, Osun State, Nigeria. It was established in 2005 by Pst. Enoch Adeboye. The university is owned and operated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The university operates a collegiate system and awards both B.A and B.Sc degrees. The university admitted the first set of M.Sc, M.A and PhD. students in 2012/2103 academic year. Tuition in this institution ranges between N563,000 and N823,000 for the 2018/2019 academic year.
13. Adeleke University
Adeleke University is a private university located in Ede town in Osun State, south-west Nigeria. It was established by Chief Adedeji Adeleke in 2011 with the aim to assist needy students in obtaining a quality higher education. The university operates a faculty system and there are six faculties in the institution; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Science. The tution fee in this institution of learning goes for between N636,800 and N867,300.
14. Bells University of Technology
Bells University of Technology, also known as Belltech, is a private university located in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. It was established by the Bells Educational Foundation in 2004. The Bells Educational Foundation is owned by Olusegun Obasanjo who is a former President of Nigeria. Bells University of Technology is made up of seven colleges and thirty-five departments namely; College of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Food Sciences, College of Information and Communications Technology, College of Management Sciences, and College of Engineering. The tuition in this university ranges between N553,000 to N643,000.
15. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
The Joseph Ayo Babalola University is a private university located in Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun State. It was established by the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide in 2006. The school was named after the first spiritual leader of the Christ Apostolic Church, Joseph Ayo Babalola. The school is one of those that mandates both male and female students to adopt an extremely modest mode of dressing on campus. Tuition fee at this institution ranges from N220,000 to N800,000.
16. Achievers University
Achievers University is located in Owo, Ondo state Nigeria. The University was established in 2007 by a private sector initiative. The university began academic activities in the 2007/2008 academic year. Achievers University was one of the seven private universities in the country that had its operating license suspended as part of efforts by the Nigerian Universities Commission to clampdown on private institutions offering low-quality courses and substandard facilities. The license was however restored in July of the same year. The tuition in this institution ranges between N270,000 and N600,000.
17. Caleb University
Caleb University is a private Christian University located in Lagos State. It was established in 2008 after approval from the Nigerian University Commission. It was founded by Prince Oladega Adebogun. Caleb University offers about 16 undergraduate degree programmes spread across four Colleges which include; College of Social and Management Sciences, College of Environmental Sciences, College of Pure and Applied Sciences, and College of Postgraduate Studies. Most of the programmes at the University has been accredited by the National University Commission. Tuition fee at this University begins at N230,000 per semester.
18. Ajayi Crowther University
Ajayi Crowther University is a private Christian university located in Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria. The University was established by the Supra Diocesan Board of the Church of Nigeria. It is named after the first African Bishop, the late Samuel Ajayi Crowther who was the first person to translate the Bible into Yoruba. The university has the following faculties; Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, and Faculty of Social Sciences. Tuition fee at this university goes for between N195,600 to N670,000 depending on the course of study.
19. Novena University
Novena is a private university located at Ogume in Delta State. It was established in 2005 becoming the first private university in that state. The university is officially accredited and recognized by the National Universities Commission. The founder of this school is Chris Ochonogor. The school charges between N450,000 to N564,000 as tuition fees.
20. Rhema University
Rhema University is a private Christian University located in the city of Aba in Abia State, Nigeria. The university was founded in 2009 by the Living World Ministries International. The founder Emmanuel Okorie, is also the Chancellor of the University. The university has two colleges; College of Basic and Applied Sciences, and College of Management and Social Sciences. The tuition for new students in this university ranges from N452,000 to N464,000.