Every year, thousands of students leave the shores of Nigeria in search of “greener pastures” – Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge Universities to name a few. Many are convinced that Nigerian universities have absolutely nothing to offer in terms of quality education as well as a vibrant student life, and this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Yes, some institutions have their disadvantages but the fact that many graduates finish with much to offer their society remains accurate. The value they provide is to a significant degree based on the education and experiences gained within the four walls of these universities.

With all this said, we bring you our top 7 COOL universities in Nigeria. Read on to find out if your alma mater or personal favourite made the list:


7. Babcock University

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Credit: Babcock University


Established in 1959, Babcock University is located in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. The private Christian university is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and is well-known for its moral discipline of students in an effort to produce individuals of high ethical standards.

We love the beauty of the campus landscape and commend the management for the tight security system reportedly maintained.


6. Afe Babalola University (ABUAD)

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Credit: ABAUD

ABUAD was established in 2009 and is located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. Here is another modern private university in Nigeria with a decent and conducive environment for learning. Students have a wide range of facilities to take advantage of including a very cool e-library, superb ICT facilities and modern laboratory equipment.

Also worth noting is the institution’s 42 luxurious suites for parents in its modern guest house and 200 luxurious rooms for visitors of the university.


5. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

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Credit: Pulse NG

This is arguably the largest university in the country. Established in 1962 in Zaria, Kaduna State, ABU is notable for producing cool and prominent people including former and serving governors, ministers and former Presidents and Vice Presidents of the country including the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former Senate president, Namadi Sambo.

ABU is arguably of the coolest universities to visit in the country because of its enormity and array of impressive statues of Nigerians within its campus environment. It also has the largest faculty in the country, that is, the Faculty of Agriculture.


4. American University of Nigeria (AUN)


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The university was founded in 2005 and is located in Yola, Adamawa State. The American-styled university is largely intercultural, with staff and students being very conscious of the cultural differences and similarities of everyone present.

AUN is claimed to have one of the fastest WiFi network services any university can ever dream of in the country. It also boasts of cool sporting facilities as well as a fantastic eatery for students and staff. The university also has its very own hotel called The AUN Hotel that is well-known for its exquisite treatment of guests.


3. University of Lagos (UNILAG)


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The University of Lagos is reportedly one of the most competitive tertiary institutions in terms of its student admissions. It’s also believed to have one of the largest student populations in the country with approximately 57,000 students in 2013 according to Wikipedia.

The university is notable for producing the current Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who once commended the university for moulding him to become who he is today.

It’s a well-known fact that most UNILAG students have flair for fashion and are always quick to impress. Also worth noting is the university’s reputation as the home of entertainment because it has produced famous musicians, actors and actresses in the country. Actress, Funke Akindele and singer, Reekado Banks call UNILAG their alma mater.


2. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)

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Credit: UNN

UNN is one of the finest federal universities in the country. Located in Nsukka, Enugu State, the university’s campus environment is quite decent and very conducive for learning.

Not many people know this, but the institution goes down in history as the site of the first open heart surgical operation in Nigeria. This was performed in 1974 and was celebrated as a great feat in medical science in Nigeria. UNN also happens to have the oldest law faculty in Nigeria and it’s definitely a nice place to visit.


1. University of Ibadan (UI)

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Credit: BP Blog

This is the oldest university in Nigeria, being established in 1948. According to the 2017 Global Ranking of Universities by the Times Higher Education, the University of Ibadan is ranked at number 801 amongst the best 978 in the world. It happens to be the only Nigerian universities to make the list, a great feat indeed.

The university is also notable for producing prominent people in the country. A university with a difference, its environment is very vibrant and houses one of the largest university libraries in the country. This is truly Nigeria’s premier university, making it Premier Cool’s top COOL university in the country.

Did we miss out your favourite Nigerian university? Let us know in the comments section below.


Reference: Wikipedia

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