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Top 10 Most Expensive Private Universities In Nigeria (2022)

Nigeria is known for its large number of universities including federal, private and state-owned universities. Since tertiary education is one of the prestigious things numerous Nigerians crave to acquire, it is interesting to discuss the Top 10 Most Expensive Private Universities in Nigeria.

Undoubtedly, private universities are the most expensive tertiary institutions in Nigeria and this is probably because they are owned by private bodies that offer qualitative education as well as numerous academic needs.

In general survey, the school fees of Nigerian private universities range from one school to another depending on the academic and non-academic privileges enjoyed by students. In that case, some universities are much more expensive probably because they provide students with food in addition to the basic academic needs. Finally, below is the list of top 10 most expensive private universities in Nigeria.

Top 10 Most Expensive Private Universities In Nigeria

  1. American University of Nigeria (AUN)
Most Expensive Universities In Nigeria AUN
American University OF Nigeria AUN

The American University of Nigeria is a prestigious university situated in Adamawa state, northern Nigeria. It is distinguished for being the first Nigerian university to adopt the American academic curriculum and system. Regarded as the most expensive university in the country, students at AUN can be charged as high as $10,900 in return for the qualitative education they enjoy. In dollars, the breakdown of the charges is $1900 for meals, $6,600 as tuition fee and $500 for a room of four students. However, a student might decide to get a private room for $1900. By summing up all these charges, we can arrive at the total of $10,900.

At AUN, the school management caters for students’ needs as regards feeding and accommodation. Initially, Babcock University was Nigeria’s most expensive university but with the huge expenses, its students currently bear, the American University of Nigeria now maintains the first spot ahead of second-place Babcock University.

2. Babcock University

Babcock University - Second Most Expensive University In Nigeria
Babcock University – Second Most Expensive University In Nigeria

Babcock University came into being in 1957 under the name Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA). It is the second most expensive university in Nigeria and has been ranked one of the best private universities in the country. Notably, Babcock University is a co-educational tertiary institution under the ownership and management of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria.

Based on certain factors, the school fees at Babcock University range from #620,000 to #3,000,000. Moreover, some of the major factors which determine students’ fees are hostel accommodation, meals and departments. In the breakdown of the school fees paid by students in various departments, students of Nursing pay #1,000,000, students of Accounting pay #2,000,000 while Law and Medicine students pay #2,000,000 and #3,000,000 respectively.

3. Afe Babalola University

Afebabalola University Ado Ekiti
Afebabalola University Ado Ekiti

Based in Ado-Ekiti, Afe Babalola is one of the prominent private universities in Nigeria. Founded by Chief Afe Babalola (a lawyer and legal expert) in 2009, Afe Babalola University is one of the foremost private universities in South-West, Nigeria. Annually, the students of the university pay school fees varying from #675,000 to #1,075,000. With these fees, the school provides the students with several academic needs including accommodation, ICT, course registration, sports facilities, medical needs and ID cards.

Unlike the American University of Nigeria, Afe Babalola University doesn’t provide students with food and what a student pays as school fee largely depends on his/her chosen department. Meanwhile, another determinant of a student’s school fee is the kind of room he/she chooses to live in. For a room of four students, a student of Health Science pays #725, 000 but if he/she chooses a room of two students, the school fee will then be #875,000.

4. Igbinedion University

Igbinedion University
Igbinedion University

Igbinedion University is a private institution located in Edo State, South-South of Nigeria. Following the endorsement it received, Igbinedion University came into being in 1999. Significantly, Igbinedion University is distinguished as Nigeria’s first private university to receive a license.

Like Afe Babalola University, Igbinedion University doesn’t cater to students’ feeding and the school fees are largely determined by students’ departments. The tuition fee for students of high-level courses (such as Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, and Medicine) is #610, 000.

5. Bowen University

Bowen University Among The Most Expensive Private Universities In Nigeria
Bowen University

Bowen University is another private tertiary institution located in Iwo, Osun State. It has been in existence as far back as 2002 –the year it was founded. Under the management and ownership of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Bowen University maintains the minimum tuition fee of #500,000 and the maximum of #750,000 per year. Meanwhile, these fees cover only tuition and accommodation, meaning the school doesn’t cater to students’ feeding.

6. Crawford University

Crawford University is a Christian-owned tertiary institution located in the Nigerian city of Igbesa. Founded in 2005, the school is considered one of the most expensive private universities. Annually and based on students’ departments, the school charges from #400,000 to #600,000 as school fees. Students of Crawford University are required to pay for accommodation, tuition, and several other services without the inclusion of feeding. In a nutshell, the school doesn’t provide students with food.

7. Redeemer’s University

Situated in Ogun State, South-West Nigeria, Redeemer’s University is a private Christian-owned university. It is situated in Redemption City a few kilometers away from Lagos. The school has been in existence since 2005 –the year it was unveiled. Annually and in line with students’ departments, Redeemer’s University charges from #500,000 to #650,000 as school fees. For instance, students of Management Sciences pay #575,000 while students of Natural Science are charged #605,000 with school fees.

8. Lead City University

Founded in 2005, Lead City University is a private tertiary institution situated in the Oyo capital of Ibadan. It is owned by Eduserve Consult –a remarkable academic foundation that has long succeeded in the promotion of qualitative non-tertiary and tertiary levels of education. Inclusive of accommodation needs, Lead City University charges students #550,000 as school fees.

9. Caleb University

Caleb began in 1986 as an academic establishment offering primary education in Lagos State. It was founded by Prince Oladega Adebogun and it is considered the 9th most expensive university on this list. In 2015, Caleb University charged students the sum of #505,000 as school fees inclusive of accommodation needs.

10. Ajayi Crowther University

Situated in Oyo State, Ajayi Crowther University is a private tertiary institution founded by the Supra Diocesan Board –a subsidiary of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). With the inclusion of accommodation needs, Ajayi Crowther University charges students the sum of #500,000 as school fees annually.

That’s all about Top 10 Most Expensive Private Universities In Nigeria.


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