Students are often perplex with the way Universities are ranked in Nigeria, as there are many websites in the internet that does it. This has inevitably perpetrated so much controversies in Nigeria, and has led many persons into unending arguments. But Nonetheless, in today's article, I will explicitly make a list of the most popular universities in Nigeria in 2018.
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

However,  it is pertinent to note that the ranking i have here, is not from the National University Commission (NUC), Topuniversities.com or any other University ranking body. It is simply an assiduous ranking made, on the basics of the standard, popularity and prestige of the Universities in Nigeria. So, you want to know the most popular and prestigious universities in Nigeria? Here they are.

MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA FOR STUDENTS

Here are the most popular universities in Nigeria:
  1. University of Ibadan (UI).
  2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
  3. Amadu Bello University (ABU).
  4. Lagos State University (LASU).
  5. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).
  6. Covenant University (CU).
  7. University of port-hartcourt (UNIPORT).
  8. University of Benin (UNIBEN).
  9. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
  10. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA).
  11. Federal University of Technology, Owere (FUTO).
  12. Ambrose Alli University (AAU).
  13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIC).
  14. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
  15. Landmark University of Nigeria.
Now, each of these universities will be explicitly explained below in other to prove this list authentic and substantial.

1. University Of Ibadan (UI) 
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Year Of Establishment: 1948
Location: Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Type: Public
Motto: Right thinking is the fount [of knowledge

The University of Ibadan (UI) was originally formed from the Yaba college in 1948. The university of Ibadan latter found its own site on 17 November, 1948. Currently, the university has 16 faculties and about 33,000 students that attends it.  

There is no doubt, that the University of Ibadan (UI), is the best and most popular and respected universities in Nigeria. It is the oldest and the most prestigious university anyone can attend in Nigeria. It is also worthy to know that, the University of Ibadan, is the only university that existed in Nigeria even before her independence. And as such, the school remain one of the most notable instruments devised by the many Nigerian Nationalists, for the fight against colonialism in Nigeria.

2. University Of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Website: unn.edu.ng
Year Of Establishment: 1955
Location: Nsukka, Enugu
Type: Public
Motto: To restore the dignity of man

Just after the University Of Ibadan (UI), is the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Originally called the University of Biafra in 6 July 1967-15 January 1970). This University is another prestigious university in Nigeria, and in Africa at large. The University Of Nigeria, is the number one university in Nigeria. This is because, it was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, modelled upon the American educational system. The University Of Nigeria, is the only university bearing the name of our country, Nigeria (I.e the University Of Nigeria). All these are what contributed to the popularity, prestige and respect people have for the university.

3. Amadu Bello University (UNN)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Website: www.abu.edu.ng
Date of Establishment: October 4, 1962
Location: Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Type: Federal

The Amadu Bello university has over the years, produced a high number of graduates who has in one way or the other, contributed greatly to the growth and development of the country. The Amadu Bello university has enormously made an impact on the youths of Nigeria through its high standard of education, which is motivated by its enthusiasm for a good education system. The university is also afflicted with;
  • The Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
  • National Universities Commission (NUC)

4. Lagos State University  (LASU) 
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Website: www.lasu.edu.ng
Year Of Establishment: 1983
Location: Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria
Type: Public
Motto: Per la veritΓ  e di servizio (Latin)
Motto in English: For Truth and Service

The Lagos State University, is another prominent and notable university in Nigeria I can attest of. Believe me, the University Of Lagos is a place for vast learning. The university is also one of the most densely populated Universities in Nigeria.

The Lagos State University has enormously contributed to the growth and development of the Nigerian education. The university is very much respected in the four walls of Nigeria, and is loved by many students.

5. University Of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Website: unilorin.edu.ng
Year Of Establishment: 1975
Location: Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Type: Public
Motto: Probitas Doctrina

The University of Ilorin is uncontestably another highly respected university in Nigeria. The university is well known in all corners of our country, as one of those great universities that produces students with good morals, characters and a high education standard. It is one of the most well repeated university anyone can attest of in Nigeria. The University Of Ilorin is also one of the biggest university in Nigeria, with about 5000 hectares of land.

6. Covenant University (CU)

Year of establishment: 2002
Location: Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
Type: Private 
Motto: Raising a New Generation of Leaders

The Covenant University of Nigeria was established in 2002, and is dedicated to the Faith Tabernacle, ota. The university was a collaboration of both the Liberation Commission, World Mission Agency and the Living Faith Church Worldwide. 

Though the Covenant University, has suffered so much criticism, owning to the fact that the university was formed on a Christain ground, the university still remain very respected and notable in Nigeria.

7. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Date of Establishment: 1975
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Type: Public 
Motto: For Enlightenment and Self-Reliance

The University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT), Is located in one of the biggest city in Nigeria. The university was first a college, as of 1975, But was later given the mandate of a university in 1977. The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), currently has 12 faculties in it. viz:
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Management Sciences
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Natural and Applied Science
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Law

The popularity and prestige of this university is apparently unopposed. UNIPORT is very well respected and noted in Nigeria, and in Africa at large.

8. University Of Benin (UNIBEN)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Year of Establishment: 1970
Location: Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Type: Public 
Motto: Knowledge for Service

The University of Benin (UNIBEN), was formally an institute of technology. It was only declared a full-fledged university in 1 July, 1971 by the National University Commission (NUC). Currently, the university is one of the biggest and most popular universities in Nigeria. 

The University of Benin also allow for the study of so many variety of courses. Some of which are:
  • Law
  • Life Sciences Management 
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Educational and Evaluation Counselling Psychology
  • Human Kinetics and Sports Science
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Education
  • Vocational & Technical Education and many others. 

The university of Benin is highly pronounced and respected here in Nigeria. The university is also noted for its goodwill. 

9. Federal University Of Technology, Akure (FUTA) 
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Website: www.futa.edu.ng
Date of Establishment: 1981
Location: Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
Type: Public 
Motto: Technology for Self Reliance

The Federal University of Technology, Akure (generally referred to as FUTA), is a stupendous university in Nigeria for students who will want to study engineering or, who will want to enrol into the field of science and technology. The university currently has about 15, 000 students who are schooling in it. The university was established by the drive of the Government to create a university that is specialised in producing graduates with practical, as well as theoretical knowledge of technology.

The University is one of the most respected universities in Nigeria. This is owning to the great contributions of the university in the education system of Nigeria. No doubt, the federal University of Technology, Akure, is a good place to be.

10. Federal University Of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA) 
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Date of Establishment: 1983
Location: Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
Type: Public

Just like FUTA, the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA), is equally specialized in technological education. It is one of the top 5 universities of technology in Nigeria. As of 2014, the University has 9 faculties, viz:
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology
  • Faculty of Engineering and Engineering Technology
  • Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology
  • Faculty of Environmental Technology
  • Faculty of life sciences
  • Faculty of physical sciences
  • Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
  • Faculty of Technology Education
  • Faculty of Post Graduate Studies

The Federal University Of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA), is another great university for students in the field of engineering. FUTMINNA, is very well respected and very popular in Nigeria, and in Africa at large.

11. Federal University Of Technology, Owere (FUTO)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Date of Establishment: 1980
Location: Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Type: Public 
Motto: Technology For Service

The federal university of Technology, Owere (FUTO), began is Operations with only 225 students and 60 staff (28 academic and 32 non-academic). But today, the university has about 10, 000 students. This clearly tells how industrious, the management of this university had been to make sure that they gets to the top. The federal university of technology, owere (FUTO), is one of the premier technological universities in western Africa.

Obviously, the federal university of technology, owere, is very well respected and popular in Nigeria. It is also among the best universities for students who wants to study engineering or wants to engage in the field of technology.

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12. Ambrose Alli University (AAU) 
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Year of Establishment: 1981
Location: Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
Type: Public
Motto: Knowledge for Advancement

The Ambrose Alli University was established by the former governor of bendel state (Now edo state), Professor Ambrose Folorunsho. The university was first called the University of Bendel, and was changed to the Edo state university. Subsequently, the University changed its name again to what it is referred to as today. The Ambrose Alli University, is not only respected in Nigeria, it is popular and loved too. AAU is indeed, a place every student should be.

13. Nnamdi Azikiwe university (UNIZIC)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Year of Establishment: 1991
Location: Awka, Nigeria
Type: Public
Motto: Discipline, Self Reliance and Excellence

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Formally called ASUTECH), was established through Law No. 7 of 30 July 1980 by the Government of the old Anambra state, Nigeria. The university is one of the most densely populated in Nigeria, with about 24,000 for the full-time and 12,000 students for the part-time programmes. 

The university also allow for the study of many courses like; Natural Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, Medical, Health Sciences, law and AFRICAN languages. The Nnamdi Azikiwe University is also a university with goodwill and prestige in Nigeria. It is one of the most popular universities in Nigeria.

14. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) 
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Date of Establishment: 1961
Location: Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria
Type: Public
Motto: For Learning and Culture

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), was formerly called the university of ife. It is a federal university in Nigeria, that is owned and managed by the federal government of Nigeria. The university is one of the most popular university in Nigeria. When the university commenced its activity in 1962, it had only few students who attended it. But currently the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has about thirty six thousand students that attends it. It is very popular, prestigious and of course, it is a good choice for any Nigerian student.

15. Landmark University (LMU)
MOST POPULAR UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA

Website: lmu.edu.ng
Date of Establishment: March 21, 2011
Location: Omu Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria
Type: Private 
Motto: Breaking New Grounds

Landmark university is one of the biggest private universities in Nigeria founded by Dr. David Oyedepo. Believe me, landmark university Worth's it. The university has greatly contributed to the standard of education in Nigeria. 

The landmark University also has a secondary school (Landmark secondary school). The university is also afflicted to; 
  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
  • National Universities Commission (NUC).

Landmark university is equally a prestigious university in Nigeria. It is one of the biggest private universities any student can attend in Nigeria.

Indeed it has been proven that the above universities are the best and most popular universities in Nigeria. Thus, if you intend to attend one of the most popular universities in Nigeria, then you can choose any one of the above universities. Note that, this list is not from any university ranking website in Nigeria. It is a list made after an assiduous research on the popularity of these universities. Hope it was helpful.