5 largest universities in Nigeria – Uniben Not On Top 5


University of Ilorin
1. University of Ilorin
Unilorin was established according to the decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975. It is owned by the federal government. Ilorin is an ancient city, the capital of Kwara State situated approximately 300 km from Lagos and 500 km from Abuja. This location makes Unilorin an extremely popular an place.

The landmass of the University of Ilorin is about 15,000 hectares and this makes it the largest university in Nigeria in terms of land mass.

2. Obafemi Awolowo University
This institution is owned by the federal government. OAU is located in Ile-Ife, the ancient center of the Yorubaland.

The foundation of the university was held in 1961. The first classes were performed in October 1962. At that time this place was called the University of Ife and was managed by the regional government of Western Nigeria under the leadership of the late Samuel Ladoke Akintola.

Obafemi Awolowo University
On the 2nd of May, 1987, the university received a new name Obafemi Awolowo University which has survived to our days. The educational institution was named after Chief Obafemi Awolowo who was the first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria and invested much effort in the development of this place.


Now it is the second largest university in Nigeria in terms of landmass with an area of about 13,000 hectares.

3. University of Abuja
It would be strange if the residents of the capital did not have an impressive educational institution nearby. The third largest university in Nigeria was founded in Abuja on January 1, 1988. Two modes of teaching were immediately established: remote and ordinary. Any student can find suitable conditions in this prestigious place which landmass is about 11,824 hectares.

University of Abuja
4. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
This university was opened on 1 January 1988 after the federal authorities eliminated four technological universities previously united in 1984.

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
The landmass of FUNAAB is about 10,000 hectares.

5. Ahmadu Bello University
This research university operates under the supervision of the federal government and is located in the Kaduna State. The ABU was founded on October 4, 1962. Initially, the institution was called the University of Northern Nigeria.

Ahmadu Bello University
There are 2 campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria. ABU has a landmass of about 7,000 hectares.

Now you know which university is the largest in Nigeria as well as what other universities have impressive land mass. We hope that this information was helpful to you. 



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