The Nigerian University space is filled so many amazing educational institutions that have radiated and produced so many influential people in the world. Today our focus would be on the state universities, universities maintained and regulated by their individual states, as you read this article, am sure that
you will fall in love with one of these institutions. So let us get into the list of the institutions.
Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
Rivers State University of Science and Technology, popularly known as RSUT is definitely the best state university in Nigeria and deserves to be on the list of best universities in Nigeria, it is a school that focuses mainly on teaching courses related to science and engineering, so is a haven for
students who have dreams of studying such courses.
It was established in 1972 and previously named 'Rivers State College of Science and Technology.' However, inn 1980, this name was changed to, to Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
RSUST is located in Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, is the first university of technology in Nigeria and the first state university established in the Niger Delta region of the country, so it has quite the prestige and the fact that it was established the port state of Rivers means it has quite a
good budget and has standard and amazing staff.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, has accredited the school. In addition, the school was rated Nigeria's best E-learning institution in 2014.
It is quite a populous school, which boasts of up to 1,870 staff and has up to 30,000 students enrolled in the institution Rivers State University of Science and Technology might also be regarded as the best Nigerian state university for engineering and science courses. In fact, it is among the two universities in the
country offering a bachelor degree in Marine Engineering.
- Some popular faculties in the school include:
- Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Sciences
- Faculty of Environmental Sciences
- Faculty of Agriculture
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Management Sciences
- Technical and Science Education faculty and finally
- College of Medicine
Lagos State University (LASU)
The famous Lagos State University (LASU) takes the number 2 spot in our list of bet universities in Nigeria. The Lagos State Government founded it in 1983 and so is one of the oldest state universities in Nigeria. It now has over 50,000 students, with more than 35,000 students applying for admission every year.
The university operates via four campuses located in Ojo (main campus), Surulere, Ikeja, and Epe and has other numerous affiliations across Nigeria.
LASU’s alumni list features lots of notable and prominent Nigerian men and women. The school is well equipped and offers different undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, including an MBA program, so many celebrities and influential people were graduates LASU, the popular dancer
and social media star Poco Lee is a graduate of LASU among others.
- Truly, a university deserves to be on the list of bets universities in Nigeria; LASU is particularly regarded as one of Nigeria's best universities to study law.
- LASU has nine major faculties, which include:
- Faculty of Arts
- Business Administration
- Social Sciences
- School of Basic Medical Sciences
- School of Clinical Sciences
The tuition fees for LASU is currently in the range of N113, 250 to N116, 000, while its acceptance fee is about N20, 000 for both indigenes and non-indigenes. It is slightly expensive but it should be a fact to be noted that State Universities are much more expensive that Federal ones so consider this when choosing your school of study.
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (AAU)
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (AAU) is located in Edo state and is one of the most popular universities in Nigeria. It is one of the best state universities in Nigeria in 2021. Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli, the then governor of the old Bendel State, established the university.
Initially, the university was named Bendel State University but then changed to Edo State University when Edo State was created. After a while, it was renamed Ambrose Alli University to honor the governor that established the institution. Up until now, the school was ravaged by activities of cultists, but thanks to a change of VC, which saw the overhaul of a system that was pulling the school back, the school is now safe for students to spend their time in and study.
Today, AAU is a school that has made it to our list of best state universities in Nigeria. It is truly deserving of this position considering that it has one of the best academic facilities for research and learning. NUC has also accredited the school. Currently, AAU is working towards digitalization to bring it up to the level of the best state-owned
University in Nigeria.
- AAU has eight colleges, which include:
- Natural Sciences
- Arts and Social Sciences
- Agriculture and Natural Sciences
- Engineering and technology
- Legal Studies
- Environmental design
- Medical Science
The school fees for AAU are quite affordable compared to most other state universities and that is why it is a favorite choice for many undergraduates in Nigeria. School fees range between 40,000 to 50,000 for old students and N97, 000 to N162, 000 for new students depending on your course
of study. AAU allows you to pay school fees in installments (twice). However, every new student must first pay an acceptance fee (N75, 000 for medical students and N60, 000 for other students).
Enugu State University (ESUT)
Enugu State University (ESUT) is one of the top 10 best state universities in Nigeria and has obtained accreditation from the NUC; it is quite a popular university and is one that am sure you must have heard of. The school was established as far back as 1980 and was initially called Anambra State University of
Science and Technology (ASUSTECH) before Enugu sate was created out of Anambra State.
It has over 50,000 active students and is located in a large hectare of land within the Enugu metropolis; it is actually one of the largest schools in Nigeria.
ESUT is known to run speedy academic sessions. They also offer both undergraduate and post- graduate programs in a well-equipped school environment.
There are nine faculties with over 50 courses being offered in the school. Although the school fees for ESUT are a bit on the high side, it is no doubt one of the best state universities in Nigeria.
Faculties in ESUT include:
- Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Resources Management
- Applied Natural Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Management Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Social Sciences
School fees for ESUT is about N125, 000 for all level except 100 level students who are to pay an estimated #130,000 plus an additional N25, 000-acceptance fee. Students who pay late are mandated to pay an additional N10, 500
Ekiti State University (EKSU)
This list of the best state universities in Nigeria will hardly be complete without adding Ekiti State University (EKSU). It is one of the most popular universities in Nigeria rivaling some of the top federal universities in Nigeria. Located in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, EKSU is one of the best state universities in Nigeria if not the best. It is quite an old school, established in 1982 by late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin's administration, and was initially named Obafemi Awolowo University, Ado Ekiti.
It was changed to Ondo State University in 1985 and later, the University of Ado-Ekiti in 1999. However, its current name was given in September 2011.
The university has well-experienced lecturers with a student population of over 50,000. It also offers a conducive environment for learning and is recognized by top international organisations.
EKSU has been accredited by NUC and offers various degree and diploma courses. Asides from running on a swift academic calendar, the school is known for having the highest professors in Nigerian state universities, it is the pride and joy of Ekiti State.
The school has the following faculties as well:
- Faculty of Agricultural Science
- Basic Medical Sciences
- Clinical Science
- Management Science
- Social Sciences
The school fees for EKSU are estimated at N140, 600 for full-time undergraduate studies and about N135, 000 for postgraduate studies.
Plateau State University (PLASU)
Plateau State University (PLASU) was established in 2005 and got NUC accreditation about a decade later. The school further approved 18 courses immediately after the accreditation. Today, the school is fully equipped to run both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
PLASU is also a good place to study for those interested in part-time and diploma programmes. The university has some of the best lecturers in various fields of study, and this has helped the school gain recognition as a reputable state university in the country. PLASU school fees for indigenous students are about N50, 000, while non-indigenous students pay about N100, 000-tuition fee. The acceptance fee for this school is N5, 000. It is definitely one of
the most affordable state-owned universities in Nigeria. It definitely deserves to be on the list of best state universities.
And that concludes my list of best state universities in Nigeria