Nigerian state are common places and centers of learning in Nigeria. Nigeria has 36 states across the federation. Each of these thirty-six states has a university, and many of them have mostly state universities.
I have been to a couple of them. In this article, trying to list the top ten best state will not be an easy task.
Some of these state universities are very popular like their Federal counterparts while others are just modest places of learning if you are hoping to pursue a degree in any field of study. There are many things that must be taken into consideration if you want to apply to any of the best states universities in Nigeria as seen on this list.
Are you prospecting for a wonderful career down the road and need a good school to help you achieve your aims and objectives? Then you need to settle for nothing less than the top ten. The other alternative would be for a private university. I understand the fact that not everyone can attend a private university. So state universities are where we can reach.
I have heard a lot which comprises of the good, the bad and the ugly sides of these state universities. I believe that someone that has made up his mind to study at any of them should at least visit the place.
However, I must caution you here as the state universities are not the same as their federal counterparts. Federal universities in Nigeria beat the states. I am writing from the little experience I have and NUC (Nigeria University Commission) overall comparison in the past 5 years. Most of our federal university lecturers still lecture at the state level. Yes, they sometimes juggle their jobs!
Our top best universities for 2016/2017 were chosen by two major factors which are by rankings and by popularity.
Here are the universities in no particular order.
Best State Universities in Nigeria
1. Osun State University
This University was established in the year 2006, the University operates a multi-campus system, faculties are namely; Social Sciences, Law, Humanities, Agriculture and Education, Health Science.
2. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)Lagos State University
LAUTECH this is a state-owned university in Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The University is among the best state University in the country. The University was established in 1990, it has a student population of 25,000 with staff strength of 3,000 staffs.
3. Nasarawa State University
Nassarawa State University is the best State University in the Northern region. This university has different faculties and also a good number of student’s population, the University is located in Keffi which is close to Abuja.
4. Kaduna State University
Located in Kaduna State, the University was established in 2004 and currently has 2 campuses and also has different faculties in the school namely; Arts, Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Management and Social Sciences.
5. Kwara State University
Kwara State University was established by Senate. President Dr. Bukola Saraki in the year 2009, which was then the former Governor of the state. The University has 3 campuses. Generally, the University has Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Management and Social Sciences, Education, Humanities, College of Pure and Applied Sciences.
6. Enugu State University of Science and Technology
This University was founded in the year 1980 as Anambra State University of Science and Technology was later changed when Enugu state was created. The University has the Faculty of Engineering, Law, Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Applied Natural Sciences, Education, Social Sciences, Pharmacy. The University has a student population of 50,000.
7. Ekiti State University
This University was established in the year 1982, the University has the faculty of Agriculture, Science, and Social Science, Arts, Management Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Science.
8. Delta State University
The University was established in the year 1992, by the Delta State Government. The University runs a multiple campus system, it has 3 campuses, the campus has a student capacity of 36,000 with 11 faculties namely; Faculty of Arts, Agriculture, Science, Education, Law, Engineering, Basic medical sciences, Management studies, environmental studies, pharmacy.
9. Benue State University
This University was established in the year 1992, the population of the students as at 2015 was 32,000. The University has the following colleges Science, Law, Education, Art, Health Science, Environmental Science and Management Science.
10. Abia university
This is one of the best state Universities in the Eastern region, the University first started out as the Imo State University until the Abia State University. The University has the Colleges of Medicine, Law, Optometry and Postgraduate Studies, Biological and Physical Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Agriculture and Vet nary Medicine.