10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)


10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

It is truism that Private Universities are the most expensive universities in Nigeria. In fact, the cheapest private university in Nigeria currently is almost the same amount for full undergraduate school fee for most federal and state universities in the country.

Nigerian tertiary institutions have been in the habit of forcing its student’s population to remain a year or two longer in school owing to strikes and other constraints, making many individuals think about private Universities as a superior option.

Private Universities have stepped up their games, from the type of teaching and non-teaching operations to the overall way of teaching their students. These private schools are known usually to be expensive! However, a few of them can equally be very affordable. 

We have carefully compiled a list of the 10 most Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools) which offers an equally competitive learning environment.

It is not really guilt private schools for April 20, 2022 collecting such amount of money because the cost of running a university is apparently not cheap. This is why only the rich attend private universities.

Surprisingly, I discovered recently that there are some private universities in Nigeria that do not collect so much as school fee.

In this article, I will be taking a look at the 10 most Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools) and their school fee. If you have been wishing to attend a private university but don’t have the money required, this article might help you find a very affordable private university this 2022/2023.


List of 10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

Below are the Top 10 cheapest private universities in Nigeria: 

1. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin

2. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo

3. Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife

4. Obong University, Obong Ntak

5. Lead City University, Ibadan

6. Adeleke University, Ede Town

7. Crescent University, Abeokuta

8. Babcock University Ilishan, Remo

9. Wellspring University, Benin city

10. Rhema University, Aba

Keep reading as we provide details on each of them.



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

Alhikmah University is one of the cheapest private universities that have been accredited by the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). The university came into force in 2005 after the granting of its Operating License (License No. 010) on the 7th of January 2005. The university currently has two campuses in Ilorin and Igbaja, Kwara State. Though these campuses are still new, it is believed that in few years from now, they are going to be among the best in Nigeria. Note that Alhikmah universities do not offer all the courses in Nigeria currently. The university has the following faculties: Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences Faculty of Management Sciences Faculty of Education Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty of Law Faculty of Health Sciences etc. 

School fees Starting at: N213, 000 and above (Per annum).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

Otherwise called ACU, situated in Oyo State and was set up in 2005. The school has four faculties: Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social science, Faculty of Natural Science, Faculty of Management Sciences. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Dapo Folorunsho Asaju. 

School fees Starting at: N200, 000 and above (per annum).


10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

Another cheap private university I  would like you to check out is the prestigious Oduduwa university. It is located at Ipetumodu, Osun State, Nigeria. Oduduwa has been in existence since 2009 when the university was approved to start its activities. Even though Oduduwa is still a cheap university currently, Wikipedia shows that the university has about 20,000 populations. Below are the colleges in Oduduwa University currently: College of Management and Social Sciences (CMSS),  Banking & Finance College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS), Business Administration, Mass Communication & Media Technology,  Economics, Accounting, Public Administration, Political Science, International Relations, College of Environmental,  Design and Management (CEDM), College of Engineering and Technology (CET), Mathematics/Statistics, Mathematics/Computer Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology/Pre­medicine, Industrial Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics (Electronics) Chemistry Electronic/Electrical Engineering. From this, it is clear that Oduduwa University will soon become one of the top institutions in Nigeria. 

School fees Starting at: N170,000 – N197,000 (per semester).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

It is situated in Obong-Ntak, Akwa Ibom State. It was established in 1997 as the then African College of Management. The college has Natural and Applied Sciences faculty with certifications accessible in Computer Science, Microbiology, and Biochemistry. In the faculty of Arts and Humanities, certification programs are accessible in English Studies and Religious Studies. The Faculty of Management and Social Sciences offers certifications in Economics, Accounting, Mass Communication, Marketing, Sociology, Peace Studies and conciliation, Public Administration, International Relations and Political Science. The school is under the heading of Dr Moses Akpanudo, while the Vice-Chancellor is Enefiok. S. Udo.

School Fees Starting at: N180,00 – N200,000 (Accommodation not included)



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

If you talk about private universities that are really popular in Nigeria, then you should be talking about Lead University. The institution is respected all over Nigeria and other parts of the world. It was built in 2002 but it stated its activities in 2005 when the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) gave their approval. Note that not all the courses are really accredited in this university. Take for instance, if you want to study law, Lead University may not be a good choice. Nonetheless, the founder of the University, Tunji Olaopa is truly making efforts to see that all the courses in the school are accredited.

School Fees Starting at: N250, 000 – Above (per annum).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

The institution was set up in 2011 by Chief Deji Adeleke. It is situated in Ede town, Osun state and has at least six faculties; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science. The current chancellor is Professor Samuel Ekundayo Alao. 

School Fees Starting at: N273,000 – N450,000 (per semester).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

This is another cheap private university that was created in December 2005. The university is located at Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria and had about 24,000 students who are currently studying there. It should however be noted that Crescent University is not really a university for everyone. It was built by the Islamic Mission for Africa. Below are the courses in the institution: College of Law College of Arts Social and Management Sciences Environmental Sciences, Information and Communication Technology, Natural and Applied Sciences. Thus, it is doubtful whether the university accepts applications for students of different religions. 

School Fees Starting at: N283,000 – N1,000,000 (per annum).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

Babcock University was set up in 1999 in Ilishan-remo, Ogun state. The Seventh-day Adventist church oversees it. It has around nine faculties. They are; faculty of Health and clinical sciences, faculty of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock Business School, Faculty of Basic and Applied Science, Faculty of Computing and Engineering Sciences, faculties of Education and Humanities, Faculty of Law and Security Studies, School Of Nursing, faculty of Public and Applied Health. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Iheanyichukwu .O. Okoro. 

School Fees Starting at: N288,000 – N560,000 (per annum).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

The University is situated in Benin city, Edo State. It was set up in 2007. The college has two faculties; Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and faculties of Management and Social Sciences; faculties of Art, Engineering and Education are being proposed. The current ViceChancellor is Professor Amidu Sanni. 

School Fees Starting at: N190,000 and N600,000 (per semester).



10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

Situated in the city of Aba in Abia State, it was set up in 2009 chancellor is Professor Ogbonnaya .C. Onwudike. The school offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate study levels including the IJMB Programme, Degree Programme, CEP, MB.BS. Medicine & Surgery, B.NSc. Nursing Sciences, B.Sc. Human Anatomy and more. The stated fee covers hostel accommodation and other miscellaneous billings. School Fees Starting at: N253, 000 and N500,000 (per semester)


List of all Private Universities in Nigeria by NUC

10 Cheapest Private Universities in Nigeria 2022/2023 (Less Expensive Schools)

This article have provided the comprehensive list of all universities in Nigeria in one of my articles. However, below is the list of private universities in Nigeria approved by NUC.

1.  Achievers University, Owo

2.  Adeleke University, Ede

3.  Afe Babalola University, AdoEkiti – Ekiti State

4.  African University of Science & Technology, Abuja

5.  Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan

6.  AlHikmah University, Ilorin

7.  AlQalam University, Katsina

8.  American University of Nigeria, Yola

9.  Augustine University

10.  Babcock University, IlishanRemo

11.  Baze University

12.  Bells University of Technology, Otta

13.  Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

14.  Bingham University, New Karu

15.  Bowen University, Iwo

16.  Caleb University, Lagos

17.  Caritas University, Enugu

18.  Chrisland University

19.  Covenant University, Ota

20.  Crawford University Igbesa

21.  Crescent University

22.  Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo

23.  Elizade University, IlaraMokin

24.  Evangel University, Akaeze

25.  Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo

26.  Godfrey Okoye University, UgwuomuNike – Enugu State

27.  Gregory University, Uturu

28.  Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun

29.  Hezekiah University, Umudi

30.  Igbinedion University Okada

31.  Joseph Ayo Babalola University, IkejiArakeji

32.  Kings University, Ode Omu

33.  Kwararafa University, Wukari

34.  Landmark University, OmuAran.

35.  Lead City University, Ibadan

36.  Madonna University, Okija

37.  Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo

38.  Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University

39.  Mountain Top University

40.  Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja

41.  Novena University, Ogume

42.  Obong University, Obong Ntak

43.  Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State

44.  PanAtlantic University, Lagos

45.  Paul University, Awka – Anambra State

46.  Redeemer’s University, Ede

47.  Renaissance University, Enugu

48.  Rhema University, ObeamaAsa – Rivers State

49.  Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom

50.  Salem University, Lokoja

51.  Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa.

52.  Southwestern University, Oku Owa

53.  Summit University

54.  Tansian University, Umunya

55.  University of Mkar, Mkar

56.  Veritas University, Abuja

57.  Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State

58.  Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo

59.  Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State

60.  Christopher University Mowe

61.  Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State

62.  Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State

63.  Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State

64.  Legacy University, Okija Anambra State

65.  Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State

66.  Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State

67.  Coal City University, Enugu State

68.  Clifford University Owerrinta,  Abia State

69.  Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State

70.  Spiritan University, Nneochi,  Abia State

71.  Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo

72.  PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt

73,  Atiba University, Oyo

74.  Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences,  Ijanikin, Lagos

75.  Skyline University, Kano

76.  Greenfield University, Kaduna

77.  Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State

78.  Trinity University,  Ogun State

79.  Westland University, Iwo, Osun State

80.  Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State

81.  Thomas Adewumi University, OkoIrese, Kwara State

82.  Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State

83.  Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State

84.  AlIstiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State

85.  Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State

86.  Havilla University, NdeIkom, Cross River State

87.  Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State

88.  NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State

89.  KarlKumm University, Vom, Plateau State

90.  James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State

91.  Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano State

92.  Capital City University, Kano State

93.  Ahman Pategi University, Kwara State

94.  University of Offa, Kwara State

95.  Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State

96.  Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State

97.  Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja

98.  Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State

99.  Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State


Things to consider when choosing a Private University to Attend in Nigeria

Things to consider when choosing a Private University to Attend in Nigeria

You will agree with me that students of private universities are often not given the same respect as those in federal or state universities. But that is also not completely correct. There are some private universities that are known and respected in Nigeria. And despite the amount mentioned as school fees above, i think you should also put that in mind.

So, here are something that should guide you while choosing a private school to attend in addition to school fees:

1. Prestige of the school

In this country, employers are more likely to employ graduates from schools that are prestigious and popularly known than those that are not. And that is why you must consider how popular the school is while checking your budget. Covenant University is one of the best private schools with good prestige both outside and inside Nigeria

2. Availability of courses

 You must also be conscious of the fact that most private universities in Nigeria don’t offer as many courses as state and federal universities. So, it is usually advisable to be sure about the course before you apply for admission into any private university in Nigeria.

3. Accreditation

Aside from the schools i have mentioned and discussed above, you are probably going to find some other private institutions that are also cheap. But it is important to make enquiries as to whether the school is accredited by NUC (Nigerian University Commission) before you apply.

The reason is because, if the institution has not been recognized by NUC, then students of the school are also not recognized.

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