1. COVENANT UNIVERSITY
Without a doubt, Covenant University is the number one private university in Nigeria. The University which was established and accredited by the Nigeria National Universities Commission on the 21st of October and the 12th of February, 2002 respectively is formally affiliated with the Living Faith Church worldwide.
Covenant University operates four colleges which include the College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS), College of Leadership Development Studies (CLDS), College of Education (COE) and the College of Science (CST). It also has a school of postgraduate studies which offers postgraduate courses in the faculties listed above. The higher institution was ranked in 2015 as the best university in Nigeria.
2. BABCOCK UNIVERSITY
One of the oldest private universities in Nigeria, Babcock University is named after David C. Babcock, an American missionary who started the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. It was originally known as the Adventist College of West Africa before acquiring university status in 1999. Currently, Babcock University has a total of nine schools and a College of Health and Medical Sciences. Some of these schools include the School of Education and Humanities, School of Law and Security Studies, School of Public and Applied Health, School of Business, School of Nursing and others. It also has a School of Post Graduate Studies. Babcock University is known for the high standard of education and the dynamic methods of management which makes it the second best private university in Nigeria.
3. JOSEPH AYO BABALOLA UNIVERSITY
Established by the Christian Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Joseph Ayo Babalola is named after the spiritual founder of the above-named organization. It was established in the year 2006 in a town called Ikeji- Arakeji in Osun State, Nigeria. Joseph Ayo Babalola University currently has a total of seven colleges which are College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, College of Social Sciences, College of Environmental Sciences, College of Humanities, College of Law and College of Management Sciences. The University’s aim is to encourage literacy and education while also upholding good morals.
4. BOWEN UNIVERSITY
Known as the first Church-owned private university in Nigeria, Bowen University is affiliated with the Nigerian Baptist Convention. The University was founded in 2002 in the town of Iwo, Osun State. Bowen University has a School of Medicine, a Faculty of Law and a School of Post Graduate Studies coupled with the several undergraduate courses it offers. The University rightly sits at the spot of the fourth best private University in Nigeria.
5. REDEEMER’S UNIVERSITY
Owned and operated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Redeemer’s University is seated in the town of Ede, off Gbongan-Oshogbo Road. It was established in 2005 as a private tertiary institution of education. As of 2013/2014 academic year, Redeemer’s University has a total of three colleges which are the College of Natural Sciences, College of Management Sciences, and College of Humanities. The University also has a Postgraduate School where it awards M.A, M.Sc., and Ph.D. in various accredited courses. Redeemer’s University is the fifth best private University in Nigeria.
6. IGBINEDION UNIVERSITY
Known as the first ever Private University in Nigeria, Igbinedion University was founded in 1999 by Gabriel Osawu Igbinedion, a renowned philanthropist and political icon in Edo State. Igbinedion University is located in Okada, Edo State. Igbinedion University is reputed to be the first private university to produce a set of medical science students in Nigeria and also the first private university to produce a first-class barrister from the Nigerian Law School. The University boasts of fully accredited faculties which include the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Management Studies and other faculties.
7. AJAYI CROWTHER UNIVERSITY
Named after Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African Bishop of the Anglican Church, Ajayi Crowther University was established by the Supra Diocesan Board of the Anglican Church of Nigeria in the year 2005. The University is located in the old town of Oyo in Oyo State. With fully accredited courses available in its four faculties which are, the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Ajayi Crowther University boasts of being the seventh best private university in the whole of Nigeria.
8. BELLS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
The first private university of technology in Nigeria, Bells University of technology was established in 2004 by a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. The University is located at Benja Village, Idi Iroko Rd, Ota in Ogun State. Bells University of Technology has Five Colleges which are, the College of Natural and Applied Science, College of Engineering and Environmental Sciences, College of Food Sciences, College of Information and Communications Technology and the College of Management Sciences. Each College offers fully accredited undergraduate courses.
9. AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY
Founded in 2009 as a non-profit private University by a renowned philanthropist, Afe Babalola, this higher institution of education is located in Ado-Ekiti the capital of Ekiti State. According to the University’s website, “Afe Babalola University was founded to reform functional education in this clime.” The University boasts of six colleges which are, College of Sciences, College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Medical and Health Sciences, College of Social and Management Studies and its College of Post Graduate Studies.
10. CARITAS UNIVERSITY
Located in Enugu, Caritas University was established by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Paul Matthew Edeh in the year 2005. It is formally affiliated with the Catholic Church of Nigeria. Caritas University, Enugu has six faculties which are Faculty of Education and Arts, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences. All of these faculties offer accredited undergraduate programmes in the University. The University’s mission is to revive the age-long tradition of Catholic education which promoted sound morals and quality education.
These are the top ten best private universities in Nigeria. The ranking is based on the Webometrics ranking which centres on academic excellence and accreditation factors.