Top 10 Most Desirable Nigerian Universities In 2016 [UTME Figures]


Each new year, the number of prospective undergraduates (Jambites) continue to escalate. Everybody has high hopes of being admitted to one university or the other in the country. It is true that this explosion has made it look like every university is in high demand but there are those that are in extreme demand.

Some candidates no longer care about the ranking of these institutions, so they go for the universities with lesser demands while some others insist on their choices of the best universities.

In 2015, the number of applicants for the JAMB examinations set a new record, with 1.7 million candidates sitting for the exams. The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) released a list revealing the Nigerian Universities with the most applicants from 2012 to 2016. However, Jamb did not release details for 2015 and 2017.

In 2012, the University of Benin was the most sought desirable university. However, it was surpassed by the University of Ilorin, Ilorin in 2013. UNIILORIN has since been the most desirable Nigerian University with a total of 411,340 applicants between 2012 and 2016. UNIBEN recorded 331,178, the second highest total for the four years. Following UNIBEN are UNN and UNILAG.

Imo State University was also the only state university to make to the list, appearing twice, first in 2012 at 9th place with 55, 834 applicants and 2013 at 8th place with 45, 169 applicants.

Here we bring you the latest available list of the top 10 most desirable universities in Nigeria.

10. University of Jos, Jos – 40, 366

9. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife – 45, 924


8. University of Ibadan, Ibadan – 59, 176


7. University of Lagos, Lagos – 60, 659


6.  Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka – 61, 862


5. Bayero University, Kano – 64, 220


4. University of Nigeria, Nsukka – 65, 954


3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – 75, 383


2. University of Benin, Benin – 81, 363


1. University of Ilorin, Ilorin – 103, 238


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