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List of Universities in Lagos State

universities in Lagos state


There are eleven (11) Universities in Lagos of which two (2) are owned by the Federal Government, three (3) are State owned and six (6) are Private Universities.

Lagos State is a Nigerian state in the southwest. It is both the most populated and the smallest of the 36 states in terms of area. The state was founded on May 27, 1967, from the Western Region and the previous Federal Capital Territory, and is named after Lagos, Africa’s most populated city.

Federal Universities in Lagos State

There are two federal universities in Lagos state; National Open University of Nigeria and University of Lagos (UNILAG).

National open University of Nigeria

The National Universities Commission (NUC), the Nigerian government’s regulatory agency for all universities, first raised the idea of an Open University in 1976. During the Fourth National Development Plan, the NUC, then led by Prof. Jubril Aminu as Executive Secretary (1975-1979), sent a memo to the Federal Military Government recommending the establishment of an autonomous Open University for Nigeria (1981-1985). This was recognized by the federal government, and the concept was later included in the National Policy on Education in 1977.

As it stands now, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has established itself as a premier ODL institution in Africa, delivering functional, flexible, accessible, and cost-effective education to all who desire knowledge. It now has 78 Study Centers dispersed across the country’s six geopolitical zones. There are currently around 500 thousand students enrolled in the university.

NOUN uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to deliver an education tailored to the globalized economy as a faithful trustee of the Nigerian people. In the Arts, Health, Law, Physical, Social, Agricultural, and Management Sciences, the University offers unique academic programs that fulfill the special needs of all sectors of the global economy.

Faculties in National open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

  • Faculty of Arts 
  • Faculty of Health Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Physical 
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Agricultural
  • Faculty of Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

Admission Requirements for National open University (NOUN)

Requirements for Undergraduate programs.
  • A minimum of 5 O-level credits, including English Language and Mathematics, is usually required for undergraduate entrance at NOUN.
  • Some programs may have additional criteria, which can be found after selecting the Program and entry level on the Faculty’s admission website.
  • To apply for a program, go to the Faculty page, choose the program, and make sure the View Requirement button is turned on. By clicking this button, the matching entry requirement will be revealed, and the Apply button on the prepayment application page will be enabled.
  • Before submitting, fill in all of the remaining information on the page.
  • After submitting the pre-payment form successfully, you will be led to Remita to acquire an RRR invoice, which should be used to make payment for the application form.
  • When an applicant pays online with a credit card, the online form is automatically generated, which must be completed before submission.
  • Applicants who pay in person at a bank branch must select “Continue After Payment” and provide their Unique ID and RRR information. They are also given the option of changing the program for which they applied.
  • Candidates who paid with an RRR generated previous semester or earlier must do the application procedure again until they reach the remita page. When they click Proceed after payment, they should now use the newly produced UniqueID together with the previous RRR that was used for payment.
  • When the payment is successful, it will then develop an online application form, which should be completed before it is submitted online. The acceptance process is automated and the outcome is virtually instantaneous!
Requirements for Postgraduate programs
  • Applicants must fulfill all matriculation criteria of at least five (5) credit passes, including English Language and Mathematics, to qualify for admission into any of the University’s postgraduate programs. Some programs require a passing grade in mathematics.
  • Candidates for Postgraduate Diploma Programs must have either a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a NOUN Senate-approved university OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Lower Credit. The candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting must have been admitted to the bar. Candidates having professional certifications such as ACA, ACIS, ACIB, ACII, ACIA, and others may also be considered for admission to the school of Business and Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma programs.
  • Candidates for Master’s degree programs must have either a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field of study with a least of second class lower from a university recognized by the NOUN Senate. Holders of a lower classification who have a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience OR a Postgraduate Diploma in a related field of study from a recognized university OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Upper Credit in the relevant field of study may be considered on an individual basis. Candidates who hold a membership certificate from one of the required professional organizations are eligible to apply for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
  • Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree programs must have a master’s degree in a relevant subject of study from a recognized university by the Senate of the NOUN with a minimum score average of not less than 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 5-point scale.

University of Lagos (UNILAG)

The University of Lagos was established in 1962. It has three campuses in Yaba and Surulere at the moment. Two of its campuses are in Yaba (the main campus in Akoka and the newly created campus at the former School of Radiography), but its College of Medicine is in Surulere’s Idi-Araba. The fact that all three campuses are on the Lagos mainland is remarkable. Its main campus, located on 802 acres of land in Akoka, Yaba, is mostly encircled by a picturesque view of the Lagos lagoon.

Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science, and Social Sciences are among the twelve faculties at the University of Lagos. In most of the aforementioned programs, UNILAG, as the university is affectionately known, also provides Master’s and Doctorate degrees. 

The Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for African Regional Integration and Borderland Studies are also part of the organization. Accounting, Business Administration, Science Education, and Library / Information Sciences are among the courses offered by the University’s Distance Learning Institute (DLI).

Faculties in University of Lagos (UNILAG)

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration 
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences 
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences 
  • Faculty of Education 
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Law 
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences 

Admission Requirements for University of Lagos (UNILAG)

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry are the only ways to get into FULL-TIME undergraduate programs (DE).

  • The candidate must have five (5) O’Level credits or its equivalent, as determined by the department of interest.
  • Candidates must score at least 200 points in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board must have given the candidate’s information to the University of Lagos (JAMB).
  • The candidate must take the University’s POST-UTME Exam and get the specified minimum score.
  • ONLY FULL-TIME admission to undergraduate programs is processed by the University Admissions Office. Other University organs handle admission to other programs such as Foundation, Diploma, Distance Learning Institute (DLI), Post-graduate, and evening programs.
  • By the 31st day of OCTOBER in the year of admission, the candidate must have reached the age of SIXTEEN (16).

State Universities in Lagos State.

Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo

The Lagos State University (LASU), which is located in Ojo, was founded as a public university in 1983 by a Lagos State enabling statute. The university has been unrelenting in its pursuit of its mission of becoming a citadel of learning, a community with the trademark of excellence in teaching, research, and service to humanity, a catalyst as well as an agent for development, since its founding with the vision of pursuing the advancement of learning and academic excellence.

Professor Ibiyemi OLATUNJI-BELLO, MNI is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Faculties in Lagos State University (LASU)

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration 
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences 
  • Faculty of Dentistry 
  • Faculty of Education 
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law 
  • Faculty of Transport
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences 

Admission Requirements for Lagos State University (LASU)

  • Candidates must be up to 16 years old.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of six (6) “Cs (Credits)” in their O’level results (s).
  • Applicants must have a minimum score of 180 on the JAMB UTME exam.

Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH)

The Lagos State College of Science and Technology (previously known as Lagos State Polytechnic) was created on June 1, 1977, with the publication of Lagos State Edict No. 1 of 1978. Accountancy and Finance, Management and Business Studies, Insurance, Secretarial Studies, and Basic Studies were the five departments that started classes in January 1978 at a temporary site (currently the Isolo Campus). Later, they began offering GCE ‘A’ Level Arts and Sciences courses.

The School of Agriculture in Ikorodu was merged with the Institution on August 1, 1978, and it constituted the nucleus of the current permanent facility at Ikorodu. After ten years of operation, in 1988, The institution’s name was changed from Lagos State College of Science and Technology (LACOSTEC) to Lagos State Polytechnic by the Lagos State Government (LASPOTECH). Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu transformed the school into a university in 2021. 

Colleges in Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH)

  • College of Engineering & Technology
  • College of Environmental Design & Technology
  • College of Basic Sciences
  • College of Applied Social Sciences
  • College of Agriculture

Admission requirements for Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH)

  • Candidates seeking admission to 100-Level via the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must: obtain at least five (5) credit passes in relevant courses including English Language in not more than two sittings in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or equivalent;
  • For JAMB, you must achieve a minimum score in the UTME as determined by the university.
  • Obtain a passing score on the University’s Post-UTME examination.

Lagos State University of Education (LASUED)

The Lagos State University Of Education (LASUED) is an education University newly established in Lagos state, Nigeria. The University was founded in February 2022.This was accomplished through the merging of the then Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Oto-ljanikin (AOCOED) and the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED).

Lagos State University Of Education (LASUED) is a state-possessed University oversaw by the Lagos State Government.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was appointed acting Vice-Chancellor on the 12th of February 2022.

Colleges in Lagos State University of Education (LASUED)

  • College Of Language And Communication Arts Education (COLCAED)
  • College Of Humanities Education (COKED)
  • College of Information Technology (COITED)
  • College of Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education (COVED)
  • College of Management and Social Science
  • College of Specialized and Professional education (COLCAED)
  • College of Science Education (COSED)

Admission Requirements for Lagos State University of Education (LASUED)

  • Candidates seeking admission to 100-Level via the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must: obtain at least five (5) credit passes in relevant courses including English Language in not more than two sittings in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or equivalent;
  • For JAMB, you must achieve a minimum score in the UTME as determined by the university.
  • Obtain a passing score on the University’s Post-UTME examination.

Private Universities in Lagos State

Augustine University

Augustine University is at Ilara-Epe, Epe Local Government Area, Lagos State, along Igbonla Road.

“Foster Student Learning Through High-Quality, Career-Oriented Education, Integrating Personal Development, Technology, Business, and Management,” says the university’s mission statement. To suit the needs of a varied student population, Augustine University will provide practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs.

“To be a leading global provider of career-oriented educational services,” is the university’s vision statement. By providing great, responsive educational programs backed by exceptional student service and delivered with honesty and accountability, Augustine University will create value for society and all of its stakeholders. “Pro Scientia Et Moribus,” which translates to “For Learning and Character,” is the University’s motto.

Faculties in Augustine University

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences.

Admission Requirements for Augustine University

  • Candidates for admission to Augustine University must be at least 16 years old by October of the admission year. Everyone is welcome, regardless of gender, color, or creed. Before being offered admission to the University, prospective students must meet the following general requirements:
  • The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board will handle all admissions to the University (JAMB)
  • Candidates must meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the 100 level (UTME):
  • At least five (5) Ordinary level credit passes at SSCE (or its equivalent) in required topics, including English and Mathematics (in specified Courses), in no more than two sittings;
  • Candidates must likewise pass the JAMB-required Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in appropriate disciplines, as well as meet the University’s standards in a Post-UTME screening exercise for the course of study.
  • Candidates for admission to 200 level (Direct Entry) must have obtained at least two (2) A’ level (or equivalent) full passes in relevant subjects, or possess NCE, or a good first degree in another discipline, as the case may be, in addition to the five (5) Ordinary level credit passes specified above.
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pass the SSCE/NECO or an equivalent examination.

Caleb University, Lagos

On May 17, 2007, the Federal Government of Nigeria granted Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, a provisional license to operate as a private university. 

The National Universities Commission approved the start of part-time programs at the Caleb Business School (CBS) in 2012, as well as the launch of the College of Postgraduate Studies (COPOS), with the MSc Degree in Architecture starting in March 2013. 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) recognized the College of Education (COLED) in August 2018, and the NUC and the Council of Legal Education approved the College of Law in 2021.

Colleges in Caleb University

  • College of Environmental Science and Management
  • College of law
  • College of Pure and Applied Science
  • College of Education
  • College of Art, Social and Management Sciences
  • College of Postgraduate Studies

Admission Requirements for Caleb University

  • All applicants for COPAS, COSOMAS, and COES programs must apply through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), either through the University Matriculation Examination (UTME) Scheme or by direct entry. Candidates for the UTME must present proof of having taken and received the JAMB-required minimum UTME score. English Language, Mathematics, and other related subjects are among the UTME subjects.
  • In addition to the UTME score, the candidate must pass a minimum of five (5) O-level credit passes, including English Language, Mathematics, and other courses relevant to your proposed field of study, in one or two sittings at most.
  • Please visit the Caleb University Portal at for additional information.

Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos

Pan-Atlantic University has a strong Christian character, which is evident on campus and in the educational curriculum they provide. The University’s openness to people of various races and religions is a fundamental aspect of its identity.

The university’s mission statement is to “create competent and committed professionals and inspire them to serve the community in which they work with personal initiative and social responsibility, thereby helping to establish a better society in Nigeria and Africa at large.” This dream represents the University’s mission.

Faculties in Pan-Atlantic University

  • Faculty of Media and Communication
  • Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Technology

Admission Requirements for Pan-Atlantic University

  • A JAMB exam score of 220 or higher is required.
  • The results of the O’Level (5 credits, Mathematics and English inclusive )
  • Apply online at
  • Within the month of the session, an applicant must be at least 16 years old (for now, academic sessions in Pan-Atlantic University begin in October)
  • Combination criteria for UTME subjects.

Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State

Anchor University, Lagos, established in 2016, is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the metropolitan setting of the big town of Ayobo-Ipaja in Lagos. Anchor University, Lagos (AUL) provides courses and programs that lead to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees in a variety of fields.

Anchor University’s objective is to convey the required information, attitude, and skills to enable graduates to become self-sufficient practitioners, godly leaders, and globally relevant scholars.

Faculties in Anchor University

  • Faculty of Science and science Education
  • Faculties of Social and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities

Admission Requirements for Anchor university

  • Candidates who sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and chose Anchor University as their first or second option, or who wish to change to Anchor University, Lagos, are welcome to apply. The following are the requirements for admission to Anchor University.
  • In the UTME, you must score 160 or higher.
  • Mathematics and English are required. 5 credit passes in comparable topics at the ordinary level examinations (WAEC, NECO, IGSCE, NABTEB, etc.) are required. A credit pass in mathematics is not required for the Departments of English and Linguistics, French, History, and International Studies.

Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos

Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences (EkoUNIMED) is a medical school that is privately owned, non-sectarian, and co-educational.

EkoUNIMED, which stands for Excellence and Compassion, is a highly specialized university, a pioneer Private Medical University not only in Nigeria, but also in West Africa. The institution provides courses in Medicine and Surgery, Nursing Science, Dentistry and Dental Surgery, and other medical allied programs, as well as Information and Communication Technology, with an aim to generate world-class human resources to tackle global development issues.

From the beginning, the University has been committed to becoming an information and communication technology (ICT) compatible university. To stimulate outstanding academic research by staff and students alike, internet facilities are available 24 hours a day in every nook and crevice of the university.

Faculties in Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences

  • Faculty of Clinical  Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

Requirements to gain admission into Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences

  • All candidates must have a minimum of five (5) credit passes at the SSCE/GCE ‘O’ level through WAEC/NECO (or equivalent recognized by the University) in English language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics in not more than two (2) sittings.
  • Applicants must meet other extra suitability criteria, which might be an interview.

James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State

James Hope University in Lekki, Lagos, is dedicated to providing education that meets the highest international standards. The institution strives to include global models of academic achievement in order to enhance the information economy, accelerate inventions and breakthroughs, and move humanity’s economic and sociocultural lives forward. 

James Hope is building a School of Business that meets the highest academic standards through strategic alliances and collaboration with premier worldwide academic institutions and critical enablers. Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder of Zenith Bank, is funding James Hope through his non-profit foundation. Formal classes will begin in September 2023 at the university. Initially, master’s degree programs will be offered.

Programs offered in James Hope University, Lagos

  • Accounting
  • Banking and finance
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Actuarial sciences


In conclusion,There are eleven Universities inLagos state which comprise two (2) Federal, three (3) State, and six (6) Private Universities. All Universities mentioned in this article are accredited by the National University Commission (NUC). Therefore, if you are interested in getting a degree in a University located inLagos state, you can choose from the list given above.

Frequently Asked questions (FAQs)

Do NOUN students go for NYSC?

  • Nigeria’s National Open University has now caught up to the rest of the country’s universities. Which means that their students can go for NYSC.

Is LASU different from Lasued?

  • Yes, LASU is different from LASUED. As Lagos elevates its college of education to a university, AOCOED has become LASUED. The Lagos-based Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) has been elevated to the status of a university. Lagos State University of Education will henceforth be known as the institution (LASUED).

Does Caleb University require jamb?

  • To be considered for admission to Caleb University, candidates must have obtained a score of at least 160 (Caleb University cut-off mark) in the recently concluded JAMB UTME.).

Who owns Augustine University?

  • Augustine University, Ilara (AUI) is a private Catholic-owned university in Ilara, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is located in the Epe local government area.

Is Eko University of Medicine accredited?

  • Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC)

What is the cut off mark for Anchor university?

  • Anchor University, Lagos (AUL) is a fairly tiny coeducational higher education institution nominally affiliated with the Christian-Evangelical church (uniRank enrollment range: 500 – 999 students).

Does UNILAG accept a second choice?

  • Only First Choice candidates are considered for admission to the University of Lagos (UNILAG). UNILAG isn’t one of the schools that accepts Second-Choice applicants. This means that if you apply as a second choice, UNILAG would not accept you for admission, regardless of your JAMB score of 350 or above.

If you are considering schooling in the south western part of Nigeria, you can check out List of Universities in Ekiti state.

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