It is certain that Nigeria is blessed with so many prestigious universities, from their beauty, to their VC’s , the numerous awards they have gotten, down to their LANDMASS. Most Nigerian universities student are curious to know which university has the largest landmass, because some of them loves to tour round their school, others just want to know all the hidden corners of the school. Either ways if you are one of those students who has always wondered which university is the biggest. Then you are in luck, because this post got you covered. Let’s dive in shall we?

In a numerical descending order


University of Ibadan also known as UI is located in IBADAN, Oyo state. It is also called the PREMIER UNIVERSITY as it is the first Federal university in Nigeria.This great school made it to our list of top 10 biggest Nigerian Universities by their landmass through the ownership of 1,032 hectares of land. It is the oldest in the country.


Do not be perplexed about the name of the school. It was given that name because It is the first of its kind in the entire Sub-Saharan, Africa. AUN is a private university in Yola, Nigeria. It offers an American-styled liberal art higher education at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Being styled to be an American school in all ramification of an education system, as a student, you get to experience magnificent edifices, environment, facilities, and staffs. It has succeeded in owning over 2,400 acres of land.

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Redeemer’s University is a private Christian university founded by the Redeemed Christian church of God, The University was founded in 2005 and is located in Osun State south western Nigeria.The university isn’t so diverse in terms of religious beliefs as it is a Christian university, however it is culturally diverse as it admits students irrespective of their cultural background.The current land it occupies is 2,006 acres which make RUN the 8th in the Top 10 biggest university in Nigeria by Landmass.


This school is located in Owerri, Imo State. It is the biggest technology university in the Southeast and South-south region. The school sits on 4,048 hectares of land. It is for this reason that FUTO is number 7 of our Top 10 biggest universities in Nigeria.No doubt, the Federal University Of Technology Owerri, FUTO is one of the best schools in Nigeria with more than 40-degree programmes, faculties and institutes.

I know you all are anticipating to see which university gets to the top list. Let’s continue shall we ?

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ABU was founded on October 4, 1962. Initially, the institution was called the University of Northern Nigeria. ABU is mainly a research institute that the FG of Nigeria created and runs. You can find the school in Zaria, a city in Kaduna State. The government established this academy in 1962 with the former name University of Northern Nigeria. The university owns two campuses. The main campus is in Samaru and houses most of the faculties and the administration body of the institution. The second you can find in Kongo which the admin uses to run the faculty of Administration and Law. The school owns at about 7,000 hectares of land in it’s name. Intriguing right?

Moving on……….


This university owns at about 8,000 hectares of land. It is a public research university located in Benin city Edo state. It is among the university owned by the Federal government of Nigeria and was founded in 1970. The school currently has two campuses with fifteen faculties including a central library called JOHN HARRIS LIBRARY.


This institution was established 1 January 1988 after the federal authorities eliminated four technological universities previously united in 1984. Located in Abeokuta the capital city of Ogun State, the school was not always standing alone. Before its creation in 1988, in the year 1984, the governing body of the country felt it necessary to merge FUNAAB with four other universities. It is a Federal government establishment, and since its creation, the school has continued to function under the administration of the government.The total size of FUNAAB is 10,000 hectares.


As the name implies, UniAbuja is located in the heart of the Federal capital of Nigeria, Abuja. It would be strange if the residents of the capital did not have an impressive educational institution nearby. The third largest university in Nigeria was founded in Abuja on January 1, 1988. The university currently offers 1539 courses. UNIABUJA has 15,000 students and 1700 lecturers.Presently, the institution boasts of 11,284 hectares of land, housing its education buildings and residential structure.


Oau popularly known as “Great ife” also known to be Africa’s most beautiful campus was founded in 1961.You can find this academy in the old city of Osun State, Ile-Ife. The motto of the school is for learning and culture, based on that, the school offers admission to post-graduates and undergraduates in several disciplines. You can go for the natural science, medical science, art and more. Obafemi Awolowo University stands second in our list of top 10 biggest universities in Nigeria by landmass because of its 13,000 hectares campus. The institute has continued to grow in mass and size. Right now, it houses 35,000 students and counting.

For the grand finale……

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Top on this list of universities in Nigeria with the largest landmass is the University of Ilorin. It is the largest university in Nigeria, occupying 15,000 hectares of land.University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, is a federal government-owned university in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
While in its inception it began with just three faculties offering training courses to 200 students, now it has over 15 faculties providing educational services to thousands of interested students.Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, made the disclosure in Ilorin at the official presentation of items purchased by the 1988 University set of the Faculty of Agriculture.
He also explained that the institution was currently using just five percent of the total 15,000 hectares of its landmass.

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16 replies on “Top 10 Universities With The Largest Landmass In Nigeria.”

  • Anonymous
    May 31, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Thank you for the write up. Kindly edit the typo on Redeemer’s University as it is located in Osun not Ogun in the S/West.p

    • Iconic
      June 1, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      It was osun I wrote. Pls check again.
      Thanks 🙂

    • Mohammad El-Amin Idris
      June 1, 2022 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you for the update.
      I thought ABU with landmass extending from Zaria town in kaduna state to Funtua in Katsina state may have yhe largest landmass. But I am surprised that it did not come second or third but sixth.
      Did you based your measurements on the land ocvupied by structures or the total land owned?

      • Iconic
        June 3, 2022 at 8:22 am

        Good day🙂.
        The article says Top 10 university with the largest landmass

  • Professor Francis Ibe MOGU
    May 31, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Did you verify the Land mass status of the University of Calabar, especially the undeveloped land beyond the Ikang River, opposite the Main UNICAL Library? I believe UNICAL has one of the largest landmass allocation among Nigerian Universities. The absence of a bridge linking UNICAL to the Land beyond the Ikang River has stalled the development of that Land by the institution. The Federal Government should as a matter of utmost urgency, construct a durable bridge to enable UNICAL expand her infrastructure beyond the Ikang River. Thanks immensely!

    • Iconic
      June 1, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks for the information sir🙂

  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    That’s the reason why unilorin is better by far

    • Iconic
      June 3, 2022 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Godson Okpala
    June 3, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    You said the list is in descending order, the opposite is the case.
    Again you confused hectare and acre as in number one and number two from the top

    • Iconic
      June 4, 2022 at 8:12 am

      Good day sir 🙂. How’s the case opposite? The article says in a “numerical descending order”. I included the word “numerical” pls don’t get yourself confused

      • Iconic
        June 4, 2022 at 8:17 am

        Meaning 10, 9, 8,…….. 1

      • Olayiwola Donald Olakunle
        June 5, 2022 at 2:21 pm

        I am impressed about the vastness of our land but this information got me depressed when I think of brain drain. atrophy of bright minds, decay of talents, and delapidation of the edifices that our forefathers bequited to us, and today the prodigals sons and daughters in the universities and in government are causing to waist away. I just travelled through Ife a couple of hours ago, I felt like crying when I saw the school we used to call great Ife. The entrance road is now a big shame. O, God deliver Nigeria from these vampires called leaders.

        • Iconic
          June 5, 2022 at 5:07 pm

          I feel your pain sir 🥲

        • Iconic
          June 5, 2022 at 5:07 pm

          Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Anonymous
    June 3, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    The image you put for University of Ilorin is that of University of Ibadan

    • Iconic
      June 4, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks for noticing it. It has been corrected 💯