Federal University and Private Universities in Lagos State Nigeria; Which is Better

In this article, we will be taking a close look at the Federal vs Private University in Lagos State Nigeria. We will first of all try to understand the operations of each school and then go ahead to compare them with each other. The aim is to know which of the institutions is better and how to access it.

Lagos Federal vs Private University; Which is Better? Check!

What are they? Federal vs Private University in Lagos State

Firstly, we will be looking at the definition of the Federal vs Private University in Lagos State. Then we will go ahead to outline their differences.

What are Federal Universities?

Federal Universities are Tertiary Education institutions that are run and managed by the Federal Government of Nigeria. There are 40 federal universities in Nigeria. Federal universities are educational institutions that receive funding and support from the federal government of a country. These universities are typically operated and regulated by the government and often offer a wide range of programs and research opportunities. They are usually more affordable for citizens, as government funding helps keep tuition costs lower. Lagos State has two Federal Universities, namely; National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos, and the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG). For the sake of this article, we will be looking at the University of Lagos, Lagos State.

What are Private Universities?

Private universities, on the other hand, are not funded or operated by the government. Instead, they are privately owned and funded by individuals, organizations, or corporations. Private universities often rely on tuition fees, donations, and endowments to cover their operating costs. They may offer a variety of programs and degrees but tend to have higher tuition fees compared to their public counterparts. Lagos State has six private universities namely; Augustine University, Caleb University, Lagos, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State, Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos and James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State.

Differences between Federal vs Private Universities

Federal universities in Nigeria are not as expensive as Private Universities as they are funded by the Federal Government, In terms of Tuition most federal University School fees are Below N100,000. Federal Universities are larger than private universities in terms of Space and student population. They also offer Diploma and More Bachelor Degree courses than Most Private Universities. Some Federal Universities specialize in Agriculture, Science, and Technology.

As earlier mentioned Federal Universities have large student bodies, Students from different parts of the country with different backgrounds and religious beliefs are enrolled. This allows intakes to learn the lifestyle, behavior, and values of different people. More or less Students in Federal Universities become street smart and can adapt in almost any part of the country.

NUC Ranking of the Federal vs Private University in Lagos

Secondly, we are going to be looking at the NUC ranking of the Federal vs Private University in Lagos State.

NUC Ranking of the Federal University in Lagos

The University of Lagos ranked 2nd in Nigeria, 1459th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 50% across 114 research topics.

NUC Ranking of the Private University in Lagos

Augustine University ranked 123rd in Nigeria and 11793rd in the World 2023 overall rankings with an enrollment of 1000, founded in 2015.

Caleb University ranked 78th in Nigeria, 7784th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in 17 research topics.

Pan-Atlantic University ranked 53rd in Nigeria, 6468th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in 74 research topics.

The Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences ranked 151st in Nigeria and 13091st in the World 2023 overall rankings with enrollment of 500

Which has a Better NUC Ranking?

From the information obtained above, the Federal University in Lagos State has a better NUC ranking than the Private Universities in Lagos State.

Admission; Federal vs Private University in Lagos

Thirdly, let’s consider the requirements or qualifications for entry into the Federal vs Private University in Lagos State.

Jamb Cut-off Mark of the Federal University in Lagos State

Consequently, the cut-off mark for all degree courses offered by the University of Lagos stands at 200. Therefore, only candidates who achieved a minimum score of 200 are eligible to apply for these degree programs.

Jamb Cut-off Mark of the Private University in Lagos State

The cut-off mark for all courses in Augustine University 2023/2024 academic session is 180. This implies that only those with 180 and above will be considered for admission.

Caleb University’s JAMB cut-off mark is 160. UTME candidates who score 160 and above are qualified to participate in the Caleb University post-UTME screening.

Candidates must have obtained a JAMB score of 220 and above in the 2023/2024 UTME Examination to be admitted into Pan-Atlantic University.

Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos cut-off mark is 180 to qualify for admission in all courses.

Which has a Higher Jamb Cut-off Mark?

As a result of the information obtained above, the Federal University in Lagos State has a higher Jamb cut-off mark as compared to the Private Universities in Lagos State except for the Pan-Atlantic University which is higher.

Diversity

Fourthly, we will be discussing the cultural diversity of the Federal vs Private University in Lagos State.

Which Tribe Majorly Attends the Federal University in Lagos?

The Federal University in Lagos has various tribes attending it. Therefore, it is quite difficult to state the tribe that majorly attends the University. The students come from various cultures all over the country.

Which Tribe Majorly Attends the Private University in Lagos?

The tribe that majorly attends the Private Universities in Lagos is the Yoruba tribe. Even though the schools are open to everyone, the fact that they lack publicity as compared to the federal university is one of the major reasons that affect its level of cultural diversity.

Which has More Ethnic Group Mixture?

It is safe now to conclude that the Federal University in Lagos has more ethnic group mixture. The private universities do not have cultural diversity.

School Fees of the Federal vs Private University in Lagos

Finally, we will be talking about the cost of schooling in the Federal vs Private University in Lagos State. Then we will compare the results.

School Fees of the Federal University in Lagos State

Unilag New students without labs will pay 126,325 Naira while those with labs will pay 176,325 Naira. Returning students vary from 100,000 Naira to 200,000 Naira depending on the course of study.

School Fees of the Private University in Lagos State

The Augustine University school fees for the 2023/2024 academic session range from N300,000 to N500,000 depending on your course of study and level.

Caleb University’s school fees are typically N214,500 Naira per semester.

Pan-Atlantic University Lagos school fees range from N2,000,000 to N3,000,000.

 Eko University of Medical School fees is ₦850,000 for Academic Session.

Which is More Expensive?

Based on the information above, the Private Universities in Lagos are more expensive than the Federal University in Lagos.

Conclusion  

Now, to answer the question of which of the universities is better may be difficult because ‘better’ is relative. But here are our findings; the federal university in Lagos is cheaper, but requires a higher Jamb cut-off mark for admission. It also has more cultural diversity and a higher NUC Ranking.

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