Ahmadu Bello University: Statistics



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#2228 of 14,131 In the World
#37 of 1,104 In Africa
#6 of 157 In Nigeria
#90 of 1,957 For Veterinary
Top50% For 97 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate8%
Admissions RequirementsDirect entry for holders of the Higher School Certificate (General Certificate of Education, Advanced ('A') level). Evidence of minimum standard in English
Academic CalendarOctober to July

We've calculated the 8% acceptance rate for Ahmadu Bello University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Ahmadu Bello University has published 12,985 scientific papers with 100,723 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Physics, Ecology, Organic Chemistry, and Genetics.


Ahmadu Bello University majors

by publication & citation count

9,211 / 79,230
Environmental Science
7,572 / 63,409
7,011 / 60,325
6,544 / 53,030
5,645 / 48,338
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,948 / 34,959
4,881 / 43,423
4,389 / 41,372
Organic Chemistry
4,085 / 36,479
3,965 / 37,019
3,844 / 35,549
Geography and Cartography
3,688 / 27,662
3,620 / 33,019
Computer Science
3,455 / 22,546
3,153 / 28,328
Materials Science
2,947 / 25,918
Quantum and Particle physics
2,758 / 21,633
2,404 / 22,735
2,336 / 13,628
2,276 / 19,787
Political Science
2,267 / 14,674
2,245 / 16,062
2,148 / 14,347
2,015 / 13,497
Agricultural Science
2,006 / 18,113
1,990 / 11,468
1,968 / 13,042
1,864 / 10,915
1,863 / 17,068
1,842 / 12,617
1,797 / 9,234
Metallurgical Engineering
1,707 / 16,169
1,664 / 8,803
Public Health
1,589 / 14,634
1,366 / 11,793
1,278 / 12,809
1,252 / 12,296
1,226 / 11,257
Machine Learning
1,223 / 9,876
Development Studies
1,113 / 8,575

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 77 486
1992 58 447
1993 64 492
1994 52 453
1995 63 448
1996 55 425
1997 60 469
1998 39 476
1999 39 451
2000 60 487
2001 56 541
2002 82 585
2003 93 730
2004 116 751
2005 143 928
2006 166 1037
2007 84 1159
2008 96 1270
2009 123 1437
2010 250 1909
2011 235 2059
2012 274 2554
2013 364 2949
2014 421 3559
2015 472 3380
2016 568 3105
2017 564 3506
2018 691 4247
2019 885 5261
2020 1264 7585
2021 1383 10383
2022 1114 13020
2023 1208 14979
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Ahmadu Bello University gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per year)
Undergraduate (Nigerian students) ₦41,000 - ₦55,000
Undergraduate (International students) $1,500 - $3,000
Postgraduate (Nigerian students) ₦60,000 - ₦100,000
Postgraduate (International students) $2,500 - $5,000

The currency used is Nigerian Naira (₦) and US Dollars ($)

Ahmadu Bello University has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Ahmadu Bello University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Master's Degree Accountancy, African Languages, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Building Technologies, Business Administration, Business Education, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Psychology, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Finance, Fine Arts, Fishery, French, Geography, Geology, Health Education, History, Home Economics Education, Law, Library Science, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgical Engineering, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Regional Planning, Science Education, Sociology, Sports, Statistics, Textile Technology, Theatre, Town Planning, Transport Management, Zoology
Doctor of Philosophy Accountancy, African Languages, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Husbandry, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Building Technologies, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Crop Production, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Finance, Fine Arts, French, Geography, Geology, History, Industrial Design, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Regional Planning, Sociology, Soil Science, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Textile Technology, Theatre, Town Planning, Veterinary Science

Ahmadu Bello University alumni

  1. Atiku Abubakar

    Atiku Abubakar
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    1946-.. (age 78)
    politiciancustoms officer

    Atiku Abubakar is a Nigerian politician and businessman who served as the vice president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. He ran as governor of Adamawa State in 1990, 1996, and in 1998, when he was finally elected before he became Obasanjo's running mate during the 1999 presidential election and was re-elected in 2003.

  2. Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

    Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    1951-2010 (aged 59)
    university teacherpoliticianentrepreneur

    Umaru Musa Yar'Adua was a Nigerian politician who served as the president of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010. He was declared the winner of the Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.

  3. Ibrahim Zakzaky

    Ibrahim Zakzaky
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    1950-.. (age 74)

    Ibraheem Yaqoub El-Zakzakypronunciation is a Nigerian religious leader. An outspoken and prominent Shi'a leader in Nigeria, he was imprisoned several times for his struggle against injustice, especially the system of corruption in his country. He claims that only Islam can proffer solution to the complex socio-political problems, which has over the years stagnated the country's development plans. In a lecture he has delivered in marking the occasion of Sheikh Uthman Bn Fodio Week (May 2023) organized by the Academic Forum of Islamic Movement, Zakzaky disclosed that he is continuing the Jihad of Uthman Bn Fodio to make sure that Islam becomes the ruling religion in not only Nigeria but the whole West Africa. In a lecture delivered on the same occasion in Sokoko (20 May 2023), one of his proponents, Dr. Nasir Hashim has claimed that Zakzaky’s dream is the only hope for Africa.

  4. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    1961-.. (age 63)
    bankerinternational forum participantacademic

    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, CON, known by the religious title Khalifa Sanusi II (Ajami: خليفة السنوسي), is a spiritual leader in the Tijanniyah Sufi order of Nigeria. He is a member of the Dabo dynasty and the 14th emir (Sarki) of the ancient city-state of Kano. He was born in Kano in 1961 into the royal family as the grandson of Muhammadu Sanusi I. He succeeded his great-uncle Ado Bayero to the throne on 8 June 2014, and spent most of his reign advocating for cultural reform in Northern Nigeria, until his dethronement on 9 March 2020.

All 64 notable alumni

Ahmadu Bello University faculties and divisions

Centre : Computer Computer Science
Centre : Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies Development Studies, Safety Engineering
Centre : Energy Research and Training Energy Engineering
Centre : Equipment Maintenance and Development Maintenance Technology
Centre : Islamic Legal Studies Islamic Law
Faculty : Administration Accountancy, Administration, Banking, Business Administration, Development Studies, Finance, Government, Management, Public Administration
Faculty : Agriculture Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Crop Production, Soil Science
Faculty : Arts African Languages, Arabic, Archaeology, Arts and Humanities, Communication Studies, English, French, History, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages, Museum Management, Performing Arts, Theatre, Video
Faculty : Education Administration, African Languages, Agricultural Education, Arabic, Art Education, Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, Child Care and Development, Christian Religious Studies, Clothing and Sewing, Curriculum, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, English, Family Studies, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages Education, Health Education, Home Economics Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Information Management, Information Sciences, Islamic Studies, Library Science, Mathematics Education, Native Language Education, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Education, Science Education, Social Studies, Sports, Sports Management, Technology Education, Textile Technology, Vocational Education
Faculty : Engineering Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Equipment, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Power Engineering, Road Engineering, Water Science
Faculty : Environmental Design Architectural and Environmental Design, Architecture, Building Technologies, Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Surveying and Mapping
Faculty : Law Civil Law, Commercial Law, International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy, Islamic Law, Law, Private Law, Public Law, Real Estate
Faculty : Medicine Anatomy, Chemistry, Epidemiology, Immunology, Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Physiology, Public Health
Faculty : Pharmaceutical Science Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy
Faculty : Science Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Development Studies, Fishery, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Information Technology, Inorganic Chemistry, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Radiophysics, Rural Planning, Statistics, Textile Technology, Zoology
Faculty : Social Science Administration, Criminal Law, Development Studies, Economics, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Studies, Justice Administration, Mass Communication, Police Studies, Political Sciences, Protective Services, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology
Faculty : Veterinary Medicine Anatomy, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Entomology, Histology, Microbiology, Neurology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Surgery, Toxicology, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Science
School : Postgraduate Accountancy, Administration, African Languages, African Studies, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Arabic, Archaeology, Botany, Business Administration, Business Education, Child Care and Development, Clothing and Sewing, Crop Production, Curriculum, Development Studies, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Psychology, English, Family Studies, Finance, Foreign Languages Education, French, Government, Health Education, History, Home Economics, Home Economics Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Information Sciences, Library Science, Literature, Management, Mathematics Education, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Physiology, Plant and Crop Protection, Public Administration, Religious Education, Rural Studies, Science Education, Sociology, Soil Science, Sports, Sports Management, Technology Education, Theatre, Vocational Education
Unit : National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services Agriculture

General information

Alternative names ABU
Founded 1962
Accreditation National Universities Commission (NUC)
Motto Discipline, Self-Reliance and Excellence
Colors blue, green

Location and contacts

Address PMB 1045
City population 408,000

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