Ahmadu Bello University: Statistics

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#1835 of 14,131 In the World
#30 of 1,104 In Africa
#5 of 157 In Nigeria
#96 of 1,734 For Veterinary
Top50% For 90 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate78%
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 78% 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 11,441 scientific papers with 94,936 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

8,067 / 69,846
Environmental Science
6,644 / 58,677
6,090 / 48,277
5,775 / 54,543
4,892 / 42,096
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,257 / 36,660
4,235 / 34,794
3,762 / 33,565
Organic Chemistry
3,529 / 28,305
3,450 / 29,849
3,310 / 27,483
Geography and Cartography
3,238 / 28,547
3,134 / 31,145
Computer Science
2,868 / 23,748
2,754 / 31,232
Materials Science
2,555 / 20,306
Quantum and Particle physics
2,325 / 16,190
2,121 / 19,107
1,994 / 17,970
1,983 / 21,039
1,944 / 19,602
Political Science
1,889 / 12,652
1,793 / 12,410
Agricultural Science
1,758 / 15,219
1,752 / 14,890
1,689 / 10,460
1,689 / 16,237
1,650 / 14,781
1,608 / 9,624
1,597 / 14,155
1,503 / 14,229
1,459 / 8,297
Metallurgical Engineering
1,434 / 11,948
Public Health
1,402 / 21,727
1,175 / 9,511
1,127 / 17,494
1,123 / 10,414
1,078 / 9,557
Machine Learning
1,010 / 7,132
Development Studies
969 / 7,839

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 99 430
1991 71 424
1992 56 384
1993 62 424
1994 47 397
1995 60 381
1996 50 396
1997 58 412
1998 40 432
1999 33 408
2000 58 420
2001 54 492
2002 81 534
2003 89 651
2004 117 675
2005 136 851
2006 159 961
2007 85 1088
2008 98 1222
2009 120 1366
2010 238 1785
2011 223 1879
2012 257 2303
2013 347 2749
2014 419 3323
2015 468 3220
2016 534 3081
2017 546 3947
2018 654 4537
2019 845 6336
2020 1190 9197
2021 1361 13156
2022 996 14606
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 77)
    customs officerpolitician

    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)
    entrepreneurpoliticianuniversity teacher

    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 73)

    Ibraheem Yaqoub El-Zakzakypronunciation is a Nigerian religious leader. He is an imprisoned outspoken and prominent Shi'a Muslim leader in Nigeria. He is the head of Nigeria's Islamic Movement, which he founded in the late 1970s, when a student at Ahmadu Bello University, and began propagating Shia Islam around 1979, at the time of the Iranian revolution—which saw Iran's monarchy overthrown and replaced with an Islamic republic under Ayatollah Khomeini. Zakzaky believed that the establishment of a republic along similar religious lines in Nigeria would be feasible. He has been detained several times due to accusations of civil disobedience or recalcitrance under military regimes in Nigeria during the 1980s and 1990s, and is still viewed with suspicion or as a threat by Nigerian authorities. In December 2015, the Nigerian Army raided his residence in Zaria, seriously injured him, and killed hundreds of his followers. Since then, he has remained under state detention in the nation's capital pending his release, which was ordered in late 2016. In 2019, a court in Kaduna state granted him and his wife bail to seek treatment abroad but they returned from India after 3 days on the premises of unfair treatment and tough restrictions by security operatives deployed to the medical facility.

  4. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    1961-.. (age 62)
    academicinternational forum participantbanker

    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, 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 was 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 by the kano state government.

All 51 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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