Ahmadu Bello University was established in October 4, 1962.
The University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Zaria, Kaduna. Ahmadu Bello University was named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern
The University has been officially accredited and recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria.
ABU offers courses and programs leading to officially
recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, and associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
This higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades.
The admission rate range is 90-100% making this Nigerian higher education organization a least selective institution.
In the over forty years of its existence, the ABU has grown to become the largest, and the most influential and diverse university in Nigeria.
Consisting of eighty-two (82) Academic Departments, twelve (12) Faculties, and twelve (12) Research Institutes and Specialized Centres, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in such diverse fields as Agriculture, Public and Business Administration, Engineering, Environmental Design, Education, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences.
University Name: Ahmadu Bello University
Nickname: ABU, Zaria
Year Established: 1962
University Motto: Discipline, Self-Reliance and Excellence
Academic Calendar: Semesters
The school has got the following faculties:
Faculty of Administration
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has other academic units and centres which includes the following:
Center for Historical Documentation and Research Arewa House
Centre for Energy Research and Training
Centre for Spacial Information Science
Centre for Islamic and Legal Studies
Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring
Directorate of Public Affairs
Directorate of University Advancement
Division of Agricultural Colleges
Gender Policy Unit
Institute of Administration
Institute for Agricultural Research
Institute of Computing & ICT
Institute of Development Research
Institute of Education
International Center of Excellence for Rural Finance & Entrepreneurship
National Animal Production Research Institute
National Agricultural Extension & Research Liaison Service
The institution runs Post Graduate Studies.
Accreditation: Ahmadu Bello University is accredited by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria.
Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations
Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN)
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN)
Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA)
Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN)
Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB)
Council of Legal Education (CLE)
Affiliations and Memberships
– Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
– Association of African Universities (AAU)
Degrees and Certificates Awarded: Multiple including Bachelor degrees, Masters Degrees, Doctorate degrees in several areas of study.