Obafemi Awolowo University
Obafemi Awolowo University
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About Obafemi Awolowo University

Obafemi Awolowo University formerly called the University of Ife is a Federal Government Owned University founded in 1962 and was subsequently renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in 1987 to commemorate the first premier of Western Region of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. OAU as the University is fondly called was established in rebuttal to the perceived politicization of higher education in Nigeria and the western region and also to fill the gaps in manpower needs.  With a mission “to promote by research and other means the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological problems”; the University started the first Faculty of Pharmacy in West Africa, the first department of Chemical Engineering and the first Electronics component in addition to Electrical Engineering.


OAU is situated in the suburb setting of the large town of Ife-Ife, Osun state, and it offers officially recognized higher education degrees, with courses officially accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other relevant professional bodies. Obafemi Awolowo University is a large co-educational higher institution with a population of over 30,000 students and provides several academic and non-academic facilities and resources to its students including a library, sporting facilities, health and medical facilities, as well as administrative services. Obafemi Awolowo has attained a foremost position among universities in Africa with a vibrant academic, social atmosphere and a high international reputation. According to the 4IC.org ranking, OAU currently ranks as the 6th best University in the country, and 2,191 in the world.


Obafemi Awolowo University Faculties

Obafemi Awolowo University offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in various fields of specialization. The University boasts of having over 13 faculties and two colleges- the College of Health Science and the College of Postgraduate Studies- in more than 70 departments. The Faculties at the University include the following:


  • Faculty of Agriculture

  • Faculty of Arts

  • Faculty of Administration

  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

  • Faculty of Clinical Science

  • Faculty of Dentistry

  • Faculty of Environmental Design and Management

  • Faculty of Education

  • Faculty of Pharmacy

  • Faculty of Science

  • Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Faculty of Technology

  • Faculty of Law.


Courses Offered At OAU

Below is a list of departmental courses offered for diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:

Faculty of Arts

  • Religion Studies

  • Philosophy

  • English

  • History

  • Foreign Languages

  • Fine Arts

  • Dramatic Arts

  • Music

Faculty of Clinical Sciences

  • Anaesthesia

  • Community Health

  • Dermatology and Venereology

  • Medicine

  • Mental Health

  • Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Perinatology

  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology

  • Paediatrics and Child Health

  • Radiology

  • Surgery

Faculty of Dentistry

  • Child Dental Health

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology

  • Preventive and Community Dentistry

  • Restorative Dentistry

Faculty of Education

  • Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

  • Educational Management

  • Educational Technology and Library Studies

  • Department of Physical and Health Education

  • Department of Arts and Social Science Education

  • Department of Science and Technology Education

  • Institute of Education

Faculty of Law

  • Business Law

  • Public Law

  • International Law

  • Jurisprudence and Private Law

Faculty of Pharmacy

  • Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration (CPPA)

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Pharmaceutics

  • Pharmacognosy

  • Pharmacology

  • Drug Research and Production Unit

Faculty of Science

  • Biochemistry

  • Botany

  • Chemistry

  • Mathematics

  • Microbiology

  • Geology

  • Physics

  • Zoology

Faculty of Agriculture

  • Agricultural Economics

  • Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology

  • Animal Science

  • Crop Science

  • Food Science and Technology

  • Plant Science

  • Soil Science

  • Food Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

Faculty of Technology

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

  • Agricultural Environmental Engineering.


Other courses offered include Anatomy and Cell biology, Haematology and Immunology, Architecture, Estate Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Psychology, Quantity Survey, Radiology, Nursing, Management and Accounting, e.t.c.


Facilities At Obafemi Awolowo University

OAU is equipped with standard facilities and resources which include: Halls of residence, Faculty buildings, lecture theatres and halls, administrative blocks, sports centre, access to medical health care through the medical centre, a library, Information Technology and Communication Unit, a teaching hospital, departmental laboratories, a bookshop and a host of other accessible facilities.


Admission Requirements Into Obafemi Awolowo University

Requirements for admission into OAU are grouped into general admission requirements and faculty or departmental course requirement.


OAU offers admission to 100 level and 200 level (Direct-Entry level or Diploma).

General Admission Requirements for Prospective Undergraduates:

  • You must have Credit passes in at least five subjects in SSCE/GCE or other equivalents at no more than two sittings. Compulsory credits are in English and Mathematics (Mathematics is a requirement except for candidates who seek admission in Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts, and for Bachelor of Arts in Education, Faculty of Education.

  • As a prospective applicant, you must apply for your desired course on the application form obtained from JAMB, and also attain the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark for the institution as well.

Faculty or Department Course requirements include having the stipulated O’ level subject combination and grades points.


Prospective students are advised to visit the undergraduate link under admissions on the University’s website at oauife.edu.ng to get more information about entry requirements; ensure that you have satisfied these requirements before the time you apply for admission.


General Admission Requirements for Prospective Postgraduates:

A general requirement for postgraduate admission into OAU is a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Letters, Philosophy, Science or an acceptable equivalent from a University approved by the school’s senate. If you a prospective applicant for masters, you must have an academic standing of a minimum of second class lower division or a grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum of second class upper division for candidates for Masters of Philosophy (MPhil); and an MPhil or Masters degree with research thesis in appropriate field with at least 60% weighted average score is required for admission to doctorate degree.


The postgraduate programmes available in OAU are:

  • Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate

  • Masters degree (MSc., MPhil., Ma, LLM, MEd., and MFA)

  • Doctorate degree.


How and When To Apply

You can apply for admission online by completing the online forms supplied on the pg portal of the University’s website.

Admission requests and mode of application are advertised by the University about June every year and admission is conducted twice in a year for Sciences and once every year for Humanity-based disciplines.

You can visit the postgraduate admission link on the University’s website for more details.


Things To Know About OAU

Safety/Security

OAU is located in a safe location.


What To Bring

Before heading to Obafemi Awolowo University, here are the things you can come along with:

  • Educational materials

  • Academic Documents

  • Research proposal


Things To Do

These are the following things you can do while you’re here:

  • Enrol for a course

  • Visit and get involved in various academic and social events

  • Make use of the extensive library

  • Grab a quick snack or food from the numerous eateries and canteens.

  • Take a walk and enjoy the view.


Notable Alumni

The University’s over 9,000 graduate alumni constitute many of the Nations professionals in many disciplines, including government officials, leading industrialists and prominent researchers and scholars in many universities. Below are a few of the reputable alumni:

  • Femi Otedola, Nigerian Oil Billionaire

  • Jimoh Ibrahim, Lawyer

  • Dele Momodu, CEO Ovation International Magazine

  • Femi Falana, Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer

  • Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN)

  • Lagbaja, Nigerian Musician

  • Afeez Oyetoro, Nigerian Actor

  • Femi Branch, Nigerian Actor

  • Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG

And a host of other prominent Nigerians.


Most Common Visitors

You’ll be sure to see and meet lecturers, students and researchers here.


OAU School Fees

Schools fees at OAU for the 2017/2018 academic session ranges from about N50,000 for fresh students, and from N20,000 for returning students in various faculties.


OAU Cut-off Marks

The University has faced a lot of backlash following the outrageous JAMB cut-off mark for each department for the 2017/2018 academic session recently released by the institution. Although some faculties like agriculture, science, education, and arts still cut 200, faculties like law, technology, college of health sciences, pharmacy, and social sciences cut as high as 250-290.


Writer’s Review

OAU imbibes the Yoruba culture in its architectural design that makes up amazing structures.


Comments By Notable Alumni

  • “Great Ife! Keep the flag flying”- Adegbayi Onabajo

  • “Life in the University as a fresher was overwhelming”- Aderemi Mabadeje


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