University of Ilorin, Kwara.


University of Ilorin Description

About University of Ilorin

The University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, was established in 1975. It is a public non-profit educational institution. The University started off with its first set of 200 students in three (3) faculties; Faculty of Arts, Science and Education on a portion of the temporary campus of the Kwara state polytechnic which was the only campus of the University until January 1982 when it moved to a permanent and conducive site due to the influx of more students to the institution. Following the addition of more faculties and departments over the years, Unilorin currently has over fifteen (15) faculties, a college of health science, two (2) institutes, and a school of postgraduate studies. These faculties offer over 60 departmental courses recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs which run for 3-5, or 6 years depending on the course undertaken.


Unilorin is located in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. It was one of the first few institutions established by the Federal Military Government of Nigeria in 1975 and has since risen up the ranks to be one of the best and most sought-after universities in the country. With an enrollment range of 25,000-29,999 students, Unilorin was rated as the best University of 2014/1015 academic session according to the 4IC rankings. Currently, the University ranks as the 5th best in the country, and 2,002 in the world according to the ranking. The University has a selective admission process with prospective students having to meet up with the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark, and also pass the entrance examination in order to be eligible for admission.


The University of Ilorin provides academic and non-academic facilities to staff and students alike. These facilities range from conducive lecture halls, halls of residence, state of the art library, sporting complex, financial aids/ scholarship, and a host of other high-end facilities.


Faculties At The University of Ilorin

Unilorin offers widely accepted programmes and courses accredited by NUC and other national, and international accreditation bodies. Unilorin boasts of having over fifteen (15) faculties, and a college of Health Science with departments in related fields of higher learning for Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. The faculties include:

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Communication and Information Science

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Faculty of Environmental Science

Faculty of Life Science

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Management Science

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science

Faculty of Physical Science

Faculty of Social Science

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

College of Health Science


Courses offered At The University of Ilorin

The University offers accredited courses under over fifteen (15) faculties. Some of the courses offered for Undergraduate degree program include:

Faculty of Agriculture

  • B. Agriculture

  • B. Forestry and Wildlife

  • B.Sc. Agricultural extension and community development

  • B.Sc. Food Science

  • B.Sc. Home Economics

Faculty of Arts

  • Department of English

  • Department of French

  • Department of Arabic

  • Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages

  • Department of Performing Arts

  • Department of Religion

  • Department of History

Faculty of Communication and Information Science

  • Department of Computer Science

  • Department of Information and Communication Science

  • Department of Library and Information Science

  • Department of Telecommunication Science

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Adult and Primary Education

  • Department of Science Education

  • Department of Educational Management

  • Department of Arts Education

  • Department of Counsellor Education

  • Department of Human Kinetics Education

  • Department of Educational Technology….

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

  • Department of Chemical Engineering

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Department of Civil Engineering

  • Department of Agricultural Engineering

  • Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

  • Department of Food and Bioprocess Engineering…..

Faculty of Environmental Science

  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Department of Quantity Survey

  • Department of Estate Management

  • Department of Architecture….

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Public Law

  • Department of Private and Property Law

  • Department of Business Law

  • Department of Islamic Law

  • Department of Jurisprudence and International Law

Faculty of Management Sciences

  • Department of Accounting

  • Department of Business Administration

  • Department of Finance

  • Department of Public Administration

  • Department of Marketing

  • Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science

  • Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • Department of Pharmacognosy and Drug Development

  • Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practise

  • Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy

  • Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry

  • Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Faculty of Physical Science

  • Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry

  • Department of Mathematics

  • Department of Physics

  • Department of Statistics

Faculty of Social Science

  • Department of Economics

  • Department of Geography

  • Department of Political Science

  • Department of Sociology

  • Department of Psychology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

  • Department of Veterinary Anatomy

  • Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine

  • Department of Veterinary Pathology

  • Department of Veterinary Microbiology

  • Department of Veterinary Theriogenology and Production


College of Health Science

Broadly divided into two faculties: Faculty of Basic Medical Science, Faculty of Clinical Science

Faculty of Basic Medical Science

  • Department of Anatomy

  • Department of Hematology

  • Department of Chemical Pathology

  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology

  • Department of Physiology

  • Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Faculty of Clinical Science

  • Department of Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesia

  • Department of Paediatrics

  • Department of Behavioural Sciences

  • Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine

  • Department of Nursing

  • Department of Ophthalmology

  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology

  • Department of Radiology

The school of postgraduate studies also offers degree programmes for some of these courses, and the University has various centers and institutes issuing certificates to successful participants.


It is important to note that Unilorin is a Federal University, and as such, all the courses available at the institution are accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other relevant accreditation bodies.  


Admission Requirements Into The University of Ilorin

Admission requirements into Unilorin is a rigorous and selective process, with various faculties and departments having their own admission requirements. I’ll be dropping some general admission requirements for both prospective undergraduates and postgraduates.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduates:

Prospective candidates must obtain a minimum entry level requirement of 5’ Credits in SSCE/GCE/O’ level or its equivalent at no more than two sittings. The subjects passed must include a compulsory credit in Mathematics, English, and three other relevant subjects. Candidates must also sit for the compulsory JAMB examination, and must attain the prescribed cut-off mark.

In addition, Unilorin conducts screening examination for all candidates at various schedules and the dates will be conveyed back to successful applicants.


Application forms for 2017/2018 academic session are currently closed. Further information about subsequent application process for prospective undergraduates can be found at

Admission Requirements for Postgraduates:

Prospective candidates are advised to go through the University’s website for further information about the degree programs and courses offered for postgraduate programs. A general requirement for applicants include the following:

  • Candidates must be available when purchasing the application form and present their NYSC discharge certificate or exemption letter.

  • It is expected of candidates to fill the application form online and also scan original copies of relevant credentials.

  • A hardcopy of the application form and all supporting documents should be forwarded to the secretary, school of postgraduate studies, and transcripts from institutions, forwarded to the HOD of the department of your choice.

  • All candidates must also possess 5 O’ level credits in English, Mathematics and three other relevant subjects.

  • Candidates for the Master degree program who are graduates of Unilorin or other recognized Universities must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower, and must be applying for programmes in which they had their first degree. Applicants wishing to be admitted into programmes other than their first degree can also be admitted provided they pass the Senate approved qualification examination.

  • Applicants for Ph.D. degree programme must have a Master degree from the institution or any other institution recognized by the Senate with an average score of at least 60%. Qualification interviews and assessment would also be conducted for short-listed candidates by the relevant department.


Application forms for Masters/ Ph.D. for the 2017/2018 academic session is currently closed. Further information about the postgraduate admission process into Unilorin can be found at


Unilorin portal can be found at


Facilities at The University of Ilorin

The University is located in a large expanse of land and as such houses so many buildings and amenities. The facilities at the University include: academic and residential buildings, halls of residence, lecture halls and theatres, the University of Ilorin is also home to a

  • A seven-storey senate complex

  • The main University library

  • A Sugar Research Institute

  • Works yard

  • Student canteens

  • Conference rooms

  • Multipurpose Auditorium

The University just completed a 2,000 seat multipurpose auditorium for academic lectures, events, and other social activities.


Other Noteworthy's About University of Ilorin

“For travelers who intend to visit/prospective students of the institution, here are some things to note”:


Unilorin is in a very secure location, with experienced security personnel offering maximum security.

Things to do while at the University

  • Make extensive use of the library for study and research.

  • Get a degree.

  • Make inquiries.

  • Carry out a demographic student survey.

  • Attend educational, social and religious events.

What to Bring

  • Books and other educational materials.

Most Common Visitors

Staff, Students, Education enthusiasts and Researchers are the most common people that you will find on campus.

Best Features

Unilorin is a top class institution, one of the best in the country. The University offers the best in social and academic events with a promise to make you come back again.

School Fees at Unilorin

The University of Ilorin provides convenient tuition fees for prospective and returning students of the institution. A more detailed list of the fees for students can be found at

Notable Alumni

Some notable alumni of the institution:

  • Nkem Owoh; Nollywood actor.

  • Femi Adebayo; Nollywood actor.

  • Sarah Alade; Former acting Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

  • Johnson Bamidele Olawunmi; Former Director General, National Youth Service Corps.

  • Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin; Nigerian women’s rights activist.

  • Charles Ayo.

  • Ezekiel Adebiyi.

  • Akin Odebunmi.

And a host of other reputable Nigerians.

Dress Code At the University

According to a recent addition to the student dress code requirement of the institution banning the use of hair attachments on its campus, students would have to swallow the bitter pill of receiving stiff penalties if found flouting any of these rules. More detailed information about the Dress code at Unilorin can be found at

Writer’s Review

Unilorin is an institution to go to and get quality education.




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