Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria-Sokoto Road, Zaria
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About Ahmadu Bello University
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) located in Zaria “the City of Knowledge” is a federal government owned and operated institution with a vast background. Following the recommendation of the Ashby Commission report, to create a University in Northern Nigeria, the University was established on October 4, 1962, and was widely regarded as the “University of Northern Nigeria” until it was renamed after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria.
ABU operates two campuses: the main campus in Samaru, a suburb of Zaria in Kaduna State, and Kongo (a mini-campus) located in Zaria. The main campus houses the administrative offices and the faculties of education, arts and languages, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, agricultural sciences, environmental design, medicine, and research facilities. The Kongo campus is home to the faculties of Law and Administration. ABU also has a pre-degree school located in Funta and is in charge of other institutes and centers situated in various locations.
The University has suffered its own share of political instability due to “its national character” (in drawing students and staff from diverse ethnic groups and race) but still claims to be the largest and most extensive University in Sub-Saharan Africa. This can be said to be true as the University runs a wide variety of Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, also offering associate degrees and other vocational and remedial programmes.
The courses offered at ABU are officially accredited and recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other relevant professional bodies leading to recognized degree programmes. ABU is a very large co-educational institution with an enrollment range of 30,000-35,000 students from every state of the nation, Africa and the rest of the world; and this is due to the fact that it has a less selective admission policy, admitting 90-100% of its applicants.
Nevertheless, the University has enough provision for its students as it provides several academic and non-academic facilities including, an extensive library, lecture halls and faculty buildings, halls of residence, staff quarters, sports facilities, as well as administrative services.
ABU currently ranks as the 2nd best University in the Country, and 1,189 in the world, and has over the years produced an extensive alumni list consisting of notable and prominent Nigerian.
Ahmadu Bello University Faculties
ABU boasts of been the largest institution in Nigeria, with over 82 Academic Departments, 12 Faculties, and 12 Research Institutes and Centers. The University has the following faculties.
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Administration
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Environmental Design
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Pharmacy; and
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Courses Offered At Ahmadu Bello University
As stated earlier, ABU has over 82 academic departments in various faculties. Here are some of them:
Faculty of Administration, we have;
-Local Government and Development Studies
Faculty of Agriculture
-Agric Economics and Rural Sociology
Faculty of Arts consists of the following departments:
-African Languages and Cultures
-Theatre and Performing Arts
Faculty of Education includes the following departments:
-Arts and Social Science Education
-Educational Foundation and Curriculum
-Educational Psychology and Counselling
-Library and Information Science
-Physical and Health Education
-Vocational and Tech Education
Faculty of Engineering
-Electrical and Computer Engineering
-Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Environmental Design, we have;
-Urban and Regional Planning...
At the Faculty of Law, you can offer:
-Public Law, and
Faculty of Science offer departmental courses such as;
Faculty of Social Sciences, we have;
And other departmental courses at the faculties of Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine.
Ahmadu Bello University Admission Requirements
Studying in ABU, you have to be conversant with the programmes offered in each faculty in order to choose correctly your desired course. The University has a long list of courses offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, a detailed list on this has been provided above; take time to go through it before making a decision. It’s also advisable that you frequent the institution, make inquiries or more conveniently, visit the school website for reliable information on admission process in the institution, and for other news.
For Prospective Undergraduates:
As a prospective candidate seeking admission in Ahmadu Bello University, its advisable that you go through specific admission requirements for the courses offered in the institution on the JAMB website, or the UTME Brochure published every year. Asides this, here are some general requirements:
You are required to have at least 5 credit passes in your O’level result or its equivalent at no more than two sittings. The subjects passed should include English Language, Mathematics, and any other three, based on the subject combination for your desired course of study.
You must register for JAMB, sit for the examination, and attain the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark for your course. This would make you eligible to;
Sit for the Post-UTME examination organized by the institution. Bear in mind that you must attain the exact Post-UTME cut-off mark or preferably score higher so as to increase your chances of getting admitted.
If successful, your name comes out on the admission list released by ABU and you’ll be informed of subsequent steps to take.
Please note that application forms for the 2017/2018 academic session are currently closed. Further information about admission in ABU and related news would be posted on the University’s website.
For Prospective Postgraduates
ABU offers postgraduate programmes at PGD, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. The courses offered in these levels are relatively the similar offered at the Undergraduate level. The admission requirements for PG students at the institution isn’t so different from the general requirements requested in other universities. These requirements may include, obtaining 5 credit passes in SSCE/GCE or other equivalents, having a Bachelor degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division for PGD and Masters students or having a Masters degree with a weighted average score of 60% for Ph.D. programmes.
Asides all these, you may be requested to write an entrance examination depending on your proposed programme. Other requirements may also include, NYSC Discharge Certificate/ Exemption letter, and also your academic transcript.
More details about the PG school at ABU, PG admission requirements, programmes available and lots more can be found on the University’s website.
Ahmadu Bello University website can be found at abu.edu.ng.
Ahmadu Bello University Facilities
ABU is home to the following: administrative buildings, lecture halls, halls of residence, staff quarters, student and staff portals, faculty buildings, research centres and institutes, an ICT centre, a teaching hospital, a farm, cafeteria’s and canteens, an online learning management system, an open courseware portal, a library, an Open Educational Resource which provides an online journal system, and lots more.
Other Noteworthy Information
Looking at taking a tour around one of the Largest Universities in the country, or are you a prospective student of the institution? Here are a few things to note:
Weather At the University
ABU experiences weather conditions accustomed to its location in Zaria. Zaria, one of the largest cities in Nigeria possess a tropical continental climate with a pronounced dry season lasting up to seven months (October-May). During the dry season, a cool period is usually experienced between November and February, and this emanates from the influence of the North-easterly winds. The rainy season also comes and lasts from May to September, sometimes extending to October. It's also advisable to note that the University experiences its own fair share of harsh weather conditions.
Security On Campus
ABU is located in a very secure location with seasoned security personnel.
What To Bring
Before heading to Ahmadu Bello University, here are some useful things to come along with:
Things To Do
Enroll for full-time or part-time course(s)
Attend educational and social events
ABU has an extensive alumni list, here are a few prominent Nigerians on the list:
Atiku Abubakar GCON, Former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Namadi Sambo, Former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Samuel Oboh, Renowned Architect
Oladipo Diya, GCON, Former Vice President/CGS, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Turai Yar’Adua, Former First Lady of Nigeria
Nuhu Ribadu, Former EFCC Chairman
Jerry Gana, Former Information Minister
Mohammed Bawa, Former Ekiti State Governor
Abubakar El-Kanemi, Shehu of Borno
Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, Current IGP, Nigeria Police Force.
And a host of other reputable Nigerians holding it down in their diverse fields.
ABU is the largest University in Nigeria and the second largest in Africa covering a land area of 7,000 hectares and encompassing 12 academic faculties, a large and prominent teaching hospital, a postgraduate school and 82 academic departments.
Ahmadu Bello University campus creates a stunning backdrop for all that happens within the University, offering unparalleled resources to the University community, including laboratories, libraries, museums and research centers to support scholarly work in any field or discipline. ABU student experience is characterized by unlimited possibilities and after graduation, students join the ABU Alumni Association, which has nearly 360,000 alumni worldwide including Head of States, Governors, Prominent personalities in the private sector and many more.
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