With private universities now fully integrated into the Nigerian educational system, there has been a scramble by those who can afford to run one to establish their own. Consequently, Nigerian churches are not left behind in this movement. The role of the church in education is well documented especially in Nigeria. Currently, there are a total of 79 approved private universities out of a total 169 licensed universities in Nigeria. 39 of these universities are church owned/affiliated. Another 15 are in different stages of development that would lead to approval thereby increasing the number of church owned universities in Nigeria.
A comprehensive list of all church owned universities in Nigeria as well as their proprietors is given below. We present a comprehensive report of the Church owned universities/church affiliated universities and their proprietors in Nigeria as at today.
Adeleke University located in Ede, Osun state is owned by Dr. Deji Adeleke.
Ajayi Crowther University is owned by Anglican Communion of Nigeria. It is located in Oyo town, Oyo state.
Anchor University – Owned by Deeperlife Bible Church. It is located in Ipaja, Lagos State.
Babcock University – Owned by 7th Day Adventist. It is located in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state.
Benson Idahosa University is owned by Church of God Mission. It is located in Benin city, Edo state.
Bingham University is owned by Evangelical Churches Winning All (ECWA). The university is located along Abuja-keffi Road, New karu, Abuja.
Bishop Godfrey Okoye University is owned by Catholic Dioecese of Enugu. The university is located in Enugu, Enugu state.
Bowen University – Owned by Nigerian Baptist Convention. It is located in Iwo, Osun state.
Caritas University is owned by Rev Fr Edeh. It is located in Amorji-Nike, Enugu state.
Catholic University of Nigeria(Veritas) is owned by Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. The University is located in Abuja.
Chosen Crown University is owned by The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Renewal Ministries. It is located in Mgbidi, Imo state.
Covenant University is owned by World Mission Agency (WMA) of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel. The University is located in Ota, Ogun state.
Clifford University, is located in Owerrinta, Abia state. It is owned by Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Crawford University is owned by Apostolic Faith Mission. It is located in Igbesa, Ogun state.
Dominican University, Ibadan is owned by Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community (Catholic). The University is located in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Dominion University is located in Ibadan, Oyo State. It is owned by Victory International Church (Rehoboth Cathedral).
Evangel University is owned by Assemblies of God, Nigeria. It is located in Akaeze, Ebonyi state.
Gregory University is located in Uturu, Abia state. It is owned by the Catholic Church
Hezekiah University located in Umudi, Nkwerre in Imo State is owned by Living Christ Mission.
Joseph Ayo Babalola University is located in Ikeji-Arakej, Osun state. It is owned by Christ Apostolic Church.
Kings University(Land of Dreams is owned by Kingsway International Christian Centre. It is located in Odeomu, Osun state.
Landmark University is owned by WMA of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel. It is located in Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
Madonna University – Owned Rev Fr Edeh. It is located in Okija, Anambra state.
McPherson University is owned by Foursquare Gospel Church and is located in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Mountain Top University is owned by Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. It is located in Makoji Oba, Ogun state.
Obong University located in Obong Ntak, Akwa Ibom State is owned by Church of Christ Nigeria.
Pan African University is owned by Opus Dei. It is located in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.
Precious Cornerstone University is owned by Sword of the Spirit Ministries. It is located in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Redeemers University of Nation’s is owned by Redeemed Christian Church of God. It is located in Ede, Osun state.
Rhema University located in Aba, Abia state is owned by Living Word Ministries.
Salem University is owned by Foundation Faith Church and is located in Lokoja, Kogi state.
Samuel Adegboyega University is located in Ogwa, Edo state and is owned by The Apostolic Church
Spiritan University Nneochi, Abia State is owned by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria South East (Catholic).
St Augustine University owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos is located in Ilara, a town in Epe local government area of Lagos state.
St Paul’s University College owned by Anglican Convention(Eastern Nigeria) is located in Awka, Anambra state.
Tansian University is owned by Rev Msgr John Bosco Akam and is located in Umunya, Anambra state.
Trinity University is owned by Babawande Majekodunmi and is located in Iwaya, Lagos State.
University of Mkar is owned by Church of Christ in Sudan among the Tivs (NKST) and is located in Mkar, Benue state.
Wesley University of Science and Technology is owned by Methodist Church Nigeria and is located in Ondo, Ondo State.
AWAITING LICENSE/PROPOSED CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITIES as at Jan 2019
The following Christian universities are at different stages of development. Some are proposed while others are only awaiting licenses to commence operations.
CROWN University-WMA of the Living Faith Church
Monarch University-Christ Royal Family International
Moses Orimolade University-Cherubim and Seraphim
Pacesetters University-Salvation Ministries
Proposed University-WMA of the Living Faith Church
Proposed University-Fountain of Life Church
Proposed University-Christian Pentecostal Mission
Proposed University-Daystar Christian Centre
Proposed University-House on the Rock
Rock University-Watchman Catholic Charismatic Ministries
TWBC University-The Word Bible Church
Victory University-Cherubim and Seraphim
WEBIC University-The Word Evangelical Bible Church
Zion University-Dr Akin Olowokere
This is the full list of church owned/church affiliated universities in Nigeria. The number isn’t quite surprising as the church has played a big role in education of Nigerians since the arrival of missionaries in the country several years ago.