University of Ilorin

Do you want to go to University of Ilorin? If yes, read everything about UNILORIN here such as courses offered, admission requirements, UNIORIN cut off mark etc.

University of Ilorin (also called Unilorin) was established by the decree of then Federal Government of Nigeria in 1975 to be sited in Ilorin, Kwara State in present North Central Nigeria with a landmass of over 75,000 hectare.

On 25th October, 2015 proper academic work started started at just 200 students but presently has over 35,000 students. It is on records that the University also started with just 3 faculties which were Arts, Science and Education.

Noteworthy is the fact that the school started as an offshoot of University College in Ibadan but later gained full autonomy in October, 1977.

Despite the fact that the University started with 3 faculties, it can now boast of 15 faculties which include Arts, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Management Sciences, Health Sciences (with 2 faculties: Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences), Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Science, Education, Communication and Information Science, Engineering and Technology, Veterinary Medicine and Law. Other units include two institutes: (Institute of Education and Unilorin Sugar Research Institute) as well as Postgraduate School.

University of Ilorin was one of the 7 universities announced by then Military Federal Government of Nigeria was one of those that would be established in 1975 after it was being run as a campus of University of Ibadan.

The University has over 60 departments. Just like every other Nigerian university, it is headed by a Chancellor, HRH Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir Usman, Emir of Katsina, but the day-to-day activity is overseen by a Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdul Ganiyu Ambali.

The motto of the University is Probitas Doctrina. School calendar is determined by the senate which makes major decisions in the school. The student union consists of 3 arms – Central Executive Council (CEC), Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and the Judicial Council.

University of Ilorin  ACCREDITATION STATUS

The University is fully accredited by Nigeria’s National University Commission (NUC) which is the Commission saddled with such responsibility. Also, as part of the commitment to ensure that universities accredited by the Commission maintain the standard set by NUC, a team of NUC officials visited the University in January, 2015.

They team was impressed by what was on ground after visiting faculties like Physical Science, Agriculture, Law amongst others.

They commended the school for their giant stride, but tasked the University authorities to continue to improve the facilities they have in Engineering faulty.

Official University of Ilorin Logo

See the official UNILRIN Logo below;

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University of Ilorin  SCHOOL ADDRESS

University of Ilorin
P.M.B 1515
Ilorin, Kwara State.
Phone: +234 31 221691


Various courses approved by NUC for 2015/2016 academic session are listed below:

A: Accounting, Administrative Management, Agric. Extension and Rural Development, Agric. Economics and Farm Management, Agric. Economics and Management, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Agronomy, Anatomy, Animal Production, Animal Science, Arabic, and Arabic Studies

B: Biochemistry, Bio-system Engineering, and Business Administration

C: Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Christian Studies, Common Law, Common and Islamic Law, Comparative Education, Comparative religious Studies, Computer Science, Conflict and Peace Studies, Crime Control and Management, and Crop Protection

D: Data Processing, and Drama/Dramatic/Performing/Theatre Arts

E: Economics, Economics Education, Education and Arabic, Education and Chemistry, Education and Christian Religious Studies, Education and English Language, Education and French, Education and History, Education and Physics, Education and Mathematics, Education and Yoruba, Educational Management, Educational Psychology, Education and Islamic Studies, Electrical Engineering, Educational Resource Management and Evaluation, Educational Technology, Educational Technology/Introductory Technology, English Language, and English Literature

F: Food Science and Technology, Finance, French Language, French Literature, and French

G: Geography, Geographic Information System, and Guidance and Counseling

H: Health Education, History and Policy of Education, Home Economics, and Human Kinetics.

I: Information and Communication Science, International Affairs and Diplomacy, and Islamic Studies

L: Law, Library and Information Science, Library Science, and Linguistics

M: Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Microbiology, Medicine and Surgery, and Money and Banking

N: Nursery and Primary Education

P: Philosophy of Education, Physical Education, Physiology, Plant Biology, Primary Education, and Political Science

S: Social Administration, Sports Management, Strategic Management, Statistics, Sociology, Social Studies Education, and Soil Science

T: Telecommunication Science

Y: Yoruba, and Yoruba Language

University of Ilorin  HOTELS AND FEES

Accommodation still remains a major challenge facing students of the University. This is because accommodations provided for the students by school authorities are barely enough for high number of candidates seeking admission into the school as well as the returning students.

Students who are interested taking the school accommodation are expected to pay the sum of N28,000 only per bed space through the portal. Visit for more information.

University of Ilorin RANKING

University of Ilorin has fared relatively well in recent rankings of both Nigerian and African universities.

For example, according to figures on Top 114 universities in Nigeria released by Web Ranking (Webometric) and published on the official website of the University, Unilorin took 6th position.

This is commendable considering that the University was also compared with both first set of Nigerian universities, private universities, the 6 universities it was established alongside, and other Nigerian universities that came afterwards.

University of Ilorin  POSTGRADUATE COURSES

The Post Graduate School of the University is responsible for Post Graduate Board chaired by The Dean of Post Graduate School.

Unilorin offers Post Graduate Courses in Graduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree (M.Sc.), and up to Doctor of Philosophy or Doctorate Degree (Ph.D).
To be qualified to do Master’s degree in the University, interested candidates will be given exam to write and the application form costs N25,000 (and this is subject to change).

Also, the University accepts a Second Class Lower Division for Master’s degree and candidates are expected to have a minimum of 5 Credits in O’ level subjects including English.

Furthermore, for those who wish to do PHD in the school, they are expected to have scored 55 and 59.99% in their Master’s degree programme.

Visit to get more information about courses available.

University of Ilorin  GRADING SYSTEM

At Unilorin, Grading System is done on a scale of 5 just like that of every other university in Nigeria. The rundown is shown below:
First Class Division: (100 – 70 with 5.00 – 4.50 CGPA)
Second Class Upper Division: (69 – 60 with 4.49 – 3.50 CGPA)
Second Class Lower Division: (49 – 45 with 3.49 – 2.40 CGPA)
Third Class Division: (49 – 45 with 2.39 – 1.50)
These grades are important as they determine the Class of Graduation of Unilorin students.


Admission requirement of Unilorin intended candidates is at least 5 Credits (including English) in NOT more than two sittings from O’ Level – SSCE/GCE/NECO and other equivalents.

Even though this condition is the basic requirement for all departments, other rules may apply as in many various departments of the University depending on the course of study.

All candidates MUST score 180 – 220 in UTME (depending on the course of choice). The cut-off score required to gain admission to study the course of your choice at University of Ilorin various from faculty to faculty.

All prospective candidates must apply for Post UTME visit their portal.

Direct Entry candidates must have at least 5 Credit passes in their O’ Level subjects (including English) and other subjects relevant to their course of study.

They must meet all UME requirements before they are considered for admission to the University.

Remedial Arts programmes which enable students to gain admission into the University from 100L are also expected to have the basic subject qualifications before their enrollment into the programme is considered.

University of Ilorin Cut Off Marks

220 – Medicine (ONE O’ Level sitting only) and Nursing
200 – Mass Communication, Common Law, Pharmacy, Anatomy, and Physiology
190 – Computer Science, English Language, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Geology, and all other Engineering courses (except Agricultural and Bio-system Engineering)
180 – Courses not listed above.

University of Ilorin  DURATION OF STUDIES

University of Ilorin uses the standard of 6-3-3-4 system of education in Nigeria, which means undergraduates spend at least 4 years doing a program in the University.

This means undergraduates (except Direct Entry candidates) spend a minimum of 4 years in school. Also, all other courses offered at University of Nigeria follow this schedule of 4 years (where a student does not have an extra semester), but there are variations in courses like Law, Engineering (which requires 5 years), and Medicine and Surgery (6/7 depending on school calendar and postings).

University of Ilorin  TRANSCRIPTS

In furtherance with efforts to serve alumni of the University better, University of Ilorin has designed an electronic platform where they can place order for transcripts through their portal on and carefully follow the instructions on the page.

This method of requesting for transcript is known as e-Transcript application and it makes it convenient for alumni of the school to apply for transcripts online without being physically present in the school.

All payments are made via the portal and as a first timer on the portal, you are expected to create an account by clicking on Sign Up which automatically pops up a webform for your registration.

Ensure that the information given is accurate and error free. After filling out the field accurate, click on Sign Up to get registered and later use your Matriculation Number to login on a second visit.

University of Ilorin  ALUMNI

Well, University of Ilorin has produced numerous graduates who have contributed immensely to their areas of specialization and beyond.

Some of these notable alumi of University of Ilorin include Nkem Owoh (Renowned actor/comedian), Abdul Rasheed Na’Allah (VC of Kwara State University), Femi Adebayo (Actor), Alhaji Abdulfatahi Ahmed (Governor of Kwara State), Pius Adesanmi (Writer), Ezekiel Adebiyi (Academic), Sarah Alade (Banker), Babs Omotowa (MD NLNG), Joe Odumakin (Activist), and many others.

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