Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

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In this post, you will see everything you need to know about the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, popularly known as ABU Zaria. Here you will see details about the school ranking, reputations, facilities, programmes and notable alumni.

Created in 1962 by the government of the northern region, and handed over to the federal government in 1975, the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, has been a citadel of knowledge, providing learning of a standard required and expected of a university of the highest standing while reflecting the needs, the traditions, and the social and intellectual heritage of the society in which it is located.

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

In the over four decades of its existence, the ABU has grown to become the largest, and the most influential and diverse university in Nigeria. With ninety-six (96) Academic Departments, twelve (12) Faculties, and twelve (12) Research Institutes and Specialized Centers, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in such diverse fields as Agriculture, Public and Business Administration, Engineering, Environmental Design, Education, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. The university has two campuses located on 7,000 hectares of land

Ahmadu Bello University Ranking and Reputation

As one of the foremost universities in the country, it ranks 4th in the country and 1792 in the world, according to the UniRank site, 4icu.org

Ahmadu Bello University Students Population / Enrollment Capacity

Estimated at having a total of 30,000 student enrolled, the ABU admits around 10,000 new students enrolled each new academic year.

Ahmadu Bello University Staff Strength

The University’s staff strength is 3,365 made up as follows: 1,386 Administrative and Technical, 1,164 Junior and 813 Academic Staff.

Notable Facilities in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria currently has twelve Faculties, namely:

  • Arts
  • agriculture
  • Administration
  • Environmental design
  • medicine
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Science
  • Social Sciences.
  • Veterinary science


Ahmadu Bello University Official Website

The official website of the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria is www.abu.edu.ng

Ahmadu Bello University Address

The university is located in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, in an urban environment.

Accommodation and Prices

Self-contained hostel apartments go for around N35,000 per year, if you are living more than 2 or 3 people in the apartment, the money is paid per head.

Ahmadu Bello University Foundation Programmes and Admission Process

The ABU also offer foundation (diploma) programmes for students who, after graduation, are eligible to apply for direct entry admission where they start from the second year. To see a list of the foundation programmes offered in the ABU as well as the process of admission, check here: https://forms.abu.edu.ng/otherforms/req_diplomas.php

Ahmadu Bello University Foundation Programmes Fees

While the cost of the form is N2,500, the tuition fee for the 4 semester program (2 years) range from N41,000-N53,000 per session, depending on the department.

Ahmadu Bello University Undergraduate Courses

Below are the list of ungraduated courses offered across the 12 faculties of the University of Lagos:

ABU Arts Courses

  • African Languages and Cultures
  • Arabic
  • Archeology
  • English
  • French
  • Hausa
  • History
  • Theatre & Performing Arts

ABU administration Courses

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • L G & Development Studies
  • Public Administration

ABU agriculture Courses

  • Agric Econs & Rural Sociology
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Crop Protection
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science

ABU Education Courses

  • Arts and Social Science Education    Educational Foundation & Curriculum
  • Educational Psychology &  Counselling
  • Library and Information Science
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Science Education
  • Vocational and Technical Education

ABU Engineering Courses

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Water Resources & Environmental Engineering

ABU Science Courses

  • Botany; Biochemistry;
  • Chemistry;
  • Cell Biology and Genetics;
  • Microbiology; Zoology;
  • Marine Biology; Fisheries;
  • Geology; Geophysics;
  • Physics; Mathematics;

ABU Environmental Courses

  • Architecture
  • Building
  • Fine Arts
  • Geomatics
  • Industrial Design
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Urban and Regional Planning

ABU Faculty of law Courses

  • Civil Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Private Law
  • Public Law
  • Sharia Law

ABU Medicial Courses

  • Anaesthesia
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Community Medicine
  • Dental Surgery
  • Haematology and Blood Transfusion
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing Science
  • Obsterics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology (Morbid Anatomy)
  • Psychiatrics
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Traumatic and Orthopeadic Surgery

ABU Phamarceutical Science Courses

  • Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmacognosy & Drug Development
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics

ABU Science Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Textile Science & Technology

ABU veterinary medicine Courses

  • Theriogenology and Production
  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology
  • Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Veterinary Surgery and Medicine

ABU Social Science Courses

  • Economics
  • Mass Communication
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Ahmadu Bello University Undergraduate Admission Requirements and Admission Process

To be eligible to be admitted for an undergraduate program in the ABU, you must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Pass senior secondary school examination with credit grades (in not more than two sittings) in English, mathematics and three other relevant subjects (based on your university course of study)
  • Make the ABU your first choice of institution;
  • Take the Joint Admission and Matriculation Exam (JAMB) and score 180 and above);
  • You may likely have to take the ABU own unified tertiary matriculation examination too. For information about that, check here: https://putme.abu.edu.ng/
  • You must be above 16 at the time of application.

Ahmadu Bello University Undergraduate Fees

Undergraduate fees are around N14,500 to N39,500 for returning students while the one for fresher students is between N22,000 to N44,250, depending on the department you apply to.

Ahmadu Bello University Postgraduate Courses

To see a complete list of the postgraduate courses offered, please check this link: https://spgs.abu.edu.ng/forms/programmes/available

 Ahmadu Bello University Postgraduate Admission Processes

The Ahmadu Bello University has strict rules and regulations as regards admission for postgraduate studies. In most cases, some programmes require entrance examinations, of which exams dates are communicated to students beforehand. See the admission requirements for all departments here: https://spgs.abu.edu.ng/forms/abu_pg_admission_requirements_2013_2014.pdf

Postgraduate Fees

Tuition fees for PGD costs around N140,000; sciences N200,000 while masters also costs around N200,000.

 Ahmadu Bello University Transcript Collection Procedure

To get your transcript in ABU,

  • logon to https://transcript.abu.edu.ng/starts.php and complete the registration process;
  • For first time visitors: Upon your first visit to the platform, you must fill in the form providing the following details accurately: Surname, First name, Middle name (optional), Matriculation number (IN THIS FORMAT – U08CS9999. PLEASE IF YOUR MATRIC NUMBER IS U08CS9999 DO NOT ENTER IT AS U8CS9999), phone number, email address;
  • For subsequent visits, simply your matriculation number and password in the texts field allotted.
  • For local deliveries (those within Nigeria), payment is N10,000, while international deliveries is N40,000

Ahmadu Bello University Notable Alumni

Some notable alumni of the university include Senator Dino Melaye, Late Former President Unaru Musa Yarádua, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Former CBN Governor and current Emir of Sokoto Sanisu Lamido Sanusi, and former Vice President Namadi Sambo

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