University of Ilorin and University of Lagos Top the List of Most Sought-After Universities for 2024 UTME

The University of Ilorin and the University of Lagos have been revealed as the top choices for candidates in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).


This information came to light during the 2024 policy meeting, with the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, presenting the details.

The Top Two: Unilorin and Unilag

The University of Ilorin leads the pack, attracting the highest number of applicants for the 2024 UTME. It is followed closely by the University of Lagos, cementing its position as one of the premier educational institutions in Nigeria.

The Best of the Rest

Lagos State University secured the third position in this sought-after list, with Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, taking fourth place.

The recognition of these institutions is a testament to their commitment to providing quality education in Nigeria.

Top 10 List: Variety and Diversity

The remainder of the top 10 includes a diverse range of institutions nationwide. The University of Benin, the University of Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, the Nigerian Defence Academy, and the University of Ibadan all cut.

These institutions have consistently attracted many applicants, demonstrating their popularity among prospective students.

A Significant Recognition

Being among the top 10 most sought-after universities is a significant achievement. It shows the level of trust and confidence that prospective students and their parents have in these institutions.

These universities have shown over time that they can deliver on their promises of high-quality education, a solid academic reputation, and a conducive learning environment.

Implications and Expectations

The rankings could influence the decisions of prospective students in subsequent application years, further increasing the competition for admission into these institutions.

The listed universities, in turn, will need to continue investing in their infrastructure, faculties, and learning resources to meet these increasing demands and maintain their positions as top-choice institutions.


As the struggle for quality tertiary education in Nigeria continues, it is clear that these top 10 institutions are at the forefront.

They provide a beacon of hope for a brighter future for Nigerian students and set the benchmark for educational excellence in the country.

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