Top 20 Universities With Most Employable Graduates in Nigeria

The phrase “employability” is one of those glamorous but vague terms universities use in their advertising brochures to raise their enrollment numbers.

But what exactly do academic institutions mean when they stress the significance of employability in their brochures?

According to a survey by Times Higher Education, employability is one crucial factor for university-bound students.

It should come as no surprise that more than half of those who took part in the survey said they attended college to be considered for a specific job.

After high school, you should think carefully about the colleges you apply to so that you end up at the best school.

There are a significant number of factors to be considered, but the employability rate of the graduates is likely the most essential. It’s crucial since it determines your prospects after you graduate.

This post will find out which Nigerian universities produce the most employable graduates.

Universities With The Most Employable Graduates in Nigeria

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The latest edition of Stutern’s research on Nigerian universities and the employment prospects available to their graduates was published in 2018.

If you are unfamiliar with Stutern, it is a startup company based in Lagos that operates as an online platform and conducts research on employment in Nigeria and universities in Nigeria.

It is a platform for the development of skills as well as job placement, and its primary purpose is to connect recent college grads with permanent employment opportunities. They also find people to work as interns for various companies.

According to the data from Stutern’s study, the universities on the following list are the top twenty (20) in Nigeria regarding how easily their graduates can find jobs.

According to the study, the list comprises thirteen (13) federal, four (14) state, and three (3) private universities.

According to the findings of Stutern’s analysis, Covenant University takes the top position with an employability rate of 83.70 %.

Listed below are the top universities in Nigeria with the highest employability ratings.

SNUniversityEmployability Ratings
1Covenant University Ota83.70%
2University of Nigeria, Nsukka68.18%
3University of Ibadan61.76%
4Federal University of Technology, Minna60.61%
5University of Ilorin60.22%
6Bowen University60.00%
7Obafemi Awolowo University59.30%
8University of Benin58.51%
9Lagos State University58.49%
10University of Lagos58.13%
11Federal University of Technology, Owerri56.82%
12Babcock University52.70%
13Federal University of Technology, Akure51.72%
14Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba51.22%
15Olabisi Onabanjo University50.00%
16Nnamdi Azikiwe University50.00%
17Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta48.08%
18Ekiti State University39.34%
19University of Port-Harcourt37.93%
20Ahmadu Bello University– 37.50%

In the 2017 edition of “The Nigerian Graduate Report,” the publication rated Covenant University at the top of the list of Nigerian institutions (both private and public) with the most employable graduates, followed by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, at the second spot on the list.

Average Job Salary

Stutern found that 60% of Nigerian college grads make less than ₦50,000 a month in their first jobs after graduation.

Upon obtaining the next job, this proportion reduces to 2 out of 5 (just over 40%).

On average, new college grads may expect to make between ₦20,000 and ₦49,999 in their first job out of school and between ₦50,000 and ₦99,999 in their second.


One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a university is how likely graduates are to find work after graduation.

While rankings and mission statements might be helpful, they only tell half the story, so prospective students should go beyond these factors and into the actual possibilities that each school provides.

Let me know in the comment box below if you have any questions or need further clarification. I will love to help you.

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