According to unirank (2019) University of Lagos is ranked number 1 in Nigeria and ranked number 1385 in the world higher institution ranking. Popularly known as unilag was founded in 1962, in 1961, the Federal Government assigned the detailed planning of the new university to a UNESCO Advisory Commission. However, whereas the Ashby Commission had envisaged a non-residential institution which would be cited in the business district of Central Lagos, the UNESCO Commission opted for a traditional university, “a complete all-encompassing institution” with residential accommodation on a large campus.
Following the acceptance of the UNESCO Commission’s report, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was established on 22nd October 1962 on the authority of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Act of 1962. The University began with three faculties: Commerce and Business Administration, Law and Medicine. At its first meeting the Board of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration changed the name to the Faculty of Business and Social Studies. The faculties of Arts, Education, Engineering and Science were added in 1964.
University of Lagos is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Lagos (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants). Officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission, Nigeria, University of Lagos (UNILAG) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Lagos (UNILAG) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, and associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 57 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.
The Motto of Unilag is: In deed and in truth with its Colors which are Maroon and gold, the University currently has a School of Postgraduate Studies, a Distance Learning Institute (DLI) and twelve faculties, namely; Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science, Social Sciences. The Student Affairs Office comprises the following five Units: Accommodation, Counseling, Students’ Activities and International Students Affairs, Identification, Scholarships, Loans and Bursaries, Work Study and Job Placement.
The schools` Vision is: To be a top class institution for the pursuit of excellence in knowledge, character and service to humanity. And its` Mission: “To provide a conducive teaching, learning, research and development environment, where staff and students will interact and compete effectively with other counterparts, both nationally and internationally in terms of intellectual competence and the zeal to add value to our World”.
Unilags VC is Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, Unilag is the first choice university in Nigeria, in terms of exposure, social life. The university has produced great number of alumni and top figures in Nigeria. The school has produced Nigeria vice president, Numbers of governors, Bank MD, Actress, and many other notable figure. In fact, majority of Nigeria movers and shakers are products of University of Lagos.
University of Lagos is the most expensive and competitive university for postgraduate studies in Nigeria. On yearly basis, the university receives applications of about 42, 000 students but ends up absorbing about 5k.
University of Lagos (Unilag) main campus is located at Akoka, Yaba. It presently has three Campuses in Yaba and Surulere. Whereas two of its Campuses are located in Yaba. Its College of Medicine is located in Idi-Araba, Surulere.
It is remarkable that all the three campuses are located in the Mainland of Lagos. Its main campus is largely surrounded by the scenic view of the Lagos lagoon on 802 acres of land in Akoka, North Eastern part of Yaba.