Ahmadu Bello university (ABU) Zaria: A Rather Detailed Guide

Brief History Of Ahmadu Bello University

Ahmadu Bello University zaria (ABU) previously known as the University of northern Nigeria is one of the most prestigious universities in Nigeria. It was founded in October 1962.

At first, the university began as the University of northern Nigeria, before it was given the name after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria.

The institute is accorded the status of a full-fledged university by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria, She runs a wide variety of undergraduate, post-graduate and diploma programmes, including affiliate degrees, vocational programmes and remedial courses.

The university is said to be one of the largest Federal university in the sub Saharan region of Africa, The institute boost of three (3) campuses:

  • Samaru (main)
  • Kongo in Zaria.
  • Funtua (pre-degree school)

Since it was founded, ABU Zaria has been growing, having an enormous number of Students, Faculties, Departments, Institutes, and Units.

Main Campus
Main Campus

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) is no doubt one of the largest teaching hospitals in the sub-Saharan region Africa and a major location for medical treatment and training, it’s an important medical specialties health service provider in northern Nigeria precisely.

ABUTH is located around Shika along Zaria-Sokoto road in Zaria, Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The hospital center was established in 1968 under the name ‘the Institute of Health’ in accordance with statutes 15 of the university law (amendment act schedule 16) by the former northern Nigeria government.

With the aim and objective of providing facilities for training of doctors,nursing and other medical personnel in a professional and friendly environment.

Ahmadu Bello University Address

Ahmadu Bello University Zaria is a federal government (FG) research Institution. The institution is located in Samaru Main Campus of ABU, Zaria, Nigeria.

Address: Sokoto Road, PMB 06, Zaria, Kaduna State, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Postcode: 810211.

Phone number:

Fax: +23469550098

Ahmadu Bello University Logo

ABU Logo... A symbol of excellence and pride.
ABU Logo…A symbol of excellence and pride.

Ahmadu Bello University Postgraduate School

For candidates interested in the Institution’s PG programme, Can read below about the requirements and how to apply for ABU Postgraduate school and how you can apply.

Application Form

All candidates are to purchase the application forms for their Postgraduate programs on the school admission portal online. The sum of N10,000 is to be paid for the application. Note that the fees paid on the admission portal are non refundable.

First create an account, fill in a form with your complete name and a valid email correctly.

Provide all relevant personal and social information before you submit it online ( You can go ahead and print out the form when you are done. Also, make sure all the data are correct.

Iya Abubakar
Iya Abubakar

Acceptance Fee and Payment

Applicants offered provisional admission into their respective Postgraduate programmes are to proceed to the payment of school fees and Acceptance fees (non-refundable). Before an applicant can be cleared, He/she must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of N50,000 for both Sciences and School of Management Sciences.

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Postgraduate Entrance Exam of ABU

To secure admission into any of the Postgraduate programmes of your choice offered at ABU, you are to pass the entrance exam conducted within the school, but some programmes candidates don’t need to bother about entrance examination but on the basis of requirements approved by the school management body.

ABU Postgraduate Programs

The school of postgraduate studies offers an enormous number of courses from science to management Sciences, social sciences Art e.t.c..
Here is a complete list of all the courses offered in ABU postgraduate studies.

ABU PG School Admission Requirements

All interested candidates can gain access to the requirements, follow this link:

Ahmadu Bello University Cut Off Mark

As at the time of writing this article, Ahmadu Bello university cut off marks is 180 and 200+ for medical courses. Candidates must make the ABU their first choice before sitting for the UTME exam.

In order to secure admission in ABU, then candidates must pay attention to the credit requirements, all candidates that applied must have at least 5 Credit passes of not more than two sittings and the relevant O’Level subjects – must include English language and Mathematics.

Department of Zoology
Department of Zoology

Ahmadu Bello University School Fees

Below are the break down of school fees paid at the prestigious institution (ABU)

School Fees For Fresh Students

These are students that just got admitted into the University. The fees for each of the fresh students slightly differ depending on the course a student admitted for.

The total amount for New Science, social science, management Sciences and Art students is about N50,400. The same goes for for non-science fresh students.

School Fees For Returning Students

As stated about the school fees paid through the school portal varies depending on the Faculty and Level category the student falls.

Examination Fees – Both Science students and non-science students pay the sum of N5,000.

Labouratory Fees – Cost is N3,000 for science students. It is N1,000 for non-science students.

Faculty Fee – All candidates pay N6,000.

Sport Fee – N1,000 for all admitted students.

Registration fees: It’s N1,500 for both science and non science students. And other fees.

The total amount to be paid for science students is between N33,400 – 35,400 depending on the level. For the commercial/management students, the total amount to be paid as fees is about N45,50.

Note that the fees mentioned above is not speaking in general for all returning students for both science and arts, for fees to be paid may be higher or lower depending on the level and course.

Department of Geology
Department of Geology

Ahmadu Bello University Notable Alumni

Ahmadu Bello University is one of the best and outstanding universities in Nigeria. It has an impressive large number of notable alumni. Most of which are into politics and are renowned professionals in their field. Few of them are stated below:

Atiku Abubakar GCON: is the former vice president to the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Shettima Mustapha: once held the offices of Minister of Agriculture, Defence and Interior

Magaji Muhammed: was the former Federal Minister of Interior, Federal Minister of Industry and Nigerian ambassador to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abdulmumini Hassan Rafindadi: was the former Vice Chancellor (VC), Federal University, Lokoja, and has held the office of Chief Medical Director, at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospitals (ABUTH), Zaria.

Oladipo Diya: Was the former vice president of Nigeria de facto(1994 to 1997) , and retired Lt. General.

Oyewale Tomori: he had his doctorate degree at Ahmadu Bello university. Is a Nigerian professor, university administrator and scientists, he is the president, Nigeria Academy of Science

Rachel Bakam: is a Nigerian actress, TV presenter and producer. She graduated from Ahmadu Bello university and has featured in many movies e.g..Black Knight, The Last Day, Asunder, Dangerous Mission e.t.c..

Rilwanu Lukman: Was the former minister of petroleum in Nigeria, he has also held an office of Secretary General OPEC.

Simon bako lalong: is an Abusite and a graduate of Ahmadu Bello university from the faculty of law, He is the 20th governor of plateau state and the chairman of the northern government forum.

Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu: os a graduate of ABU and was a lecturer in the prestigious institution for 20 years and later at Benue state University. She was the former director of National Biotechnology Development Agency for 5 years (2013 – 2018)

Ahmadu Bello University Admission

ABU usually releases an academic bulletin that carries details about admission on its School website for candidates to view. But below is how to check you’ve been given admission.

Here is how to check the admission list of ABU student forms portal:

Visit the admission portal of ABU here:

Input your Username (Jamb registration number) and Password (state of origin) in the required fields.

Now click on Login and proceed to view your admission status at the notification menu.

ABU Basketball Team
ABU Basketball Team

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