ABU Zaria School Fees & Registration Fees (2023)

There is actually no way you’ll be asked to list five (5) Federal Universities in Nigeria without you mentioning Ahmadu Bello University. After this first generation tertiary institution was established in the post-independence era decades ago, it immediately became a hub of academic excellence, churning out renowned professionals and technocrats, who are currently excelling in different fields both within and outside the country. A visit to both campuses at Samaru and Kongo in Zaria will give you a feel of what true formal education feels like.

Situated in the fast-growing suburban town of Zaria, the Ahmadu Bello University was established in 1962 by the then government of the Northern region. At inception, it was given a mandate to provide qualitative training to all men and women of all races, tribes, religions and nationalities. After political restructuring in the years that followed, the Federal Government of Nigeria took over ownership and control of the University in 1975. While upholding best international practices, the University has also strived over the years to preserve the culture and lifestyle as well as promote the interests of its host community.

In its over 45 years in existence, the Ahmadu Bello University has grown to become Nigeria’s and perhaps, West Africa’s largest University, with over 12 faculties accommodating about 100 academic departments. The University is also big on Research and Specialized programmes that often expand its scope beyond the shores of Africa. Amongst its faculties of disciplines include Agriculture, Business and Public Administration, Biological and Physical Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Design, Education, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Law, the Humanities, and Social Sciences.

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ABU Zaria School Fees for Undergraduates

It is a norm amongst tertiary institutions globally to charge different rates for different courses of study. This, in part, has to do with the complexities of certain courses as well as the need for materials to teach them. In Nigeria, you will often notice that medical sciences usually attract higher tuition fees than other faculties in schools. The case is the same at Ahmadu Bello University. Also, fees for new students (freshers) are not the same as those for returning students (staylites). Let’s take a look at these categories.

ABU Zaria School Fees and Registration Fees

Faculty New Students School Fees Returning Students School Fees
Faculty of Administration N40,500 N23,000
Faculty of Agriculture N40,500 N23,000
Faculty of Art N39,500 N23,000
Faculty of Education N39,500 N23,000
Faculty of Engineering N43,500 N24,500
Faculty of Environmental Design N40,500 N23,000
Faculty of Law N40,500 N23,000
Faculty of Medicine N44,500 N27,000
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science N44,500 N27,000
Science Faculty N44,700 N27,000
Faculty of Social Science N39,500 N23,000
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine N44,500 N27,000

ABU Zaria Tuition Fees 2023/2024

  • Animal production: N45,000
  • Crop Production: N45,000
  • Agricultural Economics and Extension: N45,000
  • Agriculture and Bio Resource Engineering: N45,000
  • Automobile Engineering: N45,000
  • Chemical and process engineering: N45,000
  • Civil Engineering: N45,000
  • Computer and Communication engineering: N45,000
  • Electrical Electronics Engineering: N45,000
  • Mechanical/Production Engineering: N45,000
  • Mechatronics/Systems Engineering: N45,000
  • Petroleum engineering: N45,000
  • Architecture: N45,000
  • Building: N45,000
  • Environmental Management technology: N45,000
  • Estate management and Valuation: N45,000
  • Industrial Design: N45,000
  • Survey and Geo Informatics: N45,000
  • Quantity Survey: N45,000
  • Urban and Regional planning: N45,000
  • Education Foundation: N45,000
  • Science Education: N45,000
  • Vocational and Technology Education: N45,000
  • Banking and Finance Technology: N45,000
  • Management and Information Technology: N45,000
  • General studies: N45,000
  • Accounting: N45,000
  • Business Management: N45,000
  • Mathematical Sciences: N45,000
  • Biochemistry: N45,000
  • Physics: N45,000
  • Geology: N45,000
  • Chemistry: N45,000
  • Biological Sciences: N45,000
  • Mathematical Sciences: N45,000

ABU ZARIA School Fees For Postgraduate School Students

  • SMS costs N10,500
  • PGD costs N10,500
  • Sciences costs N10,500

Acceptance fees:

  • Sciences costs N50,000
  • PGD costs N50,000
  • SMS costs N50,000

Registration and School fees:

  • SMS costs N25,000
  • PGD costs N25,000
  • Sciences costs N25,000


  • PGD costs N150,000
  • Sciences costs N250,000
  • SMS costs N200,000

Computer Science

  • PGD costs N25,000
  • Sciences costs N30,000
  • SMS costs N25,000

Internet service

  • Sciences costs N30,000
  • PGD costs N30,000
  • SMS costs N30,000

Health Care

  • Sciences costs N25,000
  • PGD costs N25,000
  • SMS costs N25,000

Developmental levy

  • PGD costs N100,000
  • Sciences costs N100,000
  • SMS costs N100,000

Written Examination fees

  • PGD costs N30,000
  • Sciences costs N30,000
  • SMS costs N30,000

Games and Sport

  • PGD costs N20,000
  • Sciences costs N20,000
  • SMS costs N20,000


  • PGD costs N405,000
  • Sciences costs N510,000
  • SMS N455,000

Approved Payable Fees For The Postgraduate Student For The Third And Fourth Semester


  • Sciences costs N510,000
  • PGD costs N405,000
  • SMS costs N455,000

3rd Semester

  • Sciences costs N205,000
  • SMS costs N177,500
  • PGD costs N152,500

4th Semester

  • PGD costs N152,500
  • Sciences costs N177,500
  • SMS N177,500

Payable Last Semester Extra fees

Oral Examination Fees

  • PGD costs N100,000
  • Sciences costs N150,000
  • SMS costs N150,000

Alumni Dues/Year Book

  • PGD costs N20,000
  • Sciences costs N20,000
  • SMS costs N20,000

Graduation fees

  • PGD costs N20,000
  • Sciences costs N30,000
  • SMS costs N30,000


  • PGD costs N140,000
  • Sciences costs N200,000
  • SMS costs N200,000

International students Tuition Fees

  • SMS (Master’s Degree) costs $5100
  • PGD (others) costs $4500
  • Sciences (Master’s Degree) costs $5950


Things you should know about ABU Zaria

The Ahmadu Bello University is acclaimed one of the most sought after in Nigeria. Sitting on a land mass of …., it is also known for its vast fallow lands, extending to neighboring communities at the Samaru end as well as towards the western part of Zaria. Do you know that the institution boasts of notable Nigerians such as the late President Umar Musa Yar’adua, Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi Lamido, Isa Yuguda, former Vice Presidents Namadi Sambo and Atiku Abubakar, and several others? Well, now you know.

The school also has a predegree campus at Funtua, also in Kaduna State.

Recognitions and Accolades

Ahmadu Bello University was ranked No. 1 University in Nigeria for 2017 by the National Universities Commission (NUC). It claimed the top spot out of a hundred Universities ranked by the commission, comprising public and private universities. Meanwhile, in Webometrics list of top 30 Nigerian Universities based on openness, Ahmadu Bello University was ranked 10th in Nigeria.

Size and Population

The Ahmadu Bello University is arguably the largest in Subsaharan Africa in land mass and has a strong stance when it comes to student population. The school sits on approximately 7,000 hectares of land and has an ever increasing student population that currently stands at around 40,000.

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