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Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK)

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A Brief History of the University

NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI, was established under the Nasarawa State Law No. 2 of 2001 as passed by the State House of Assembly. The University came into being under the visionary and dynamic administration of Governor (Dr.) Abdullahi Adamu (Sarkin Yakin Keffi, Aare Obateru of the source, Ile-Ife), the first democratically elected Governor of Nasarawa State. The aim of establishing the University was, fundamentally, to provide an avenue for the indigenes of Nasarawa State to pursue and acquire University education, which in the long run, would prepare the graduates, and equip them with adequate skills needed for the development of the state and the country at large. Consequently, Governor Adamu was then “propelled by the burning desire to proffer solution to the subsisting problem of grave dearth in the supply of human endeavor that confronts our young states.” Accordingly, the Nasarawa State government then organized an education summit on the desirability or otherwise of a state University.

The educational summit came out with a conclusion that a Nasarawa State University is not only desirable, but also timely. Furthermore, Governor Abdullahi Adamu also set up a Technical Advisory Committee of experts on tertiary education to advise the government on a State University. The report of the committee was quite instructive and, which indeed, buttressed the unwavering conviction of the Administration for a State University.

Finally, in February 2002, after all ground work was concluded and logistics were put in place, the Nasarawa State University was born and sited in Keffi at the defunct College of  Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). The University officially took off for effective academic activities following the appointment of an interim administrator (Vice Chancellor), Professor Adamu Baikie. Today, despite all odds associated with the take-off of a University, Nasarawa State University is on a solid foundation. The institution, under the able leadership of Professor Adamu Baikie (CON) and his lieutenants, has become a reference point with regards to proper procedure and practice in the University system in Nigeria.

Accordingly, the vision that propelled the establishment of Nasarawa State University is the greatest historical milestone in the educational evolution of Nasarawa State and its people. It is, therefore, the most laudable and everlasting legacy the Abdullahi Adamu-led Government has bequeathed to its people.

Welcome to Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK).

NSUK Campuses

Nasarawa State University consist of three (3) major campuses namely
1.    Main Campus
This is situated in Along Akwanga-Keffi Road, Keffi, Nasarawa State. It is the seat of Administration of the University and currently consists of the following Faculties:
a.    Faculty of Administration
b.    Faculty of Arts
c.    Faculty of Education
d.    Faculty of Law
e.    Faculty of Social Sciences
f.    Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences

2.    Lafia Campus
The Lafia Campus houses the Faculty of Agriculture. It comprises of five (5) departments namely:
a.    Agricultural Economics and Extension
b.    Home Economics and Management
c.    Agronomy
d.    Animal Science
e.    Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries

3.    Pyanku Campus
Here, we have the School of remedial studies. There are about four (4) major course combinations.


“To be a World Class Centre of Excellence for the development of the individual and the society”.


“To encourage and enable individuals to develop their full potentials by providing qualitative and stimulating learning environment encompassing a wide range of relevant educational activities for efficient, dedicated and selfless service to the state, the nation and humanity”.


“The University believes in excellence, creativity, productivity and freedom of conscience for the advancement of the individual and humanity”.


Academic Matters

A. Admission Requirements

First Degree Minimum Entry Requirements
Candidates offered admission should fulfill the minimum entry requirements stated against the facilities into which they are admitted. All candidates should present originals and submits two (2) photocopies of their certificates or result slips. Statements of results from schools are not acceptable. Similarly, birth certificates and state of origin and declaration of age are to be submitted.

General Entry Requirements

  1. Five relevant credits in SSCE, SC, GCE O/L or TC II Merits or equivalent obtained at not more than two sittings (TC Merits is equivelent to O/L Credit).
  2. Two A/L passes plus three O/L credits in other subjects, at not more than two sittings or three A/L passes plus two O/L credits in two other subjects at not sittings; two merits, two passes at TC II plus two NCE Merits passes, including a major subject and Education.
  3. National or NSUK Diploma with Merit or Lower Credit grade, including at least four O/L credits in SSCE/GCE or relevant.
  4. Transfer candidates into classified degree programmes should have minimum CGPA of 1.50 and 2.40 for non-classified programmes.

English Language Requirement

  1. A credit in English Language at SSCE, GCE O/L or equivalent
  2. Merit in English Language in TC II examination.
  3. A Pass in the HSC, A/L General Paper, English Literature, or NCE General English.
  4. Credit in IJMB English Language.
  5. A student who is admitted to a programme of studies for a first degree without initially fulfilling the University’s general requirement in English language should fulfill it before graduation.

Mathematical Requirement

  1. A credit in mathematics is required for all science, Social/Management Science-based courses, except where it is stated otherwise.
  2. Credit grade in IJMB Basic Mathematics.

Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination

  1. Applicant must write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and attain an acceptable standard in the Use of English (compulsory) and three other subjects relevant to the proposed course of study as set out in the JAMB brochure.
  2. Prior to sittings for the UTME, applicants should have attained the age of sixteen (16) years or will have done so no the first day of October of the year of entry into the University.
  3. For a candidate, who has attained the acceptable standard in the UTME to be registered for course in the University, he must, in addition, obtain one of the following qualificatons:For admission into Arts, Business Administration, Education (Arts),Law and Social Science courses, the five subjects must include English Language. Candidates applying for Agriculture, Management Science and other science-based courses must have credit in Mathematics. Note: A matriculated students of any University is not eligible to sit for the UTME. Those who, for economic reasons, are transferring from foreign universities could however write the examination.
    1. SC/GCE/O/L or equivalent with credits in five subjects relevant to the proposed course of study, and obtained at not more than two sittings
    2. TC II merit passes in at least five subjects (subject to Univesity requirement).
      Note that TC II is not accepted in some courses

Direct Entry
Applicants with one of the following qualification may be considered for admission by direct entry.

  1. A minimum of five subjects passed at not more than two sittings with atleast two at the Principal or Advanced Level of the GCE or IJMB and others at credit level of the SSCE/GCE/O/L.
  2. Merit passes in two relevant major subjects (mainly for Education courses). Education may be accepted as a third A/L equivalent for those taking courses in Education.
  3. Two passes at the IJMB examination, or Cambridge moderated schools or Basic studies terminal examination, or international Bacalaureate from recognized institutions with Senior School Certificate Credits or equivalent in three other subjects (subject to University requirements).


The academic issues emanating from the University Senates including provision of courses and the approval of the syllabuses, the admission and progress of students through examinations, etc., are delegated to the Academic Planning and Curriculum Development Committee under the aegis of the Academic Planning Unit. The overall function of the unit is to promote the quality of teaching and learning, co-ordinate, research activities and assist in promoting University and the nation. 

The activities of Academic planning Unit as specified in the Manual on University Management by the NUC include:-

 1.      Collection, analysis and interpretation of data from relevant University

 2.      Provision of data-based information on various aspects of University operations for use by the University as it deems fit. Some of those aspects include information on University academic/ material resources, University facilities, etc.

 3.      Periodic updating and analysis of data from relevant University bodies for the University on all the NUC approved funding parameters and other guidelines.

 4.      Annual updating, projection, analysis and interpretation of the university budget and the subsequent resource allocation within the ambit of the approved budget. The Bursar is responsible for financial planning and implementing of the financial matters of the University.  He works closely with the DAP in the production and presentation of the University budget.

 5.      Any other University function  assigned to it and which has to do with careful collection, analysis and interpretation of data for the purposes of  meeting certain criteria, etc or for providing other University bodies (MIS, PIU, etc.) information they need e.t.c.







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