The university began as a University College affiliated to the oldest university
in Nigeria in 1975 under the leadership of the then principal, Dr T.N. Tamuno.
The first set of 200 students, selected following an entrance examination,
were admitted into residence on 23 October 1976, while academic work
started on 25 October after the Principal’s address. The University College
started with three academic faculties of Arts, Science and Education.
In October 1977, the institution attained full autonomous status with
appointment of the then Principal, Professor O.O Akinkugbe as first vice
chancellor. The immediate past vice chancellor, Professor [Is-haq Oloyede] is
the first Unilorin alumnus to occupy that position. The staff and student
populations now stand at 3,040 and 20,084 respectively.
The University started off on a portion of the temporary campus of the Kwara
State Polytechnic known as the mini campus. This was the site of academic
programmes in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education, Engineering &
Technology, Business and Social Sciences, and basic clinical sciences of the
Health Sciences Faculty. It was the only campus of the university until
January 1982 when more than 1000 students studying science were moved
following completion of new Faculty blocks and residences for Natural
Sciences and Engineering on the permanent campus site. From 1983, the law
programme was started as a department in the Faculty of Business and
Social Sciences. Following a 6-year hiatus, it was re-established in 1993 as a
full fledged Faculty. The university now has 15 faculties: Arts, Agriculture,
Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Management Sciences, Physical
Sciences, Social Sciences, Communication and Information Sciences, 
Education, Engineering and Technology, Pharmaceutical Science, Veterinary
Medicine, and Law; a College of Health Sciences (with 2 Faculties-Basic
Medical and Clinical Sciences); two institutes (Institute of Education and
Unilorin Sugar Research Institute); and the Postgraduate School. These
faculties have over 60 academic departments. Undergraduate degree
programmes are run for 3-5, or 6 years, depending on entry qualifications and
The University of Ilorin is located in the ancient city of Ilorin, about 500
kilometres from Abuja, the Federal capital. Ilorin, the Capital of Kwara State,
is strategically located at the geographical and cultural confluence of the
North and South with a land mass of 75,000 (approximate) hectare.
University of Ilorin was one of the seven institutions of higher learning
established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in August, 1975.
This step, taken to implement one of the educational directives of the
country’s Third National Development Plan, was aimed at providing more
opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire university education and to
generate high level man-power, so vital for the rapidly expanding economy.
The then University College of Ilorin was initially affiliated to the University of
Ibadan. Dr. T.N. Tamuno, Professor and Head of History Department at the
University of Ibadan, was appointed the first Principal of the College in
September, 1975. Shortly after Professor Tamuno’s appointment as Principal
of the College, he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Ibadan. It therefore, became necessary to appoint another Principal in the
person of Professor O.O. Akinkugbe, former Dean of the then Faculty of
Medicine, University of Ibadan, in December 1975.
The then new Principal, Professor O.O. Akinkugbe, made several visits to the
second Military Governor of Kwara State, the late Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo in
connection with the new institution, such that by March 1976, he had
established residence at Ilorin. The support given to the fledgling Institution
by Governor Taiwo continued even more vigorousl ny under the third Military
Governor of the State, Brigadier George A. Innih, who ceded a portion of the
temporary site of the Kwara State College of Technology to the University.
The site, up till now, serves as the mini campus of the University.
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