Schools Nigeria

Dominican University Ibadan

“Owned by the Order of Preachers, St. Joseph the Worker Province, Nigeria, and Ghana, Dominican University Ibadan is a private institution of higher learning. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) granted it a provisional license so that it may start conducting business in November 2016. It received a complete operational license from the FGN in July 2020. The institution currently offers degree programs in computer science, economics, accounting, business administration, mass communication, philosophy, and religious studies.”

The University’s goal is to help Nigeria realize the greatness that her potential demands by integrating people from different racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds into an academic setting that fosters collaboration and the genuine growth of a new humanity.

About Dominican University Ibadan

Dominican University The Order of Preachers’ first university in Africa is in Ibadan, Nigeria. The Order of Preachers, often known as the Dominican Order, was established by the Spanish friar Dominic de Guzman in 1216 with the blessing of Pope Innocent III. The Order has been actively involved in university education all around the world for more than 800 years. On the eight-hundredth anniversary of the Order’s founding, the Dominican University of Ibadan was founded.

Famous Dominicans, including the scientist and philosopher Albert the Great and his pupil, the philosopher, and theologian Thomas Aquinas, were towering thinkers in Europe’s forerunner universities in Paris, Bologna, Oxford, and Cologne. Fathers Edward Lawton, Michael Dempsey, and Arthur Kinsella, three members of the Order of Preachers, arrived in Lagos, Nigeria from Chicago, Illinois, the United States of America in 1951 with a mandate from the Holy See under the reign of Pope Pius XII to establish the Order in Nigeria.

However, their goal was to create and run a Catholic Prefecture in Sokoto, northern Nigeria, which is now the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto and includes the present-day Nigerian states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, and Katsina. Before they depart for Sokoto and upon their arrival in Lagos, Archbishop Leo Taylor of Lagos requested that they take over St. Patrick’s Church in Yaba, Lagos (later renamed St. Dominic’s). Dominicans already maintained a Thomistic Institute in Lagos where they exposed young Nigerians to Thomas Aquinas’ ideas. That was an effective warm-up for what would eventually turn into a discussion with Nigerian academics.

Dominicans decided to organize Nigerian and Ghanaian candidates for the Order in Ibadan in 1968. Ibadan, an ancient city with hills and red roofs, provided a religious order with an intellectual mission with two advantages: it is home to the oldest Catholic seminary in Nigeria, the Seminary of Ss. Peter and Paul in Bodija, and Nigeria’s top university, the University of Ibadan.

That decision carried on a custom that dates back to the Order’s early days. Early Dominican communities in Europe were situated close to academic institutions. It was a sensible thing to do for a religious organization actively involved in collegiate education.

Dominicans had the chance to teach in the seminary and the university thanks to Ibadan. Father Nadeau, a Dominican, once served as rector of the Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul, which was used to train future priests from several dioceses in West and Central Africa. Dominican Father Joseph Kenny taught Islamic studies at the Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul and the University of Ibadan’s Department of Religious Studies. Many additional Dominican friars also taught at the Dominican Institute and the Seminary, including Edward Riley, Colum Daley, Jude Mbukanma, Chris Angelo Otuibe, Iheanyi Enwerem, Clement Dioka, Anthony Akinwale, and Frederick Mvumbi Ntedika.

The Dominican University was conceived from the embryo of the Dominican Institute. African Dominican friars gathered in Ibadan in April 1976, thanks in large part to Father Vincent de Couesnongle, Head of the Order of Preachers at the time. Following that gathering, a governing body for Dominicans living in Africa was created. It chose to create the Dominican Institute in Ibadan as a center for philosophical studies for Dominicans throughout Africa. This organization is known as the Inter-African Order of Preachers (IAOP). Joseph Kenny, a pioneering director, was in charge.

The Dominican Institute joined the University of Ibadan’s affiliate network in 1993 to offer philosophy bachelor’s degrees. Father Iheanyi Enwerem, a political scientist, served as its first president when it was an affiliate school. The Institute’s doors were opened to everyone, not just Dominican students because it was intended to form the foundation of a future university. The Institute also offered a Master of Arts in Theology through affiliation with Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Theology through affiliation with the University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. Some of its graduates now work as professors in Nigerian and other universities.

The Dominican Order in Nigeria applied for a university license in 2006, seven years after Nigeria’s return to democracy ended a second period of military dictatorship, intending to convert the Dominican Institute into the Dominican University.

The Dominican University received a provisional license from the Nigerian federal government on November 2. On November 22, 2016, the license was given. On that day, the Order of Preachers’ first university on the continent of Africa was founded.

The Dominican Institute has been offering fully accredited Bachelor of Arts in philosophy through the National Universities Commission and Bachelor of Theology through the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education for more than 20 years. The Dominican University can brag of having come out on top thanks to its stellar track record, first-rate facilities, abundant human resources, and more than 800 years of Dominican involvement in tertiary education.

On August 22, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Dominican University named Professor Anthony Akinwale pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Governing Council. He was a professor of Systematic Theology and Thomistic Studies who had previously served three terms as the Dominican Institute’s president. He also chaired the planning and implementation committee for the Dominican University that was then being considered while the application for its license was being processed. On October 2, 2017, the Dominican University celebrated its first Mass since opening its doors to its first group of students.

The National Universities Commission told the University in a letter dated June 10, 2020, and addressed to the Vice Chancellor that she now possesses a full statutory license after passing through the probationary stage with flying colors.

Faculty and Departments In Dominican University Ibadan


  • Department of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Chemical Sciences
  • Department of Biological Sciences


  • Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Department of Mass Communication
  • Department of Accountancy & Business Administration
  • Department of Economics

FAQS about Dominican University Ibadan

Q. How many Students Does Dominican University Ibadan admit per year?

A. This is at the discretion of the university.

Q. Is Dominican University Ibadan a Federal or State School? 

A. It is a private higher education institution.

Q. What is the Jamb cut-off mark for Dominican University Ibadan?

A. The University accepts candidates who scored 140 and above in JAMB UTME.

Q. What is Dominican University Ibadan Official Website?


Q. Is Dominican University Ibadan a good school?

A. Yes, the university ranked 114th in Nigeria and 11714th in the World 2023 overall rankings.

Q. Are there hostels at Dominican University Ibadan?

A. Yes. The university hostel accommodation for students is conducive for students. Though DUI hostel accommodation fee varies from hostel to hostel.

Q. When is the Post UTME form coming out for Dominican University Ibadan?

A. DUI admission form 2023 is out. Dominican University Post UTME form for 2023/2024 Academic Session is on sale.

Q. Is Dominican University Ibadan Under ASUU?

A. No.

Q. Who founded Dominican University Ibadan?

A. The university was established by the Order of Preachers on the African continent.

Q. What are the requirements for Dominican University Ibadan?

A. General Admission Requirements

The UTME entry and the Direct Entry are the two main entry methods used by DU to admit students into undergraduate programs.

DU admission requirements through UTME 

Candidates for the UTME in 2023 who wish to enroll at Dominican University Ibadan, must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
  • A minimum of 6 (six) “Cs (Credits)” marks are required for candidates’ O’level results (s). English language, math, and three other topics pertinent to their area of study must be included. A candidate for law school, for example, needs to have a “C” in English Language, Mathematics, Government/History, Economics, and English Literature.
  • Applicants must receive a minimum score of 140 on the JAMB UTME.
  • Applicants must take the DU post-UTME screening test, and they must do well on it (Depending on the course of study)
  • Applicants must select the appropriate topic combinations for their studies because the Dominican University, Ibadan (DU) would only accept results from ONE sitting.
  • Ultimately, to be admitted to the institution, applicants must achieve the required cutoff scores for their respective courses.

DU admission requirements through Direct Entry 

The following criteria must be met by applicants who seek to be admitted directly into Dominican University Ibadan (DUI):

  • Applicants must have a minimum of five (5) credits on their o-level exam. Arithmetic and English language are both required in this. Unfortunately, results from two sittings are not permitted.
  • Also, applicants had to be 16 or older.
  • Applicants must obtain a JAMB Straight entrance form from JAMB to apply.
  • Applicants should possess one of the following documents: OND, ND, NCE, IJMB, A-levels from Cambridge, BSc, HND, and ICAN are all examples of diplomas.

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