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Top 5 Private Universities In Ghana


This article highlights the list of top 5 private universities in Ghana or top private universities in Ghana that Ghanaians considering attending a private university can choose from.

Private universities in Ghana are universities owned by individuals or institutions rather than the government of Ghana.

Ghana has witnessed an upswing in the education sector since the growth of more universities owned by institutions and organizations. One major relief it has brought is the decrease in pressure on public universities.

As of the time of writing this post, there are about 15 public universities in Ghana, 46 training colleges formerly known as teacher training colleges, about 10 technical universities and approximately 79 nursing training colleges in the country.

Apart from these numbers, there are others like vocational and technical universities and specialised institutions.

Devoid of this number of institutions we have in the country, there is always pressure on institutions. The countrie’s top universities; the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the University of Ghana and the University of Cape Coast can admit a little over 30,000 applicants out of hundreds of thousands applications they receive each year.

The introduction of the Government’s flagship programme; the free Senior High School program means more people have the opportunity to attend senior high school and the more we have a lot of Senior high school graduates, the higher the probability of having a competitive admission year in various schools.

The advent of more private universities in Ghana has saved the situation even though there are still challenges. Private universities in Ghana are affiliated with the public universities in Ghana and some also have affiliation with foreign universities.

What that means is that, when you graduate from any of these private universities, you will be awarded by the University’s affiliated to.

There are various requirements you have to meet to considered autonomous. Autonomous universities are the ones that have the legal grant to issue certificates in their school’s names. A typical example is Central University.

Even though it is still a private university, it has been granted permission after meeting the requirements to award its certificates.

As at the time of writing this post, there about 46 private universities in Ghana. And of this number, we have few of them doing well to be recognised as the best private universities in Ghana.

Top 5 Private Universities In Ghana

The underlisted are the top 5 private universities in Ghana to consider for admissison;

Ashesi University-Berekuso


Ashesi University is the number one on our top 5 private universities in Ghana. Ashesi’s mission is to propel an African renaissance by educating ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.

Located in Ghana, this private, non-profit university combines a rigorous multidisciplinary core with degree programs in Computer Science, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, and Engineering.

A student-led honour code, integrated community service, diverse internships, and real-world projects prepare students to develop innovative solutions for the challenges facing their individual communities, countries and the continent at large.

Regent University College of Science and Technology


The Regent University College of Science and Technology (often referred to as Regent-Ghana) is located in Accra, Ghana. It was registered in September 2003, and received accreditation to operate as a tertiary institution in 2004. In January 2005 it started its lectures with 30 pioneer students at Trinity Campus, Mataheko.

Now, the University operates from its purpose built campus, located at McCarthy Hill, off the Mallam-Kasoa-Winneba Highway. It is recognized as one of the leading private science and technology Universities in Ghana.

In the 14th edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Regent was ranked third best university in Ghana.

Regent University College of Science and Technology was ranked the best private University in Ghana in the July 2020 edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Regent is ranked 7th University overall in Ghana in the same edition of the bi-annual ranking.

Valley View University


Valley View University was established in 1979 by the West African Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists.
 In 1997 it was absorbed into the Adventist University system operated by the West Central Africa Division (WAD) now West Central African Division of Seventh-day Adventist with headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
The Ghana Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, (organized in 2000), serves as the local manager of the University.
The University was initially called the Adventist Missionary College (AMC) and was located at Bekwai-Ashanti.  It was transferred to Adenta near Accra in 1983 where it operated in rented facilities until it was relocated to its present site near Oyibi (kilometre 31 on the Accra-Dodowa Road) in 1989.  It was renamed Valley View College.

Central Universitytop-5-private-universities-in-ghana

Central University is an educational Initiative of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC).

It has its origins in a short-term Pastoral training institute, which was started in October 1988 by ICGC. It was later incorporated, in June 1991 under the name, Central Bible College. In 1993, the name was changed again to Central Christian College.

The College later upgraded its programmes to the baccalaureate level, and in line with national aspirations, expanded its programmes to include an integrated and practice oriented business school, named Central Business School.

To reflect its new status as a liberal arts tertiary institution, the university was re-christened Central University College in 1998. The National Accreditation Board has since accredited it as a tertiary Institution. It is co-educational with equal access for male and female enrolment

Garden City University College, Kumasitop-5-private-universities-in-ghana

Garden City University College is also one of the top 5 private universities in Ghana. It was established as the College of Information Technology and Management Systems (CITMAS) in 2001. The College commenced operation in October 2002 with four main programmes:

  • Certificate in AutoCad
  • Certificate in Integrated Business Computer Applications
  • Diploma in Computer Programming and Operations
  • Diploma in Network Information Systems

In January 2004, the Board of Directors voted to convert the College into a University College. This was done to broaden the scope of the College and utilize the vast resources and facilities that had been assembled.

It was officially accredited under the name Garden City University College, Kenyase-Kumasi by the National Accreditation Board in July 2005 to run degree and diploma programmes.


The above are the list of our top 5 Private Universities in Ghana.

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