The Faculty of Law was established during 1979/80 academic year and began offering courses in October 1980. The Faculty of Agriculture was established during the 1980/81 session.
From its inception in 1975, the University of Calabar has been guided by certain fundamental
considerations in its academic and other activities. Established at the peak of the national outcry against corruption, nepotism, indiscipline and indolence, the University sought a citizenry imbued with high sense of duty and conscious of its responsibilities to the Nigerian nation. Thus, character receives as much emphasis in our training as academics. The University was the first in the country to establish an annual Pro-Chancellor’s Prize for the Best Behaved Student of the Graduating Class.
Besides, as a Federal Institution, the University seeks to establish on the campus an atmosphere
where Nigerians from all States and linguistic groups in the country can cultivate healthy
social inter-group relations.
Indeed, almost all States of the Federation are represented in the student population of the institution which also enjoys patronage from neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Ghana, and Benin Republic.
The University has also consciously sought to learn from the mistakes of older Nigerian universities by adopting a rather flexible and forward looking attitude with regard to academic programming. Thus, from its inception, the University adopted the Four-Year integrated degree programme based on the semester system and the course system in its Faculties.
The University also makes conscious use of local materials for instructional purposes in the sincere effort to make her programmes relevant to the needs of Nigeria. Though not responsible to the State in which it is located, the University is responsive to the genuine aspirations and interests of her immediate community and interacts freely with that community through her programmes in Adult and Continuing Education, Comprehensive Healthcare Scheme, as well as Symposia, Seminars and Workshops organized not infrequently on and off campus. Founded at the peak of the cultural renaissance in the country and situated in an area of the country distinguished for her rich culture, the University prides itself as a significant academic custodian of the rich culture of the people through the performance of our Department of Theatre Arts, which, within the short period of its existence, has established an enviable record for itself in Nigeria and abroad.