To develop an institution of higher learning that combines academic excellence with the pursuit of the unity of Nigeria.
To provide instructional, research, and public service programmes appropriate to a university of high standing that guarantees academic excellence and to operate a strong and virile distance learning component that ensures equal educational access to a large constituency.
More so, in order to fulfill the mission of the University the objectives of the University of Abuja have been clearly spelt out in section 1(3) of its law [University of Abuja Act - 106(1992) cap U2 LFN (2004)]. Specifically, the objectives of University shall be:
To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all person without distinction of race , creed ,sex or political conviction, the opportunity of acquiring higher liberal education.
To provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make those facilities available to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them.
To encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavor.
To relate its activities to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria.
To undertake as part of its academic programmes distance learning and continuing education in various disciplines to cater for the interest of working class or those who cannot benefit from the full-time university education and
To undertake any other activities appropriate for a University of the highest standard.