Established by the Benue State University Edict No. 3 of 1991, Benue State University, Makurdi at the moment has eight Faculties. The University has a student enrolment figure of over seventeen thousand (17,000) covering undergraduate, postgraduate, sub-degree , preliminary science, French and vocational and technical education. The importance of a Student Affairs Division in the University can never be over emphasized. The Student Affairs Division of the Benue State University is directly under the office of the vice-Chancellor. The Division is headed by a Dean of Students who is an Academic staff. The Dean of Students is assisted by a Deputy Dean of Students who is an Academic Staff and a Senior Registry Staff designated as the Student Affairs Officer who is responsible to the Dean of Students for the day-to-day administration of the Division. The division is majorly concerned with students welfare.
The role of the Benue State University student Affairs division includes amongst others:
- The provision of counseling services to students:
The university has a resident Counseling psychologist attached to the counseling unit which is directly under the Student Affairs Division for the purpose of counseling the different categories of persons who come to seek knowledge in different fields in the University and have problems which they need to solve. These problem areas can be categories into:
- The problems of Adjustment
- Vocational problems
- Academic and study problems
- Social relationship problems
- Personal social problems
- Social psychological problems
- Moral and religious problems
- Family , marital and sex problems and
- Financial problems
The resident psychologist renders these counseling services to students in conjunction with other trained guidance counselors who are employed by the university for this purpose. The counseling unit occasionally organizes conferences and seminars aimed at encouraging students to contact the counselors whenever they have problems which they cannot resolve on their own. It is important to note here that the counseling unit offers services to even staff of the University.