This study was conducted at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Respondents were two hundred (200) female undergraduates who filled out their questionnaires properly and had their anthropometric measurements and their matching blood samples taken. Haemoglobin concentration was determined for each respondent using WHO standard and their nutritional status assessed using Body mass index (wt/ht2). Descriptive statistics was used to analyze data from the questionnaires. Results from this study showed that more than half (59%) of the population were anaemic. Many (45%) of the students were also underweight. It can be concluded that the low haemoglobin levels found among the students may be as a result of low food consumption and the frequent consumption of tea.  Nutrition education is recommended to improve nutritional status of the students


Female undergraduates, anaemia, Abeokuta

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