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University Education In Kenya

Kenya has the largest university education system in East Africa. The number of universities in Kenya rose from six public universities in 2003 to 22 in 2013. In total Kenya has 53 universities, nine constituent colleges of public universities and five of private universities. As a result, the number of university students rose steadily from 67,558 in 2003/04 to about 240,550 in 2013.

For instance there was an increase of 21.3 percent in overall university student enrolment from 198,260 in 2011 to 240,550 in 2013. Basically, the change in enrolment was higher than the 11.6 percent, recorded in 2011/12 because of a double intake that was implemented in 2012/ 13 academic year.

Female student enrolment rose by 30.5 per cent from 80,560 in 2011/12 to 106,115 in 2012/13. During the same period, enrolment in private universities increased by 11.6 per cent from 40,344 in 2011/12 to 45,023 in 2012/13 academic years.

Public universities student intake through the joint Admission Board increased by 23.4 per cent from 17,100 in 2008-2009 to 21,100 in 2009-2010. This was attributed to the establishment of more constituent colleges which boosted access to university education. The number have risen to 24,000 in the 2010-2011 academic year.

But women enrolment declined from 40.1 per cent in 2008-2009 to 37.9 per cent in 2009-2010. To boost the numbers, the joint board has an affirmative policy of admitting female students with a point lower than their male counterparts.

Here are some of the top best universities in the country.

1. University of Nairobi

Category: Universities in Kenya

University of Nairobi (UoN) is a collegiate research university based in Nairobi Kenya. It is one of the largest universities in Kenya. Although its history as an educational institution dates back to 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970. In this year, the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Nairobi.

For more information please visit: University of Nairobi

2. Kenyatta University

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Kenyatta University,is a public university located in Nairobi Kenya.It is the second largest public university in the country (after University of Nairobi). The University is located in Kahawa, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Nairobi’s city centre, along the Nairobi-Thika road.The history of Kenyatta University began in 1965 when the British Government handed over the Templar Barracks to the newly formed government of Kenya. The Barracks were then changed into a college known as Kenyatta College. Initially, the College was divided into two; the Secondary Education Division and the Teacher Education Division, which started by offering the three-year Post – Ordinary level Secondary Teacher’s Certificate.

For more information please visit: Kenyatta University

3. Egerton University

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Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s.In 1950, the School was upgraded to an Agricultural College offering diploma programmes. The Egerton Agricultural College Ordinance was enacted in 1955. In 1979, the Government of Kenya and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded a major expansion of the institution.

For more information please visit: Egerton University

4. Moi University

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Moi University is a public university located in Eldoret town in western Kenya. It was the second public university to be established in Kenya, after the University of Nairobi. It is one of seven fully fledged public institutions of higher learning in Kenya (others being the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Maseno University, Egerton University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and Kenyatta University). It was established in 1984 by the Moi University Act of Parliament after recommendations from the Mackay Commission.

For more information please visit: Moi University

5. Strathmore University

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Strathmore University is a chartered university based in Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore College was started in 1961 as an Advanced-level Sixth Form College offering Science and Arts subjects by a group of professionals, who formed a charitable Educational Trust (now the Strathmore Educational Trust). Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, inspired and encouraged them to start the College.

For more information please visit: Strathmore University

6. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

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Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres North East of Nairobi, along Nairobi-Thika Highway.It was started in 1981 as a Middle Level College (Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKCAT)) by the Government of Kenya with the generous assistance from the Japanese Government.

For more information please visit: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

7. United States International University

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United States International University -Africa is located in the Kasarani area, off Thika Road in the suburb of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi Kenya. The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving 6032 students representing 70 nationalities. United States International University seeks “to identify, recruit and admit qualified students to the university” in accordance with the published standards determined by the university leadership and in keeping with the university mission as described in the university catalog.

For More information please visit; United States International University

8. Mt Kenya University

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Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a private, multi-campus, chartered university in Kenya. It is one of the largest private universities in the country.The institution was founded in 1996 as Thika Institute of Technology. In 2000, the Institute developed into a commercial college offering management and computer training programmes. Later in the year the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology recognized the institute as a full-fledged institution of higher learning and granted it a full registration approval. In 2005 the Institute became the 1st private institution in Kenya to be allowed to train pharmaceutical technologists by the Pharma cy and Poisons Board of the Kenya Ministry of Health.

For more information please Visit: Mount Kenya University

9. Technical University of Kenya

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The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) is a public university located at Haile Selassie Ave, Nairobi Kenya. The School was established through the elevation of The Kenya Polytechnic University College (KPUC) to full university status. TU-K was established as the first Technical University in Kenya line with the provisions of the proposed Universities Act, 2012.

For more information please visit:  The Technical University of Kenya

10. Daystar University

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Daystar was co-founded in 1964 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, by Dr. S.E. Motsoko Pheko, a political refugee from South Africa, and Dr. Donald and Mrs. Faye K. Smith, an American missionary couple.The name ‘Daystar’ is derived from the Bible (2nd Peter 1:19), which is used to describe Jesus Christ. With this in mind, every member of Daystar University is encouraged to emulate Jesus Christ in behaviour, lifestyle and speech.

For more information please visit: Daystar University

11. Maseno University

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Maseno University is a university based in Maseno, near Kisumu, in Kenya and was founded in 1991. It is one of the seven public universities in Kenya. The University is located in Maseno Township along Kisumu-Busia road, some 25 km from Kisumu City and 400 km west of Nairobi. It has two campuses: the Kisumu campus and the Main campus. The Main campus is located along Kisumu-Busia road, while the Kisumu campus is located in Kisumu City.

For more information please visit: Maseno University

12.University of Eastern Africa, Baraton

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The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, is a fully accredited institution of higher learning accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, and was chartered by the Government of the Republic of Kenya on March 28, 1991. It is also a member of the Commonwealth Association of Universities, and the Inter-University Council for East Africa.

For more information please visit: University of Eastern Africa, Baraton

13. KCA University

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KCA University (KCAU) is a non-profit making institution, founded as Kenya College of Accountancy in July 1989 by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to improve the quality of accountancy and financial management training in the country.

For more information please visit: KCA University

14. Kenya Methodist University

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The Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) is a Chartered private University founded by the Methodist Church in Kenya. It is situated within woodland on the North Eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, five kilometres from Meru Town.The evolution of KeMU is based on the 1906 Methodist Church education policy that resulted in the development of schools, industrial institutes and colleges.

For more information please visit:  Kenya Methodist University

15. Africa Nazarene University

Category: Universities in Kenya

ANU is a private Christian university and an institution of the international Church of the Nazarene.ANU is proud of its humble beginnings and development since August 1994 when Dr. Martha John, ANU’s first Vice Chancellor, opened the University’s doors to 62 students from eleven African countries taking undergraduate courses in Theology and Business Administration or a Masters of Arts in Religion. One year later, the university introduced the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, welcoming an additional 42 students.

For more information please visit: Africa Nazarene University

16. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

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Dedan Kimathi University College of Technology (KUCT) is a public, coeducational technological university located in Nyeri Town. It is one of 19 public universities and constituent colleges in Kenya, one of four constituent colleges of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and it employs a strong emphasis on scientific and technological programmes.

For more information please visit: Dedan Kimathi University College of Technology

17. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

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Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, formerly Western University College of Science and Technology, is a public university in Kenya. The university is named after Masinde Muliro, a beloved Kenyan politician who helped found the school. Muliro died in 1992. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology started as Western College of Arts and Applied Sciences. In 1972, former Cabinet Minister Masinde Muliro was the chairman of the project committee. The first students joined in 1977 to study certificate and diploma courses in engineering mechanical, motor vehicle, electrical and electronic agriculture, water, building, architecture, accounting and finance.

For more information please visit; Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

18. Pwani University College

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Pwani University is a public university in the Kilifi County in Kenya, located 60 km north of Mombasa in the resort town of Kilifi, within the larger Kilifi County. Prior to the award of a Charter, the University was a Constituent College of Kenyatta University. The College formerly the Kilifi Institute of Agriculture was established on 23 August 2007 by an order signed by H.E President Mwai Kibaki.

For more information please visit: Pwani University College

19. Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Category: Universities in Kenya

On 26 November 2008 construction of a modernistic, multi-purpose resource centre began. The whole project is expected to reach completion sometime in 2012 and will serve as the main hub for most activities and events of the college.The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), like most other universities, started in a modest way. It commenced as a graduate school of theology known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA).

For more information please visit: Catholic University of Eastern Africa

20. Kabarak University

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Kabarak University is located 20kms north of Nakuru town,along the Nakuru-Eldama Ravine highway.It is in a serene environment that makes it an ideal place for learning.Today the University has over 1000 students pursuing various academic courses in Science,Engineering,Technology,Business,Law,Theology and Education.It has since had several graduation ceremonies in which over 2,000 graduands have graduated.

For more information please visit: Kabarak University

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Public Universities in Kenya

1. Chuka university

Category: Public Universities in Kenya

Chuka University is a public university in the Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. The University is situated approximately 186 km from Nairobi along the Nairobi-Meru highway, in a rural setting on the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level. Chuka University is within Chuka/Igamba-ng’ombe Constituency, Tharaka-Nithi County.

For more information please visit; Chuka University

2. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

Category: Public Universities in Kenya

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) is situated Bondo Town within Siaya County on Bondo Usenge Road. JOOUST is the successor of Bondo University College (BUC) which was established by the Government of Kenya as a Constituent College of Maseno University through a Legal Order No. 56 of 11th May 2009.

For more information please visit: Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

3. Karatina University

Category: Public Universities in Kenya

Karatina University was established as a full-fledged public university in Kenya through the award of Charter on 1st March 2013. Situated 15km North off Karatina town, the University aspires to be one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Kenya and beyond. We offer quality education that is in tandem with the needs and aspirations of the global village as captured in our Vision, Mission and Core Values.

For more information please visit: Karatina University

4. Kisii University

Category: Public Universities in Kenya

Kisii University was founded in 1965 as a Primary Teachers’ Training College on land that was donated by the Gusii County Council. The Primary Teachers’ Training College was upgraded to the status of a Secondary Teacher’s College in 1983 offering ordinary Diploma programme. In 1994, Egerton University took over the college and was offering Post Graduate Diploma in Education up to 2001. In 1999, the first-degree programme (Business and Management) was started in the Faculty of Commerce.

For more information please visit; Kisii University


  1. Chuka Univ
  2. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST)
  3. Karatina University
  4. Kisii University
  5. Laikipia University College
  6. Meru University
  7. Multimedia University of Kenya
  8. Technical University of Mombasa (TUM)
  9. University of Eldoret

Chartered Universities in Kenya

Chartered Private Universities in Kenya

  1. Africa International University
  2. Great Lakes University of Kisumu
  3. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University
  4. Pan Africa Christian University-PAC
  5. Scott Christian University
  6. St.Pauls University
  7. The Management University of Africa

Private Universities in Kenya with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA)

  1. Adventist University of Africa
  2. Aga Khan University
  3. Genco University
  4. Inoorero University
  5. Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology
  6. Presbyterian University of East Africa
  7. The Management University of Africa
  8. The Presbyterian University of East Africa
  9. Umma University
  10. Gretsa University
  11. Pioneer International University
  12. Riara University

Private Universities in Kenya – Constituent Colleges

  1. Hekima University College
  2. Marist International University College (MIUC)
  3. Tangaza University College
  4. Uzima University College
  5. Regina Pacis University College

Public Universities in Kenya – Constituent Colleges

  1. Bondo University College
  2. Cooperative University College of Kenya
  3. Embu University College
  4. Kibabii University College (KIBUCO)
  5. Machakos University College
  6. Murang’a University College (MRUC)
  7. Rongo University College
  8. South Eastern University College Kenya
  9. Taita Taveta University College

University Courses in Kenya

  1. Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology Degree Courses
  2. Egerton University Degree Courses
  3. Moi University Degree Courses
  4. Maseno University: Degree Courses
  5. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology – JKUAT Degree Courses
  6. Kenyatta University: Degree Courses
  7. University of Nairobi Degree Courses
  8. Kenya Medical Training College Courses
  9. Baraton University Courses
  10. United States International University Courses
  11. Strathmore University Courses
  12. St. Paul’s University Courses
  13. Pan African Christian University Courses
  14. Mount Kenya University Courses
  15. Kenya Methodist University Courses
  16. Kabarak University Courses
  17. The Daystar University Courses
  18. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa Courses
  19. Africa Nazarene University Courses
  20. Africa International University Courses
  21. Chepkiolel university College Courses
  22. Chuka University College Courses
  23. Bondo University College Courses
  24. Kimathi University Courses
  25. Karatina University College Courses
  26. Narok University College Courses
  27. Multimedia University College Courses
  28. Kenya Polytechnic University College Courses
  29. Mombasa Polytechnic University College Courses
  30. Rongo University College
  31. Meru University College of Science and Technology
  32. Laikipia University College
  33. South Eastern University College
  34. Pwani University Courses
  35. Kisii University Courses
  36. Kabianga University College Courses
  37. Kenya Polytechnic Courses
  38. Embu University College Degree Courses
  39. Rongo University College Degree Courses
  40. Garisa University College Degree Courses
  41. Kibabi University College Degree Courses
  42. Cooperative University College Degree Courses
  43. Kirinyaga University College Degree Courses
  44. Maranga University College Degree Courses
  45. Taita Teveta University College Degree Courses
  46. Chepkoilel University College Degree Courses
  47. Karatina University College Degree Courses
  48. Multimedia University College of Kenya Degree Courses
  49. Laikipia University College Degree Courses
  50. Kabianga University College Degree Courses
  51. Bondo University College Degree Courses
  52. South Eastern University College Degree Courses
  53. Meru University College Degree Courses
  54. Narok University College Degree Courses
  55. Chuka University College Degree Courses
  56. Kisii University College Degree Courses
  57. Pwani University College Degree Courses
  58. Kimathi University College Degree Courses
  59. Mombasa Polytechnic University College Degree Courses
  60. Kenya Polytechnic University College Degree Courses

Top and Best Universities in Kenya – University Ranking in Kenya 2014

  1. University of Nairobi
  2. Kenyatta University
  3. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  4. Egerton University
  5. Moi University
  6. Strathmore University Nairobi
  7. African Virtual University
  8. KCA University
  9. Maseno University
  10. Mount Kenya University
  11. United States International University
  12. Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  13. Kabarak University
  14. Kenya Methodist University
  15. University of Eastern Africa Baraton
  16. Pwani University College
  17. Taita Taveta University College
  18. Technical University of Kenya
  19. Daystar University
  20. Tangaza College
  21. International School of Kenya
  22. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  23. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (Kimathi University College of Technology)
  24. Scott Theological College
  25. Africa Nazarene University
  26. East Africa School of Management
  27. Saint Paul’s University Limuru
  28. Inoorero University (Kenya School of Professional Studies)
  29. Kenia Institute of Management
  30. Zetech College
  31. Nairobi Institute of Business Studies
  32. Kisii University
  33. Multimedia University College of Kenya
  34. Riara University
  35. Great Lakes University of Kisumu
  36. Kenya Medical Training College
  37. Technical University of Mombasa (Mombasa Polytechnic University College)
  38. Presbyterian University of East Africa
  39. Pan Africa Christian University
  40. Maryknoll Institute of African Studies Nairobi
  41. Adventist University of Africa
  42. Eldoret University
  43. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (Bondo University College)
  44. International Leadership University (Nairobi International School of Theology)
  45. Institute of Advanced Technology Kenya
  46. Gretsa University
  47. Africa International University (Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology)
  48. Meru University of Science and Technology
  49. Rongo University College
  50. Karatina University College
  51. Laikipia University College
  52. Chuka University
  53. Machakos University College
  54. Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute
  55. Kibabii University College
  56. Umma University
  57. Masai Mara University
  58. Riccatti Business College
  59. Murang’a University College
  60. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University (Kenya Highlands Bible College)
  61. Co-operative University College of Kenya
  62. Kirinyaga University College
  63. Embu Universit

Top 10 Universities in Kenya

  1. University of Nairobi
  2. Kenyatta University
  3. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  4. Egerton University
  5. Moi University
  6. Strathmore University Nairobi
  7. African Virtual University
  8. KCA University
  9. Maseno University
  10. Mount Kenya University