List of All Universities in Kenya and their Locations In 2023

Learn about Kenya's higher education landscape, a fascinating tale of growth, dedication, and innovation.

Aug 9, 2023 - 14:00
Aug 9, 2023 - 14:09
List of All  Universities in Kenya and their Locations In 2023
List of All Universities in Kenya and their Location

Kenya's journey toward becoming a hub of higher education is a fascinating tale of growth, dedication, and innovation. Not too long ago, in the early 2000s, there were only six public universities in the country. The demand for university education was rapidly growing, and so was the number of high school graduates.

Can you imagine a nation with a growing thirst for knowledge, limited by just six universities? That's where Kenya was, and its growing story is both inspiring and instructive.

Today, Kenya boasts over 30 public universities and several private ones, accommodating over 100,000 high school leavers with a minimum score of C+. But how did this transformation happen? Let's dive into the details and explore Kenya's thriving world of higher education.

The Growth of Public Universities in Kenya

In the early 2000s, there were only six public universities in Kenya: the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Moi University, Egerton University, JKUAT, and Maseno Universities. These institutions were responsible for educating the entire population of high school leavers. Only four percent of form four leavers had the opportunity to join public universities, leaving many students without options.

Now, the number of universities has greatly increased, with many public and private options available. This dramatic growth signifies the commitment of the Kenyan government and private sector's commitment to educating its people.

Public Chartered Universities and their Locations

The list of public chartered universities in Kenya is vast, with institutions in almost every county. Here are some notable examples:

No. Name Location Branches in Kenya
1 University of Nairobi Nairobi Main campus, Kikuyu campus, Chiromo campus, Lower Kabete campus, Upper Kabete campus, Parklands campus, Kenya Science Campus, Kisumu campus, Mombasa campus
2 Moi University Eldoret Odera Akang’o Yala Campus, Mombasa Campus, Kericho Campus, Nairobi Campus, Alupe Campus
3 Kenyatta University Nairobi Main campus, Parklands campus, Ruiru campus, City campus, Kitui campus, Mombasa campus, Nakuru campus
4 Egerton University Njoro Main campus – Njoro, Nakuru Town Campus College (NTCC), Kenyatta campus
5 Maseno University Maseno Oginga Odinga University
6 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agric. & Tech. Kiambu Multimedia University College of Kenya, Meru University College of Science and Technology, Murang’a University College
7 Technical University of Mombasa Mombasa
8 Masinde Muliro Univ. of Science & Tech. Kakamega
9 Dedan Kimathi Univ. of Technology Nyeri Main Campus, Nyeri
10 Chuka University Chuka Main Campus, Chuka
11 Laikipia University Laikipia Main Campus, Nyahururu town Campus, Naivasha Campus, Nakuru Campus, Maralal Campus
12 South Eastern Kenya University Kitui SEKU Main Campus, Machakos Town Campus, Kitui Town Campus, Wote Town Campus, Mtito-Andei Campus, Nairobi City Campus
13 Kisii University Kisii Main Campus, Eldoret Campus, Nairobi Campus, Kapenguria Campus, Kericho Campus
14 Multimedia University of Kenya Nairobi (MMU) Main Campus
15 University of Kabianga Kericho (UoK) Main Campus, Kapkatet Campus, Kericho Satellite Campus, Satellite Campus
16 Karatina University Karatina Main Campus, Karatina Town Campus, Itiati Campus, Nanyuki Campus, Riverbank Campus
17 Meru University of Sci. & Tech. Meru MUST Main Campus, Meru Town Campus
18 Kirinyaga University Kerugoya Main Campus, Kutus town Kirinyaga County
19 Pwani University Kilifi Main Campus(Kilifi), Mombasa Campus
20 Murang’a University of Technology Murang’a
21 Machakos University Machakos MksU Main Campus
22 University of Eldoret Eldoret, Kenya Main Campus (Chepkoilel, Eldoret), Eldoret Town Campus
23 Kibabii University Bungoma County
24 Maasai Mara University Narok Narok
25 The Co-operative Univ. of Kenya Nairobi CUK Main campus, Karen
26 Rongo University Rongo, Migori (RU) Main Campus
27 Technical University of Kenya Nairobi Main Campus (Nairobi)
28 Garissa University Garissa Main Campus (Garissa)
29 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Univ. of Sci. & Tech. Bondo Main Campus (Bondo)
30 Taita Taveta University Voi Main Campus (Voi)
31 University of Embu Embu Main Campus (Embu)
32 National Defence University Nakuru Main Campus (Nakuru)

    Top 10 Performing Public Universities in Kenya

    Excellence is also a hallmark of Kenyan universities. The top performers include:

    1. University of Nairobi. 
    2. Maseno University, Kisumu
    3. Kenyatta University, Nairobi.
    4. Egerton University, Njoro.
    5. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Juja Kiambu Country.
    6. Moi University, Eldoret.
    7. Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi
    8. Chuka University, Chuka Town.
    9. Kisii University, Kisii. And finally,
    10. Machakos University, Machakos.

    These institutions are known for their high academic standards and comprehensive programs.

    Private Universities and Their Contributions

    Private Chartered Universities

    Not to be left behind, private universities also play a crucial role in Kenyan higher education. These institutions offer diverse and specialized programs, from the University of Eastern Africa in Uasin Gishu to Strathmore University in Nairobi County.

    1. Adventist University of Africa

    2. Africa International University

    3. Africa Nazarene University

    4. Aga Khan University

    5. AMREF International University 

    6. Catholic University Of Eastern Africa

    7. Daystar University

    8. East African University

    9. GRETSA University

    10. International Leadership University

    11. Kabarak University

    12. KCA University

    13. Kenya Methodist University

    14. Kenya Highlands University

    15. Lukenya University

    16. Mount Kenya University

    17. Pan Africa Christian University

    18. Pioneer International University

    19. RAF International University 

    20. Riara University

    21. Scott Christian University

    22. St Paul's University

    23. Strathmore University

    24. The Presbyterian University of EA

    25. Umma University

    26. United States International University – Africa

    27. University of Eastern Africa – Baraton

    28. Zetech University

    29. Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation 

    Understanding the Academic Landscape

    A. Difference Between a University and a University College

    Understanding the academic landscape requires distinguishing between a university and a university college. A university offers degrees, master's, and Ph.D. programs and conducts academic research. A university college, on the other hand, is a constituent of another university and offers limited undergraduate and graduate courses.

    B. Regulation and Standards

    All universities in Kenya are regulated by the Commission for University Education (CUE), ensuring quality and consistency in the education provided.

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    Kenya's higher education landscape is a remarkable tale of growth and potential. From just six public universities to an elaborate network of public and private institutions, the journey is a testament to the nation's dedication to education.

    Whether you are a student looking to embark on an academic journey or an academic exploring new opportunities, Kenya's universities offer a world of possibilities.

    Disclaimer: This article provides a comprehensive overview of the universities in Kenya, both public and private, as per the information available at the time of writing. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, consulting the respective universities or relevant government agencies for the most current information is advisable.

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    Joseph Richard Joseph is a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science (Applied Option). With expertise in Technology and Finance, he brings his knowledge to the field, demonstrating an authoritative understanding of these interrelated areas. Joseph is pursuing a Master's in Software Engineering, further expanding his skill set.