Public universities in Kenya in early 2000 were only 6, serving the whole population of high school leavers. These were the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Moi University, Egerton University, JKUAT, and Maseno Universities. Back then, only four percent of form four leavers were allowed to join public universities.
This translated to about 10,000 students only. This cohort group was the top national cream who was supposed to have scored a minimum grade of B+ in their KNEC KCSE final exams.
Currently, this population has greatly increased with the demand for university degrees by Kenyans increasing by the day.
These days, over 100,000 high school leavers with a minimum score of C+ qualify for undergraduate courses in Kenyan universities.
This number cannot be absorbed by public universities alone hence students who miss out chances in public universities get an opportunity in private universities.
Register through the Principal’s portal
At the end of KCSE exams every year, interested school leavers do their course applications through the KUCCPS portal. Only the school principals can access the portal at this time, hence students have to make their applications through their principals.
At around February or early March, the high school graduates are allowed to access the KUCCPS Student’s portal and make their course revisions or apply afresh, if they never applied before.
They are given a week to make their applications.
When it comes to application, many students don’t know the difference between a university and a university college.
Also, universities enlisted on the KUCCPS website do not indicate the location of the universities. Therefore students have a hard time locating institutions of higher learning before making applications.
Difference between a University and a University College
A university is an institution of higher learning where students study for degrees, masters, and PhDs and academic research is done.
A university is granted a charter by the government before operating in Kenya. The charter gives authority to universities to offer certain courses and to confer degrees in these courses.
A university encompasses many schools or faculties each dealing with a set of academic disciplines. E.g school of pure and applied sciences offers courses touching on areas like sciences, biochemistry, analytical and industrial chemistry.