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List of Universities in Kenya and their Location

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.

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 on chances in public universities get an opportunity in private universities.

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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.

University of Nairobi premises
University of Nairobi premises.

All universities in Kenya are regulated by the Commission for University Education (CUE).

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A university college is a constituent of another university and only offers a limited number of undergraduate and graduate courses, along with diploma courses. A university college is a college permitted to offer degree courses.

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That being said, let me present the list of public and private universities in Kenya together with their county of location.

Public Chartered Universities in Kenya and their Location

  1. The University of Nairobi – Nairobi County
  2. Moi University – Uasin Gishu
  3. Kenyatta University – Kiambu
  4. Egerton University – Nakuru
  5. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – Kiambu
  6. Maseno University – Kisumu
  7. Chuka University – Tharaka Nithi
  8. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology – Nyeri
  9. Kisii University – Kisii
  10. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology – Kakamega
  11. Pwani University – Kilifi
  12. Technical University of Kenya – Nairobi County
  13. Maasai Mara University – Narok
  14. Meru University of Science and Technology – Meru
  15. Multimedia University of Kenya – Nairobi County
  16. South Eastern Kenya University – Kitui
  17. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology – Siaya
  18. Laikipia University – Laikipia
  19. University of Kabianga – Kericho
  20. Karatina University – Nyeri
  21. University of Eldoret – Uasin Gishu
  22. Kibabii University – Bungoma
  23. Kirinyaga University – Kirinyaga
  24. Machakos University – Machakos
  25. Murang’a University of Technology – Murang’a
  26. Rongo University – Migori
  27. Taita Taveta University – Taita Taveta
  28. The Co-operative University of Kenya – Nairobi County
  29. University of Embu – Embu
  30. Garissa University – Garissa
  31. Kaimosi Friends University – Vihiga
  32. Alupe University – Busia
  33. Tom Mboya University – Homa Bay
  34. Tharaka University- Tharaka Nithi
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Public University Colleges

  • Turkana University College – Turkana
  • Bomet University College – Bomet

Private Chartered Universities

  1. University of Eastern Africa – Uasin Gishu
  2. Catholic University of Eastern Africa – Nairobi County
  3. Daystar University – Machakos
  4. Scott Christian University – Machakos
  5. United States International University – Nairobi County
  6. Africa Nazarene University – Kajiado
  7. Kenya Methodist University – Meru
  8. St. Paul’s University – Kiambu
  9. Pan Africa Christian University – Nairobi County
  10. Kabarak University – Baringo
  11. Strathmore University – Nairobi County
  12. Africa International University – Nairobi County
  13. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University – Kericho
  14. Mount Kenya University – Kiambu
  15. Great Lakes University of Kisumu- Kisumu
  16. Adventist University of Africa – Kajiado
  17. KCA University – Nairobi County
  18. KAG – East University – Kajiado
  19. Lukenya University – Machakos
  20. Zetech University – Kiambu
  21. Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology – Nairobi
  22. The East African University – Kajiado
Zetech University Ruiru Campus
Zetech University Ruiru Campus premises.

Private University Colleges

  • Tangaza University College – Nairobi County
  • Marist International University College – Nairobi County
  • Regina Pacis University College – Nairobi County
  • Uzima University College – Kisumu
  • Hekima University College – Nairobi County

Private Universities with Letters of Interim Authority

  • Aga Khan University – Nairobi County
  • GRETSA University – Kiambu
  • Presbyterian University of East Africa – Kiambu
  • Management University of East Africa – Nairobi County
  • Pioneer International University – Nairobi County
  • Riara University – Nairobi County
  • Umma University – Kajiado County
  • International Leadership University – Nairobi County
  • RAF International University – Nairobi County
  • AMREF International University
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We have reached the end. I hope this information will help you choose a certified and recognized university.