Top 10 Best Universities in Kenya 2019

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 This is a comprehensive guide into the best universities in Kenya.  By the end of this guide you will discover the top universities to study in.

If you have any questions feel free to drop them on the comments section.

1. University of Nairobi      

  • One of the oldest and best universities in Kenya
  • Established by an Act of Parliament Cap 210 of the Laws of Kenya
  • Offers approximately 200 courses
  • Has many branches across the country which are easy to access and have some of the best academic resources.
  • This university has received many awards for its achievements in Academics and has invariably been ranked as the best university in Kenya and Africa at large.

2. Kenyatta University      

  • Kenyatta University is no doubt one of the best universities in Kenya
  • Its main campus in Nairobi sits on more than 1,000 acres of land
  • The university prides of a serene academic environment with some of the best resources.
  • Some of the most renowned people in Kenya and Africa studied at Kenyatta University.
  • The university provides a variety of top quality academic programmes that enable its graduates to shine in the job market.
  • KU has channeled a lot of investment to infrastructure and facilities in an attempt to build a top class university with a conducive academic environment.
  • Most graduates from KU are very competent in the job market and most employers prefer them.

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3. Egerton University  

  • Arguably one of the oldest and top universities in Kenya
  • The university was established in 1939 as a Farm School by a British Citizen known as Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton.
  • It was later refurbished to an Agricultural College in 1950 solely focusing on diploma programmes.
  • In 1986, the Agricultural college became the constituent college of the University of Nairobi
  • It was officially relaunched as Egerton University in 1987 through an Act of Parliament
  • The univerisity has since grown to become of the best universities in Kenya.
  • Its main campus is located in Njoro.
  • It offers some of the best courses in Kenya
  • Every year, Egerton University produces over 3,000 graduates making it one of the most populated universities in Kenya.

4. Moi University 

  • Moi University has early beginnings but was officially inaugurated in 1985 by former President Daniel Toroitich. Arap Moi who was its Chancellor.
  • It has grown over the years to become one of the top universities in Kenya.
  • When it started, it had only one faculty but now prides of about 15 schools and nine Directorates
  • It is currently home to more than 50,000 students making it one of the most populated universities in Kenya.
  • It offers programs spanning diverse fields in Diploma, Undergraduate, Masters, PostGraduate Diploma and Doctorate of Philosophy.
  • Moi University has four campuses which comprises the Main Campus, Town Campus, Eldoret West Campus and Odera Akang’o Campus.
  • Each of these campuses are focused on specialized academic programmes.
  • It also prides of two constituent colleges which includes the Garissa University College and Rongo University College. Both of these colleges offer certified unique undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Moi University has three Satellite Campuses which are situated in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kitale.

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5. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology  (JKUAT)  

  • This is one of the pioneer institution of higher learning in Kenya.
  • It is located in Juja 36 kilometres North East of Nairobi, along Nairobi-Thika Highway.
  • The university was established in early 1981 as JKCAT ((Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology) through a collaboration between the Kenyan and Japanese government.
  • During this time, it was categorized as a Middle Level College.
  • The initial 200 hectares of land in which the University laid its foundation was donated by the first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
  • On 4th May 1981, JKCAT received its first bunch of students.
  • It was then officially opened on 17th March 1982 by H.E. Daniel Arap Moi and had its first ever graduation in 1984.
  • JKCAT was later incorporated as a constituent College of Kenyatta University  in 1988 by Danie Arap Moi.
  • This was done through a legal notice under the Kenyatta University Act (CAP 210C).
  • The named later changed to Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUCAT) and officially became JKUAT in 1994.
  • Since then, this university has grown to become of the top universities in Kenya.
  • It offers a lot of programmes most in Agriculture and Technology.

6. Maseno University     

  • Definitely one of the top universities in Kenya.
  • It was established in 1991
  • Popularly known for being the only university in the world that is positioned along the Equator.
  • Maseno University is found in Maseno Township along Kisumu-Busia road. That is approximately 25km from Kisumu city and also bordering Kisumu and Vihiga counties.
  • The University was born after the merging of Maseno Government Training Institute (GTI) with Siriba Teacher’s Training College to form one learning institution which was named Maseno University College.
  • This new institution became the Constituent College of Moi University.
  • It was then gazetted in 1990 an learning in 2001 became a full-fledged University
  • The university currently has four Campuses, a College and a Constituent College.
  • This is one of the universities in Kenya that is striving towards embracing online learning popularly known as eCampus.
  • This will enable the University to deliver some of its programs via the internet with the exams being done on campus when the semester ends.
  • According to the university website the name “Maseno” was coined by Rev. J.J. Willis out of the name of a tree known in local dialects as “Oseno” or “Oluseno” that stood next to the spot where the first missionaries in the region erected their base.

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7. Strathmore University

  • Strathmore University has its beginnings in 1962 when it was founded as an Advanced-level Sixth Form College.
  • When it began, it only offered studies in Science and Arts subjects
  • But 4 years later in 1966, the university welcomed its first group of 25 Accountancy students who were sponsored by Shell East Africa, BAT (East Africa) and the East African Breweries.
  • In October 1982, owing to the increased demand from companies for the professional training of their employees, the College began evening courses in Accountancy after normal working hours, with 60 students sponsored by various companies.
  • In 1986, Strathmore College received a donation of  5 acres of land from the Kenyan government for its expansion.
  • They late started offering computer courses in 1991 after the establishment of the Information Technology Centre in the Lavington Campus. This gave birth to the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (formerly Institute of Data Processing Management)
  • In January 1992 a Distance Learning Centre was opened to offer correspondence courses in Accountancy to students who were not in a position to attend on-campus studies.
  • Later in 1993, the Strathmore College was merged with Kianda College to form one institution.
  • In 2007 it was awarded a charter by the Commission for Higher Education and began operating as a fully-fledged university.
  • Since then, it has grown to become one of the best universities in Kenya.

8. Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology 

  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology was founded in 1972
  •  When it was founded it was named  western College of Arts and Applied Sciences. 
  •  The university was founded under the  stewardship of the then member of Parliament Hon. Masinde Muliro. 
  •  MMUST was founded  to cater for the Educational Needs of the people of the former Western province.   This would also help students to be self-reliant and create a new group of quality graduates for the job market.
  •  On March 1977, the first group of 24 students joined the university for certificate and Diploma courses.
  •  Initial  courses included mechanical and motor vehicle engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, Building and construction, accounting, finance and so on.
  •  Later in 2002 Western College of Arts and Applied Sciences was renamed Western University College of Science and Technology.  This new college became a constituent college of Moi university
  •  In 2007 the university received a Charter and was officially named Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. 

9. Catholic University of Eastern Africa    

  • The Catholic University of East Africa was founded in 1984 as Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa. 
  • It has since grown to become one of the best universities in Kenya.  
  •  It is one of the lesser-known universities in Kenya that offer the best quality programs
  • It is also one of the best private universities in Kenya
  •  Although it has diversified to other fields, Its first main program was theology.
  •  It was officially inaugurated  on September 3rd 1984 by Rt Rev. Bishop Madaldo Mazombwe
  • In 2002, the Faculties of Science and Commerce were established. Then in 2003, the Center for Social Justice & Ethics was established.
  •  This is the best university to study  for theology and social science courses

10. United States International University   

  • United States International University was initially founded in 1927 as Balboa Law  College in San Diego, USA.
  •  In 1945  the name was changed to Balboa University
  •  Again in 1952 the  university was renamed California Western University
  • Dr. William C. Rust became the university’s first president
  •  The name was again changed to United States International university in 1968.
  •  After that global expansion of its campuses  began
  •  The African  campus was established on September 1969
  •  The university initially struggled to  take root in most African countries including Kenya
  •  In 1979 the first group of students graduated from their Nairobi campus
  •  Since then it has grown to become one of the most prestigious universities in Kenya
  •  It offers quality degree and postgraduate programmes  and is the most sought-after universities by students looking to join campus
  •  It has state-of-the-art infrastructure and the best  Academic Resources and equipment in Kenya



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