Public Universities in Kenya

Public Universities in Kenya

  1. University of Nairobi

UON is one of the oldest university in Kenya. Although its history dates back to 1956, it did not become an independent university until 1970. Currently it has a student population of 84,000 with 11 campuses and 10 faculties making it the largest university in Kenya.

Public Universities in Kenya

  1. Kenyatta University

KU history goes back in 1965 when it started as teachers training college. In 1985 it achieved its full University status. Currently it has over 68,000 enrolled students in undergraduate studies, Masters and PhD programs.

Read: KUCCPS List of Courses and Cluster Points

  1. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres North East of Nairobi, along Nairobi-Thika Highway.It was officially opened in 1982 and it became a full established university in Decemeber 1994

  1. Moi University

This public university is located in Kesses, Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu county. It was officially inaugurated on December 6, 1985. The total student population currently is over 52,000 with 4 campuses in Eldoret {Main Campus,Town Campus,} Nairobi campus, Coast campus (Pwani)

  1. Egerton University

Located in Njoro, approximately 25 kilometres, southwest of the town of Nakuru, 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. 1987, through an Act of Parliament, this university was established as fully fledged university. It has 2 campuses and 10 faculties.

  1. Maseno University

This university was established by an Act of Parliament in 1991. In 2000 it was elevated to a fully fledged University. It has 12 faculties and over 23000 students. Its main campus located in Maseno Township 25km from Kisumu on the Busia road.

  1. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

Before it was established under the University act in 2012, this university was known as Kimathi Institute of Technology. It is located 6KM from Nyeri town. With over 12,000 students, the university has 2 campuses:  Nyeri main campus and Nairobi campus.

  1. Multi Media University

Although this university was awarded a charter as a public University in 2023, its history date back in 1948 when it was founded as East African Telecommunication Training Institution. Currently it has over 50 academic programs

  1. University of Eldoret

It was founded in 1946 by the white settlers as a Large Scale Farmer’s Training Centre. As a Science, Agriculture and Technology institution it has grown steadily from the initial Schools of Forestry and Science to the current 9 schools with 34 academic departments and a student population of above 14,000.

  1. Open University of Kenya

Open University in Kenya was awarded a Charter in 2023. Its aim to employ innovative teaching and learning methodologies, including online and distance education.


  1. Masinde Muliro University Science and Technology
  2. Technical University of Kenya
  3. Technical University of Mombasa
  4. Chuka University
  5. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
  6. Tharaka University
  7. Tom Mboya University
  8. Turkana University
  9. University of Embu
  10. University of Kabianga
  11. Meru university Science and Technology
  12. Murang’a University of Technology
  13. Pwani University
  14. Rongo University
  15. South Eastern Kenya University
  16. Taita Taveta University
  17. Kenyatta University-Mama Ngina University
  18. Kibabii University
  19. Kirinyaga University
  20. Kisii University
  21. Koitaleel Samoei University College
  22. Laikipia University
  23. Maasai Mara University
  24. Machakos University
  25. Alupe University
  26. Bomet University College
  27. Garissa University
  28. Kaimosi Friends University
  29. Karatina University