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List of Top 10 Universities in Kenya- Latest Results 2020


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This list of best universities in Kenya is courtesy of the World University Rankings & Reviews, a well-known directory of educational institutions globally.

It is proven that most students are enrolled in public institutions than private institutions and most public institutions offer more scientific courses.

Private universities on the other hand have the advantage of quality education based on the lower student to teacher ratio.

  1. University of Nairobi

This institution main campus is located in Nairobi, it has several campuses in Kenya and provides quality education. The institution provides all types of higher education degrees, ranging from diploma’s to doctorate.

The university is well known for Health sciences, Engineering, and Arts courses. It has a lot of facilities and resources making it able to accommodate both privately sponsored and government sponsored students.

The university remain to be one of the best institutions is Africa and best in Kenya and has maintained that position for several years. The range of programs available is approximately 200.


  1. Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University was founded in 1985. It was the third institution to acquire the University status.

This university has been among leading in innovations and inventions by the students.

The university has the best programs in performing arts, fine arts, sciences and technology.

KU, as its known, has one of the largest teaching, referral and research hospitals that was opened recently.

It offers full and partial sports scholarships to talented needy students.

It has two campuses in Nairobi, one in the city center and the main campus along Nairobi-Thika superhighway.

KU main gate


  1. St. Paul’s University

St. Paul’s is a Christian Chartered University in Kenya that offers societal relevant education focusing on the whole person. The graduates are therefore competent in areas of study and general skills of life. The University has its Main Campus in Limuru and other campuses in Nairobi, Nakuru and Machakos. St Paul’s University is among the best educational institutions in Kenya, that is among the top 5 universities according to the national rankings. Despite being one of the youngest educational institutions, St Paul’s University it ranks in the national ratings of Kenya.

St. Paul Limuru and Nakuru campus

  1. Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology

This institution offers quality training, research and innovation in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Technology, Enterprise development and other applied sciences to suit the needs of a dynamic world.

It is a pace setter in cultural development and offers programmes in economics, and information technology that are unrivaled in the education industry

It plays a significant role in the development of agriculture and technology, contributing to the social and economic development of Kenya.

The University main campus is located in Juja.

Picture of jkuat lecture theater

  1. United States International University

It is one of the best private universities in Kenya that attracts the highest number of international students. Want to study a course based on international relations?

United States international University is the way to go. This is because the institution is famous for producing the best graduates in international Relations related courses


  1. Strathmore University

It is considered one of the best private universities in Kenya.

It is well-known for its business, commerce and information technology research and achievements.

Strathmore has an excellent reputation in both academic and professional education.

Strathmore has state of the art facilities and a superb law faculty that is led by accomplished lecturers of high calibre.

The university also excels in sports activities and provides scholarships to some of students who are good in sporting activities.


  1. Moi University

Moi University was founded in 1984 as the second public university in Kenya. It was named in honor of Kenya’s second president, the late Daniel Arap Moi.

The University main campus is located in Eldoret, kesses location. It falls among the best 10 universities to study in the country.

The University has churned some of the best engineering students that have created applications used adopted for e-learning portals.

Other than being among the academic giants, the institution has some of the best sportsmen in rugby and athletics.

Moi university administration block, main campus

  1. Mount Kenya University

Mount Kenya University is a private, multi-campus, chartered and ISO 9001:2015 Certified university in Kenya It was founded by Prof. Simon N. Gicharu. It is a leading private University in Kenya inclined towards science and technology.

Mount Kenya University is a private university that offers a wide range of academic courses which can be acquired through their various modules. It admits both private sponsored and government sponsored students.

The University modules include; virtual learning, weekend classes, school based and evening classes.

The University is distinguished for its wide range of degrees it offers and student friendly environment.

Leading private university in Kenya

  1. Egerton University

Egerton University is the best institution that offers programs in agriculture.

It started as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s.

It got upgraded in 1950 to an Agricultural College offering diploma programs. It is located in Njoro, Nakuru County, a 2-hour drive from the capital city.

After several expansions and enactment between 1955 and 1979, Egerton Agricultural College was gazetted as a constituent college of the University of Nairobi. It became an independent University in 1987.

It leads to major agricultural research projects in the country. It also offers fellowships and grants to international students.

Egerton university modern gate

  1. Catholic University

The private university is well known for its strict moral teachings among its students.

CUEA as it has come to be renowned in the academic field boosts of one the most prestigious Faculty of Law and Theology degree programes.

The University graduates are known for high moral standings at work and in the society

CUEA school of law

These remarkable institutions make significant contributions to the education industry.

They have helped Kenya excel by producing trained professionals from all walks of life.

All the top universities accept international students. The tuition fee is slightly higher than that of Kenyan Nationals.

Higher learning institutions are places you get to meet new people and learn new cultures and create lasting friendships.

There you have it, list of top 10 Universities in Kenya – latest rankings. For more information about higher institutions contact us.


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