Kenyatta University (KU) - public higher education institution in Kenya. KU became active in 1985. The campus of the university is well known in Nairobi where it is located.

University ranking. Kenyatta University is one of the best universities of Kenya. The university has its well deserved place among the top 5% of the world’s best universities.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The admission process is based on the certificate of previous education provided by the applicant and academic performance. Like in many universities of Kenya the academic year consists of two semesters. KU has affordable bachelor’s programs that cost less than 1,000 USD/year. A year of master’s studies at KU will usually cost 1,000 USD per year. Despite the tuition gees being quite low, the students often participate in scholarship programs. Not everyone can study full time, so Kenyatta University offers such students a wide range of online programs. On the university’s official website ( you can find more accurate information on programs and tuition.

The composition of the university. Kenyatta University is classified as a large university with more than 24,000 concurrent students. Foreign applicants are not excluded from the admission process. The academic staff includes more than 3000 teachers and professors. The university offers its students and the academic staff to participate in the international exchange programs. KU has the following social media pages Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of KU. The university has a functioning library. The university is one of the Association of African Universities (AAU).
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1985
Abbreviation KU
Teachers 2,999
Students 24,999
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on past academic records
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Suburban
Financial aid Available
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Elimu ni Nguvu
• Commission for University Education, Kenya
• Association of African Universities (AAU)
World ranking 1569
Country ranking 2
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 1569
Cost of living in Nairobi
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 125 289
Food 148 254
Transportation 24 137
Communications and utilities 65 59
Clothing 14 54
Sports and leisure 30 81
Total 407 874
Accommodation in Nairobi USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 127
Shared room in city centre 292
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 150
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 306
Alternative title
sw Chuo Kikuu cha Kenyatta
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