List of Public and Private Universities in Kenya


Kenya has a total of 31 public universities and 33 private universities. As of 2019 the best public universities based on Webometric ranking is The University of Nairobi followed by Kenyatta University, Egerton University, JKUAT and Maseno Universities respectively.

When it comes to private universities, Strathmore University tops the list of best private universities, followed by Mount Kenya University

Given a chance to select between Private and Public Universities I would advise you to go for public universities. One reason I strongly recommend public universities is that private universities can be closed any time, which can render your degree almost useless. Imagine you studied in at a particular university and uprubtly it’s converted into a hotel; how will you tell your potential employer?

If you are planning to join public or private universities in Kenya, select one from the list below:

Public Universities

  1. Chuka University
  2. Co-operative University of Kenya
  3. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  4. Egerton University
  5. Garissa University
  6. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University Of Science And Technology
  7. Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology
  8. Karatina University
  9. Kenyatta University
  10. Kibabii University
  11. Kirinyaga University
  12. Kisii University
  13. Laikipia University
  14. Maasai Mara University
  15. Machakos University
  16. Maseno University
  17. Masinde Muliro University Of Science And Technology
  18. Meru University Of Science And Technology
  19. Moi University
  20. Multimedia University Of Kenya
  21. Murang’a University of Technology
  22. Pwani University
  23. Rongo University
  24. South Eastern Kenya University
  25. Taita Taveta University
  26. Technical University Of Kenya
  27. Technical University Of Mombasa
  28. University Of Eldoret
  29. University of Embu
  30. University of Kabianga
  31. University of Nairobi

Public University Constituent Colleges

  1. Alupe University College(Moi University)
  2. Kaimosi Friends University College(Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology)
  3. Tom Mboya University College(Maseno University)
  4. Turkana University College(Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology)
  5. Bomet University College(Moi University)
  6. Tharaka University College(Chuka University)

Private Universities

  1. Africa International University
  2. African Leadership University
  3. Africa Nazarene University
  4. Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  5. Daystar University
  6. Great Lakes University Of Kisumu
  7. Gretsa University
  8. Inoorero University
  9. International Leadership University
  10. Kabarak University
  11. KAG East University
  12. KCA University
  13. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University
  14. Kenya Methodist University
  15. Kiriri Women’s University of Science & Technology
  16. Lukenya University
  17. Marist International University College
  18. Mount Kenya University
  19. Pan Africa Christian University
  20. Pioneer International University
  21. Regina Pacis University College
  22. Riara University
  23. Scott Christian University
  24. St Paul’s University
  25. Tangaza University College
  26. The East Africa University
  27. The Management Univesity Of Africa
  28. The Presbyterian University Of East Africa
  29. United States International University
  30. University Of Eastern Africa, Baraton
  31. Uzima University College
  32. Umma University
  33. Zetech University

The fees structure for private students in public and private universities in Kenya is the same, but when it comes to government sponsored students the fees is slightly lower for students enrolled in public universities.