List of 63 best universities in Kenya

We ranked 63 best universities in Kenya based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 431K citations received by 26.4K publications made by 63 universities in Kenya, measured the popularity of 101 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in Kenya
#7 in Africa
#809 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
1970
#2 in Kenya
#39 in Africa
#2283 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
1985
#3 in Kenya
#47 in Africa
#2588 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1994
#4 in Kenya
#60 in Africa
#3004 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1984
#5 in Kenya
#69 in Africa
#3168 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1987
#6 in Kenya
#72 in Africa
#3240 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
5,047
Male:Female
50:50
Founded
2002
#7 in Kenya
#75 in Africa
#3253 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
6,152
Founded
1989
#8 in Kenya
#88 in Africa
#3628 in the World
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
2008
#9 in Kenya
#96 in Africa
#3804 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
1984
#10 in Kenya
#126 in Africa
#4400 in the World
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
2007
#11 in Kenya
#128 in Africa
#4432 in the World
Founded
2007
#12 in Kenya
#152 in Africa
#4876 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
1997
#13 in Kenya
#193 in Africa
#5701 in the World
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1991
#14 in Kenya
#221 in Africa
#6197 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1989
#15 in Kenya
#244 in Africa
#6482 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
2007
#16 in Kenya
#246 in Africa
#6493 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
2007
#17 in Kenya
#258 in Africa
#6602 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1993
#18 in Kenya
#268 in Africa
#6726 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
33,000
Founded
2010
#20 in Kenya
#307 in Africa
#7221 in the World
Enrollment
6,000
Founded
2008
#21 in Kenya
#312 in Africa
#7279 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1978
#23 in Kenya
#320 in Africa
#7367 in the World
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
2010
#24 in Kenya
#327 in Africa
#7422 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
2011
#25 in Kenya
#330 in Africa
#7452 in the World
Acceptance Rate
52%
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
2011
#26 in Kenya
#343 in Africa
#7750 in the World
Enrollment
8,857
Male:Female
53:47
Founded
2009
#27 in Kenya
#345 in Africa
#7784 in the World
Founded
2007
#28 in Kenya
#346 in Africa
#7788 in the World
Founded
2011
#29 in Kenya
#355 in Africa
#7851 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
125
Founded
2005
#30 in Kenya
#382 in Africa
#8234 in the World
Founded
2008
#32 in Kenya
#405 in Africa
#8582 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
9,004
Founded
2007
#33 in Kenya
#415 in Africa
#8777 in the World
Enrollment
750
Founded
2005
#35 in Kenya
#445 in Africa
#9245 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
2007
#36 in Kenya
#506 in Africa
#10378 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
2011
#37 in Kenya
#508 in Africa
#10410 in the World
Founded
2008
#38 in Kenya
#521 in Africa
#10690 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
2002
#39 in Kenya
#529 in Africa
#10757 in the World
Founded
2017
#40 in Kenya
#540 in Africa
#10891 in the World
Enrollment
10,000
Founded
2007
#42 in Kenya
#561 in Africa
#11112 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1989
#43 in Kenya
#562 in Africa
#11116 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
2011
#45 in Kenya
#579 in Africa
#11214 in the World
Founded
2012
#46 in Kenya
#581 in Africa
#11240 in the World
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
2014
#47 in Kenya
#605 in Africa
#11412 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
2009
#48 in Kenya
#626 in Africa
#11655 in the World
Founded
2011
#49 in Kenya
#627 in Africa
#11656 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1989
#50 in Kenya
#644 in Africa
#11743 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
2011
#51 in Kenya
#647 in Africa
#11766 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1989
#52 in Kenya
#666 in Africa
#11921 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
2007
#53 in Kenya
#677 in Africa
#12014 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
2012
#54 in Kenya
#746 in Africa
#12388 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
2010
#56 in Kenya
#763 in Africa
#12474 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
375
Founded
2013
#57 in Kenya
#771 in Africa
#12524 in the World
Founded
2011
#58 in Kenya
#785 in Africa
#12614 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
750
Founded
2006
#59 in Kenya
#799 in Africa
#12688 in the World
Founded
2009
#60 in Kenya
#800 in Africa
#12699 in the World
Founded
1989
#61 in Kenya
#820 in Africa
#12787 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
750
Founded
2015
#62 in Kenya
#836 in Africa
#12858 in the World
Founded
2011
#63 in Kenya
#957 in Africa
#13482 in the World
Enrollment
125
Founded
2016

The best cities to study in Kenya based on the number of universities and their ranks are Nairobi, Eldoret, Njoro, and Thika.

Average cost of living for students in Kenya is $395 + $32-229 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).