Kenyatta University: Statistics



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#2230 of 14,131 In the World
#38 of 1,104 In Africa
#2 of 63 In Kenya
#2 of 24 In Nairobi
#609 of 2,377 For Forestry
Top50% For 51 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate70%
Admissions RequirementsKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Academic CalendarSeptember to June

We've calculated the 70% acceptance rate for Kenyatta University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Kenyatta University has published 5,598 scientific papers with 53,153 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Medicine, Sociology, Ecology, Political Science, Law, Geography and Cartography, and Chemistry.


Kenyatta University majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
3,854 / 30,745
Environmental Science
3,668 / 39,211
3,288 / 40,139
3,073 / 31,243
2,518 / 18,720
2,503 / 31,670
Political Science
2,298 / 12,875
2,182 / 12,373
Geography and Cartography
2,161 / 21,595
1,785 / 24,647
1,739 / 10,020
1,675 / 15,568
1,652 / 9,992
1,651 / 8,525
1,620 / 17,890
Public Health
1,522 / 14,507
1,482 / 20,182
1,455 / 9,138
Computer Science
1,452 / 10,746
1,426 / 13,155
1,416 / 13,378
1,373 / 9,606
1,331 / 12,424
1,329 / 7,972
1,283 / 11,696
1,193 / 17,746
1,149 / 17,793
Agricultural Science
1,121 / 14,130
Development Studies
1,109 / 7,621
1,080 / 12,278
993 / 14,764
Organic Chemistry
918 / 12,966
Quantum and Particle physics
826 / 6,411
819 / 3,803
718 / 4,011
716 / 2,471
699 / 10,824
619 / 10,480
586 / 2,040
Environmental Management
575 / 5,298

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 18 50
1992 20 46
1993 20 55
1994 20 55
1995 23 82
1996 10 61
1997 20 80
1998 28 95
1999 21 111
2000 18 156
2001 26 179
2002 36 211
2003 35 274
2004 64 369
2005 61 438
2006 82 563
2007 75 737
2008 44 771
2009 70 928
2010 81 1129
2011 110 1389
2012 140 1722
2013 142 2008
2014 166 2256
2015 192 2318
2016 215 2381
2017 283 2590
2018 364 3099
2019 379 3647
2020 545 4415
2021 620 5544
2022 669 6486
2023 787 7382
Academic rankings


Local studetns Undergraduate, 72,000-450,400 per annum for East African students, 125,000-712,220 per annum for Non-East African Students; Postgraduate, 120,000-400,000 per annum for East African students, 150,000-450,000 per annum for Non-East African Students; Summer term, c. 8,000 (KES)

Kenyatta University has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Kenyatta University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Actuarial Science, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Analytical Chemistry, Animal Husbandry, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Botany, Business and Commerce, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Studies, Fashion Design, Film, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages Education, French, Gender Studies, German, Health Administration, Home Economics, Human Resources, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Auxiliaries, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Health, Parks and Recreation, Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Pharmacy, Physical Education, Physics, Plant and Crop Protection, Police Studies, Preschool Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Real Estate, Regional Planning, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Science Education, Sociology, Special Education, Sports Management, Statistics, Swahili, Telecommunications Technology, Theatre, Tourism
Postgraduate Diploma Education, Educational Administration, Nutrition, Physical Education, Sports Management, Tourism
Master's Degree Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Animal Husbandry, Applied Linguistics, Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Curriculum, Design, Development Studies, Dietetics, Ecology, Econometrics, Economic and Finance Policy, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Psychology, Educational Research, Educational Testing and Evaluation, English, Entomology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Ethnology, Fashion Design, Finance, Fishery, Food Science, Forestry, French, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography (Human), Health Sciences, Hotel and Restaurant, Human Resources, Immunology, Information Sciences, International Business, International Relations and Diplomacy, Laboratory Techniques, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Microbiology, Music, Music Theory and Composition, Musicology, Nutrition, Parasitology, Parks and Recreation, Peace and Disarmament, Pest Management, Philosophy, Physical Education, Plant Pathology, Preschool Education, Public Health, Rural Studies, Social and Community Services, Sociology, Special Education, Sports, Sports Management, Swahili, Tourism
Doctor's Degree Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Agronomy, Applied Linguistics, Applied Mathematics, Aquaculture, Art Education, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Cinema and Television, Coastal Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Demography and Population, Design, Dietetics, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences, Energy Engineering, English, Entomology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Fishery, Food Science, French, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geography (Human), Health Administration, Horticulture, Hotel Management, Humanities and Social Science Education, Immunology, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Laboratory Techniques, Leisure Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Music Education, Nutrition, Parasitology, Parks and Recreation, Peace and Disarmament, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Physical Education, Physics, Plant Pathology, Police Studies, Political Sciences, Preschool Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Regional Planning, Religious Studies, Science Education, Social and Community Services, Sociology, Soil Science, Special Education, Sports, Sports Management, Statistics, Swahili, Technology Education, Theatre, Tourism, Town Planning, Water Management, Water Science, Zoology

Kenyatta University alumni

  1. Rachel Ruto

    Rachel Ruto
    Born in
    Kenya Flag Kenya
    1968-.. (age 56)
    Enrolled in Kenyatta University
    Graduated with Licentiate in education

    Rachel Chebet Ruto is a Kenyan educator currently serving as the First Lady of Kenya. She is the wife of William Ruto, the fifth and current President of Kenya

  2. Fred Matiangi

    Fred Matiangi
    Born in
    Kenya Flag Kenya
    20th Century
    civil servant

    Fred Okengo Matiang'i is a former Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. He assumed office on 8 July 2017 on acting capacity after the sudden Demise of Joseph ole Nkaissery, making him hold two cabinet positions concurrently, that is in the ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and Education, Science and Technology. He took up the full position of cabinet secretary for Internal Security and Coordination of National Government after being appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January 2018 in the president's second comprehensive cabinet appointments. On 22 January 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta, through Executive Order Number 1 of 2019, appointed him chairperson of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee. The committee is composed of all Cabinet Secretaries, The Attorney-General and the Head of the Public Service who acts as the secretariat.

  3. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

    Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
    Born in
    Kenya Flag Kenya
    1968-.. (age 56)

    Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is a Kenyan writer who is the author of novels, short stories and essays. She won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story "Weight of Whispers".

  4. Charles Keter

    Charles Keter
    1969-.. (age 55)

    Charles Cheruiyot Keter is a Kenyan politician. He has belonged to the United Democratic Alliance Party of Kenya (UDA) since 2022.

All 13 notable alumni

Kenyatta University faculties and divisions

School : Agriculture and Enterprise Development Agricultural Business, Agricultural Management, Agriculture
School : Applied Human Sciences Design, Dietetics, Fashion Design, Food Science, Health Education, Marketing, Nutrition, Parks and Recreation, Physical Education, Social and Community Services, Sports
School : Architecture and the Built Environment Architecture, Architecture and Planning, Construction Engineering, Interior Design, Real Estate, Town Planning
School : Business Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Management
School : Creative Arts, Film and Media Studies Film, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Theatre
School : Digital School of Virtual and Open Learning Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Educational Sciences, Food Science, Health Education, Hotel and Restaurant, Information Technology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Nutrition, Parks and Recreation, Physical Education, Social and Community Services, Social Sciences, Special Education, Sports, Teacher Training, Tourism
School : Economics Econometrics, Economics, Statistics
School : Education Curriculum, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Educational Sciences, Educational Technology, Information Sciences, Library Science, Preschool Education, Special Education
School : Engineering and Technology Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering
School : Environmental Studies Development Studies, Education, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies
School : Graduate Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
School : Hospitality and Tourism Hotel Management, Tourism
School : Humanities and Social Sciences African Languages, Archaeology, Development Studies, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages Education, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Japanese, Korean, Literature, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology
School : Law Private Law, Public Law
School : Medicine Anatomy, Dermatology, Laboratory Techniques, Medicine, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Surgery, Traditional and Complementary Medicine and Therapy
School : Public Health Community Health, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Public Health
School : Pure and Applied Sciences Actuarial Science, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics, Zoology
School : Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies International Relations and Diplomacy, Peace and Disarmament, Protective Services
School : Visual and Performing Arts Dance, Design, Film, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre

General information

Alternative names KU
Founded 1985
Accreditation Commission for University Education (CUE); Inter-university Council for East Africa
Motto Transforming Higher Education, Enhancing Lives

Location and contacts

Address PO Box 43844
Nairobi, 00100
City population 5,545,000

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