University of Nairobi: Statistics

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#812 of 14,131 In the World
#8 of 1,104 In Africa
#1 of 63 In Kenya
#1 of 24 In Nairobi
#144 of 1,734 For Veterinary
Top50% For 120 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate66%
Admissions RequirementsUndergraduate: Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) “O-Level certificate”, A-level Certificate or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Postgraduate: a degree from a recognized university or equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember - August
Full time employee2,500
Student:staff ratio20:1

We've calculated the 66% acceptance rate for University of Nairobi 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

University of Nairobi is a world-class research university with 14,845 scientific papers published and 216,919 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Ecology, Chemistry, Sociology, Political Science, Pathology, and Geography and Cartography.


University of Nairobi majors

by publication & citation count

10,056 / 178,001
9,245 / 157,130
Environmental Science
8,597 / 119,638
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
8,516 / 116,005
5,715 / 85,073
5,077 / 87,510
5,016 / 74,607
Political Science
4,819 / 50,443
4,816 / 97,200
Geography and Cartography
4,660 / 62,537
4,581 / 49,336
4,496 / 93,716
4,407 / 70,670
Computer Science
3,768 / 56,451
3,715 / 60,297
3,565 / 39,367
Public Health
3,500 / 65,239
3,260 / 40,079
3,219 / 44,750
3,174 / 61,081
3,147 / 45,449
3,007 / 73,004
2,954 / 57,145
2,925 / 36,998
2,865 / 25,773
2,809 / 43,891
2,722 / 46,143
2,629 / 34,140
Development Studies
2,425 / 31,410
2,339 / 38,787
2,302 / 21,998
Agricultural Science
2,154 / 27,778
2,091 / 56,145
Organic Chemistry
2,032 / 29,364
Family medicine
1,949 / 45,687
1,927 / 35,949
1,903 / 28,254
1,737 / 28,791
Quantum and Particle physics
1,573 / 17,019
1,213 / 18,255

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 136 672
1991 121 756
1992 136 1043
1993 146 814
1994 142 901
1995 135 1005
1996 145 936
1997 140 1060
1998 127 1186
1999 126 1289
2000 131 1535
2001 150 1775
2002 124 1968
2003 136 2048
2004 229 2410
2005 192 2651
2006 223 2996
2007 188 3636
2008 280 4023
2009 293 4736
2010 312 5484
2011 359 6497
2012 423 7942
2013 529 9008
2014 581 9910
2015 546 9917
2016 635 9928
2017 795 10720
2018 785 11373
2019 930 14168
2020 1214 17527
2021 1387 23326
2022 1184 24123
Academic rankings


Local studetns 189,000 - 685,000 per annum (KES)

The University of Nairobi 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 University of Nairobi.

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
Certificate / Diploma Business and Commerce, Human Resources, International Studies, Nursing, Public Relations, Social Work
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Architecture and Planning, Astronomy and Space Science, Astrophysics, Biotechnology, Business and Commerce, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Construction Engineering, Crop Production, Curriculum, Design, Development Studies, Dietetics, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Finance, Food Science, Food Technology, Geography, History, Horticulture, Human Resources, International Relations and Diplomacy, Journalism, Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Nuclear Physics, Nutrition, Parasitology, Peace and Disarmament, Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physiology, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Relations, Real Estate, Regional Planning, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Technology, Toxicology, Veterinary Science
Postgraduate Diploma Actuarial Science, Adult Education, Agriculture, Communication Studies, Continuing Education, Criminology, Development Studies, Education, Energy Engineering, Environmental Management, Food Science, Gender Studies, Health Sciences, Heritage Preservation, Horticulture, Human Resources, Information Management, International Relations and Diplomacy, Labour and Industrial Relations, Management, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmacy, Protective Services, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Public Health, Rural Studies, Social and Community Services, Social Work, Sociology, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Water Science
Master's Degree Actuarial Science, Adult Education, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Agronomy, Anaesthesiology, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Architecture, Architecture and Planning, Arts and Humanities, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biological and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Business Administration, Business Education, Cardiology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Christian Religious Studies, Civil Engineering, Clinical Psychology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Continuing Education, Criminology, Crop Production, Curriculum, Demography and Population, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Design, Development Studies, Distance Education, Ecology, Economic and Finance Policy, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences, Educational Technology, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Entomology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Film, Finance, Food Science, Food Technology, Foreign Languages Education, Forestry, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geological Engineering, Geology, Government, Health Administration, Higher Education, Horticulture, Human Resources, Industrial Chemistry, Information Management, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Inorganic Chemistry, International and Comparative Education, International Economics, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Studies, Laboratory Techniques, Labour and Industrial Relations, Law, Leadership, Leather Techniques, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Meat and Poultry, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Meteorology, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Neurology, Nuclear Engineering, Nursing, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Organic Chemistry, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Parasitology, Pathology, Peace and Disarmament, Pedagogy, Periodontics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Philosophy of Education, Physical Education, Physics, Physiology, Plant and Crop Protection, Plant Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Political Sciences, Preschool Education, Protective Services, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Radiology, Real Estate, Religious Education, Rural Studies, Sociology, Soil Management, Soil Science, Sports, Statistics, Surgery, Surveying and Mapping, Swahili, Telecommunications Engineering, Theatre, Town Planning, Toxicology, Traditional and Complementary Medicine and Therapy, Translation and Interpretation, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Science, Water Management, Water Science, Wildlife, Women's Studies, Zoology
Doctor's Degree Accountancy, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biological and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Clinical Psychology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Crop Production, Cultural Studies, Curriculum, Demography and Population, Development Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Finance, Food Science, Food Technology, Forestry, Gender Studies, Geology, History, Horticulture, Information Management, Information Sciences, International Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Medicine, Meteorology, Natural Resources, Nuclear Engineering, Nutrition, Peace and Disarmament, Periodontics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Political Sciences, Preschool Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Regional Planning, Sociology, Soil Management, Soil Science, Surgery, Town Planning, Traditional and Complementary Medicine and Therapy, Veterinary Science, Women's Studies

University of Nairobi alumni

  1. Iman

    Born in
    Somalia Flag Somalia
    1955-.. (age 68)
    modelfilm actorautobiographeractortelevision actor

    Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, known mononymously as Iman, is a Somali–American model and actress. A muse of the designers Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Yves Saint Laurent, she is also noted for her philanthropic work. She was married to rock musician David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016.

  2. Wangari Muta Maathai

    Wangari Muta Maathai
    Born in
    Kenya Flag Kenya
    1940-2011 (aged 71)
    Enrolled in the University of Nairobi
    Studied in 1971
    biologistpolitical activistteacherveterinarianenvironmentalist

    Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a Kenyan social, environmental, and political activist who founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

  3. Chris Coons

    Chris Coons
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1963-.. (age 60)
    lawyerbusinesspersonpoliticianinternational forum participant

    Christopher Andrew Coons is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Delaware since 2010. A member of the Democratic Party, Coons served as the county executive of New Castle County from 2005 to 2010.

  4. William Ruto

    William Ruto
    Born in
    Kenya Flag Kenya
    1966-.. (age 57)

    William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto is a Kenyan politician who has been serving as the fifth president of Kenya since 13 September 2022. Prior to becoming president, he served as the first elected deputy president of Kenya from 2013 to 2022. Previously, holders of the position were referred to as Vice President and the officeholder was unelected and appointed by the President. He previously served in three cabinet portfolios as the Minister for Home Affairs, the Minister of Agriculture and as Minister for Higher Education.

All 70 notable alumni

University of Nairobi faculties and divisions

Faculty : Agriculture Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Arid Land Studies, Biotechnology, Crop Production, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Food Technology, Horticulture, Plant and Crop Protection, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, Technology
Faculty : Art and Social Sciences Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Journalism, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communication, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics
Faculty : Built Environnement and Design Architecture, Construction Engineering, Design, Real Estate, Regional Planning, Surveying and Mapping, Urban Studies
Faculty : Business and Management Sciences Business and Commerce, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Opera, Public Relations, Technology
Faculty : Education Curriculum, Education, Physical Education, Special Education, Sports
Faculty : Engineering Astronomy and Space Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Petroleum and Gas Engineering
Faculty : Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Epidemiology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Health, Radiology, Surgery
Faculty : Law Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Law
Faculty : Science and Technology Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics
Faculty : Veterinary Medecine Anatomy, Animal Husbandry, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Toxicology, Veterinary Science

General information

Alternative names UoN
Founded 1970
Accreditation Commission for University Education (CUE)
Motto Unitate et Labore
Colors sky blue

Location and contacts

Address PO Box 30197
Nairobi, 00100
City population 5,545,000

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