List of Private Universities in Kenya, Nicknames and Location

Here, you will find a list of all private universities in Kenya, but first, let us ask ourselves a few questions…

What is a University?

A University is a higher learning institution that provides facilities for teaching and research and is authorized to grant academic degrees in Undergraduate Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral programs.

During the 20th Century days, acquiring a university education was considered as riding the goat. University education was meant for very few intellectual people who were respected in society and given the first priority in almost all aspects of life.

However, towards the end of the century and the beginning of the 21st century, university education took a revolution and the status quo was changed.

How were Private Universities Introduced?

Initially, universities were mostly established and run by the government, but with the new revolution, private universities started trooping in, and soon almost every aspiring student had a chance to join a university. This was regardless of whether they had attained the minimum grade required by the government or not.

Private universities would set a lower mean grade than public universities and would accommodate the backlog of students filtered out from government sponsorship.

Today, Kenya has over 30 chartered public universities, 30 private chartered universities, and 30 universities with a letter of interim Authority (LLA).

This article focuses on the list of private universities operating in Kenya, abbreviations, and location.

1. African International University (AIU)- Nairobi
2. African Leadership University (ALU)- Nairobi
3. African Nazarene University (ANU)- Nairobi
4. Adventist University of Kenya- Nairobi
5. Amref International University- Nairobi
6. Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)- Nairobi
7. Daystar University (DU)- Nairobi
8. Gretsa University (GU)- Thika
9. Great Lakes University of Kisumu- Kisumu
10. International University of Professional Studies- Nairobi

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11. International Leadership University (ILU)- Nairobi
12. Kenya Methodist University (KEMU)- Meru
13. KAG East University- Nairobi
14. KCA University (KCA)- Nairobi
15. Kabarak University- Nakuru
16. Kenya Highlands Evangelical University- Kericho
17. Kiriri Women University (KWUST)- Nairobi
18. Lukenya University (LU)- Kiambu
19. Mount Kenya University (MKU)- Thika
20. Marist International University- Nairobi

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21. Pioneer International University (PIU)- Nairobi
22. Pan Africa Christian University- Nairobi
23. Riara University-Nairobi
24. Raf International University- Kisaju
25. Regina Pacis University College- Nairobi
26. Strathmore University (SU)- Nairobi
27. St Pauls University- Limuru
28. Scott Christian University- Machakos
29. Tangaza University- Thika
30. The East African University- Nairobi

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31. The Management University of Africa- Nairobi
32. The Presbyterian University of East Africa- Kikuyu
33. United States International University (USIU)- Nairobi
34. University of Eastern Africa Baraton- Eldoret
35. Uzima University- Kisumu
36. Umma University- Kajiado
37. Zetech University (ZU)- Ruiru

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