Top Universities in Kenya 2020 - UniRank

  • St Paul's University graduates in 2017. The institution was ranked third nationally by uniRank, a leading international higher education directory.
    St Paul's University graduates in 2017. The institution was ranked third nationally by uniRank, a leading international higher education directory.
  • A recent ranking of the top universities in Kenya 2020 has ranked St Paul's Univerisity a slot higher than the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

    In the ranking by uniRank, a leading international higher education directory, St Paul's clinched the third position while JKUAT placed fourth.

    Taking the top honours were the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Kenyatta University (K.U) at first and second positions respectively. UoN placed 779 globally while K.U was ranked 1,507.

    Towers at the University of Nairobi
    Towers at the University of Nairobi

    United States International University Africa, Strathmore University, Moi University, Mount Kenya University, Egerton University and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) rounded off the top ten positions Nationally.

    The top 12 Kenyan institutions including the Technical University of Kenya (11) and Africa Nazarene University (12) all featured in the top 200 learning centres in Africa.

    During the Covid-19 period, after the closure of learning centres, a number of institutions including UoN, KCA and Strathmore University have resulted to administering their end-of-semester examinations online to ensure students complete their studies on time.

    Other institutions have taken the lead in innovating medical equipment for use in the pandemic. Kenyatta University produced a prototype ventilator that could be affordably mass-produced.

    For an institution to be ranked it has to be chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Kenyan higher education-related organizations and offer at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees).

    Institutions also have to be delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format.

    The ranking however doesn't include two-year degree-granting institutions such as community colleges, vocational colleges, training colleges, distance learning institutions, seminaries, and other theological higher-education institutions and military or law enforcement higher-education institutions.

    "Our aim is to provide a non-academic League Table of the top Kenyan Universities based on valid, unbiased, and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves," the ranking website stated.

    Here's the full ranking of the top 62 Kenyan higher-education institutions:

    1. University of Nairobi, Nairobi

    2. Kenyatta University, Nairobi

    3. St. Paul's University, Limuru

    4. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi    

    5. United States International University Africa, Nairobi

    6. Strathmore University, Nairobi    

    7. Moi University, Eldoret    

    8. Mount Kenya University, Thika    

    9. Egerton University, Njoro    

    10. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa Nairobi

    11. Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi

    12. Africa Nazarene University,    Nairobi

    13. Kenya Methodist University, Meru

    14. Maseno University, Maseno

    15. Daystar University, Nairobi

    16. Kabarak University, Nakuru

    17. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Eldoret

    18. Chuka University, Chuka

    19. Africa International University, Nairobi

    20. Kisii University, Kisii

    21. Machakos University, Machakos

    22. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega

    23. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nyeri

    24. Meru University of Science and Technology, Meru

    25. University of Eldoret, Eldoret

    26, KCA University, Nairobi 

    27. Kibabii University, Bungoma

    28. University of Embu, Embu

    29. Pwani University, Kilifi

    30. Maasai Mara University, Narok

    31. Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi

    32. South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui

    33. Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi

    34. Pan Africa Christian University, Nairobi

    35. Technical University of Mombasa, Mombasa

    36. Riara University, Nairobi

    37. Management University of Africa, Nairobi

    38. Karatina University, Karatina

    39. The Co-operative University of Kenya, Nairobi ...

    40. Amref International University, Nairobi

    41. Murang'a University of Technology, Murang'a

    42. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Bondo

    43. Laikipia University, Nyahururu

    44. University of Kabianga, Kericho

    45. Zetech University, Ruiru

    46. Scott Christian University, Machakos

    47. Umma University, Kajiado 

    48. The Presbyterian University of East Africa, Kikuyu

    49. Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, Nairobi

    50. Rongo University,  Rongo

    51. Kirinyaga University, Kerugoya

    52. Garissa University, Garissa

    53. Gretsa University, Thika

    54. Pioneer International University, Nairobi

    55. Taita Taveta University, Voi

    56. The East African University, Nairobi

    57. KAG East University, Nairobi

    58. International Leadership University of Kenya, Nairobi

    59. Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kisumu

    60. Lukenya University, Kambu

    61. Kenya Highlands University, Kericho

    62. RAF International University, Kisaju