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Top 5 Private Universities in Nairobi


When it comes to choosing a university, several factors influence the potential student in making a decision that will propel their career.

The emergence of private universities saw the gap in public universities and stepped in the offer well-curated and holistic education that makes their graduates the best employees, employers and top researchers.

Academic excellence, programs offered, uninterrupted learning, size of the student-friendly classes, and extracurricular activities.

Let’s have a closer look at some of the best private universities in Kenya. 

  1. Strathmore University

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Strathmore is a private university based in Nairobi county. It is famous for having one of the best business schools in Africa.

Its graduates are among the top innovators in Kenya and Africa winning prestigious awards, scholarships and fellowships.

Other than the world-class academic excellence, the University also produces the best athletes in rugby, hockey, and basketball.

All these factors have contributed to making this University the top and the most preferred by employers.

It admits both local and international students through a very competitive application process.

It is no wonder that this University is excellent in both academic and professional and personal development. 

2. United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), Nairobi

The origin of this University is in San Diego, United States, as Balboa law College. It was officially opened in Kenya in the 1960s.  

It is based in Nairobi along the Nairobi-Thika superhighway, a 10 minutes drive from the city.

It is one of the leading in producing the best international relations professions in both private and public Universities. 

The alumni have made a positive impact in multinational organizations and Kenya too.

It has ultra-modern learning facilities, well-equipped and updated library, recreation facilities such as swimming pool, basketball courts, a fitness gym.

3. Daystar University-Kenya

Daystar University main campus is located a few kilometers from the city in Athi River.

At the mention of the name Daystar, one relates it to the best University that produces the best communications students who have excelled in different fields such as journalism, corporate communications and music.

It is a University founded on Christian principles by a missionary couple Dr. Donald Smith and Faye Smith in 1989 as a private University. 

Daystar University has remained one of the most consistent institutions of higher learning in Kenya.

It offers music courses and one interesting unit is hip hop. 

The University enrolls both local and international students. It has two campuses, the main one in Athi River and a town campus in Nairobi city along valley Road and Ngong road.

 It performs well in extracurricular activities such as music, it has one of the best Christian choirs that hosts worship concerts dubbed AFLEWO (Africa Lets Worship), rugby, and basketball in both men and women teams.

4. St. Paul’s University

Another top private University in Nairobi is st. Paul’s University in Limuru, Nairobi metropolitan area.

It is a Christian-based university with the main campus in Limuru and three other campuses in Nakuru, Machakos, and Nairobi.

It offers programs from diploma, undergraduate to postgraduate. It always ranks among the top 5 private universities in Kenya.  

Its location is quite serene close to rolling tea farms and a cool climate. It gets really cold between June through to August. It’s advisable to have warm jackets during this season.

5. Africa Nazarene University

The last on the top 5 private universities in Nairobi is Africa Nazarene, an affiliate of the church of Nazarene. 

This university is in Ongata Rongai, Kenya close to Nairobi National park. It is a reputable institution that has some of the best graduates in the country.

There are more than 20 nationalities represented in the student body making it a friendly multi-cultural environment. 

They offer full and partial scholarships to the best-performing students. The University offers liberal arts programs.