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Mount Kenya University

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Founded in 2008, the Mount Kenya University is a private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Thika (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Kiambu. This institution also has branch campuses in Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kitale, Kigali, Lodwar, Kakamega and Nkubu Meru. Officially recognized by the Commission for University Education of Kenya, Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: over-50,000 students) coeducational Kenyan higher education institution. Mount Kenya University (MKU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 16-year-old Kenyan higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 90-99% making this Kenyan higher education organization a least selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. MKU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Mount Kenya University's Control Typeprivate


Mount Kenya University's Entity Typenot reported


Mount Kenya University' Size by Total Enrollmentvery large-sized


Mount Kenya University's Selectivity by Acceptance Rateleast selective

University Identity

Acronym MKU
Founded 2008 Origins date back to 1996
Motto Unlocking Infinite Possibilities
Colours Blue
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University Location

Address General Kago Road; PO Box 342
01000 Kiambu
Mount Kenya University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Mount Kenya University Phone Number +254 709 153 000
Mount Kenya University Fax Number +254 (20) 205 0315
Other locations Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kitale, Kigali, Lodwar, Kakamega and Nkubu Meru

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Mount Kenya University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Mount Kenya University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Mount Kenya University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Mount Kenya University.

Mount Kenya University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Mount Kenya University's admission information.

Mount Kenya University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Mount Kenya University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Mount Kenya University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Mount Kenya University's acceptance rate range is 90-99% making this institution a least selective higher education institution.

Mount Kenya University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

We admit students with international qualifications and foreign exam certificates (IGCSE, GCE, BGCSE, etc).

The University provides secure on and off campus accommodation facilities inclusive of meals, WIFI, CCTV, Swimming pool, study villas and indoor games sport arena.

Mount Kenya University's Admission Office Admission Office

Mount Kenya University
Thika 342-0100
709 153 000

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Size and Profile


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Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Mount Kenya University.

Mount Kenya University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Mount Kenya University has an enrollment range of over-50,000 students making it a very large-sized institution.

Mount Kenya University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

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Mount Kenya University's Control Type Control Type

Mount Kenya University is a private higher education institution.

Mount Kenya University's Entity Type Entity Type

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Mount Kenya University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Mount Kenya University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Continuous type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

Mount Kenya University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.

University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Mount Kenya University's main facilities:

Mount Kenya University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Mount Kenya University's Library

There is a library in all campuses and also an e-library which is accessed online (E-repository, E-books and E-journals).

Mount Kenya University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

Mount Kenya University offers secure on-campus and off-campus accommodation facilities for students. These accommodations are inclusive of meals and provide amenities such as Wi-Fi connectivity, CCTV surveillance, a swimming pool, study villas, and an indoor games sports arena. The university also ensures separate hostels for male and female students, promoting a comfortable and safe living environment for all.

Mount Kenya University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

The University boasts a wide range of sporting activities and facilities, catering to various interests and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. These include a well-equipped Student Gym and Fitness Centre, an E-sports hub for gaming enthusiasts, a Football Ground for soccer enthusiasts, a Pool for swimming, a Basketball Court for hoops enthusiasts, and well-maintained Lawn Tennis and Table Tennis courts. Indoor Games such as Chess are also available for those seeking indoor recreation.

For track and field enthusiasts, the University offers a dedicated stadium, while the Hockey Pitch and Cricket ground provide excellent opportunities for team sports. Additionally, the University promotes artistic expression through Music and Drama programs. Various Clubs and Associations further enhance the vibrant campus life, allowing students to engage in diverse extracurricular activities and pursue their interests beyond sports.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Mount Kenya University's main services:

Mount Kenya University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Mount Kenya University provides various sources of education funding for its students. These include:

  • Mount Kenya University Foundation: Students can benefit from financial support offered by the university's foundation.
  • MKU Chancellor's Scholarship: A scholarship program provided by the university to recognize and support exceptional students.
  • Higher Education Loans Board (HELB): Students can access educational loans through HELB, which is a government agency dedicated to providing financial assistance to students.
  • National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG CDF): Students may receive funding through this government initiative aimed at supporting education at the constituency level.
  • Government Bursaries: The government offers bursaries to eligible students to help cover their educational expenses.
  • Government Affirmative Action Fund: This fund provides financial support to students from marginalized and disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • National Council for Persons with Disabilities: Students with disabilities can access financial aid through this council.
  • Education Trust Funds: Students may benefit from various trust funds such as Saale Gobanai ETF, Saku Forum, and Turuyu ETF.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations: Organizations like Chalbi Scholars and Direct Aid Kenya offer financial assistance to eligible students.
  • Multinational Organizations: Certain multinational organizations like the Danish Refugee Council and DAAD may provide funding opportunities for students.
  • HELB Loans: Students can apply for educational loans through the Higher Education Loans Board

Mount Kenya University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Mount Kenya University (MKU) recognizes the importance of international student exchange programs and actively participates in various initiatives to facilitate foreign student exchanges. One such program is Erasmus Mundus, which is a prestigious European Union (EU) initiative promoting cooperation and exchange in the field of higher education.

Through Erasmus Mundus, Mount Kenya University welcomes foreign students from partner universities to engage in academic exchanges, fostering mutual learning and cultural understanding. These exchanges provide an opportunity for students to study at MKU, immerse themselves in a different educational system, and experience the rich cultural diversity of Kenya.

Additionally, Mount Kenya University also collaborates with individual universities that drive their own foreign student exchange programs. These university-driven initiatives focus on academic and cultural exchange, allowing students to expand their knowledge, skills, and perspectives in a global context.

Mount Kenya University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

The Open Distance and Electronic Learning (ODeL) Directorate is the technological and digital hub of the university, responsible for providing open distance and electronic learning opportunities for university education worldwide. The ODeL Directorate at Mount Kenya University (MKU) offers a wide range of academic programs at various levels, including Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor's, Postgraduate, Master's, and PhD programs.

MKU's ODeL Directorate operates through two modes of learning: Digital (Virtual) Learning and Distance and Institution-based Learning (DIBL). The Digital Learning mode is web-based and provides opportunities for students to learn online without the need for face-to-face interactions. This mode of learning allows students to access course materials, participate in virtual classrooms, engage in online discussions, submit assignments, and interact with instructors and fellow students through digital platforms.

On the other hand, the Distance and Institution-based Learning (DIBL) mode combines distance learning with periodic face-to-face interactions at designated learning centers or institutions. This mode caters to students who prefer a blend of online learning and occasional in-person sessions. It provides flexibility in terms of time and location, allowing students to pursue their studies while accommodating their personal and professional commitments.

Through these modes of learning, MKU's ODeL Directorate aims to provide accessible and flexible educational opportunities, enabling students to pursue higher education regardless of their geographical location or other constraints. By leveraging technology and digital platforms, the ODeL Directorate strives to enhance the learning experience and support the academic success of students in their chosen programs.

Mount Kenya University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Mount Kenya University's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Mount Kenya University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Mount Kenya University is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Commission for University Education of Kenya

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Mount Kenya University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • KNDI
  • Kenya Dental Association
  • Teacher Service Commission
  • Nursing Council of Kenya
  • Kenya Veterinary Board
  • Council of Legal Education

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Mount Kenya University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Inter-University Council for East Africa
  • Association of Common Wealth Universities
  • National Association of Private Universities of Kenya
  • Kenya Association of Private Universities
  • Association of African Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB)
  • Association of African Business Schools (AABS)
  • United Nation Academic Impact (UNAI)
  • The Talloires Network

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Mount Kenya University 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


Social Media


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Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

Mount Kenya University's Facebook page Mount Kenya University's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

Mount Kenya University's X (formerly Twitter) page Mount Kenya University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Mount Kenya University's YouTube channel Mount Kenya University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

Mount Kenya University's Instagram page Mount Kenya University's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Mount Kenya University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


Free Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

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