The University of Nairobi Admission Requirements


The University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi has diversified academic programmes and specializations in sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts. Through self-sponsored programmes, the invaluable opportunity has been opened to Kenyans and non-Kenyans, who meet university admission requirements.

The location of the University in the capital city and its environs is an advantage that has seen the university increasingly become a busy hub and citadel of academic activity at all times. In addition to the regular, evening and weekend programmes, classes are conducted at the University’s Campuses in Mombasa and Kisumu and also in the Extramural Centres located in the following centers; Garissa, Kakamega, Nakuru, Meru, Kapenguria, Kisii, Thika, Lokichogio, Lamu and Nyeri.

For information about the entry requirements for undergraduate degree programmes, diploma, certificate, bridging and foundation courses, click on the tabs below offered at the University of Nairobi

Bridging Courses


The minimum admission criteria to Bridging Courses shall be:

  • KCSE mean grade of C+ or equivalent and at least a C- in the subject to be bridged or equivalent

Certificate Courses


Admission to Certificate Courses will be based on any of the following minimum qualifications:
  • KCSE mean grade of C- or equivalent.
  • An O’ level mean grade of Division III or equivalent.
  • An A’ Level qualification with a minimum of two subsidiary passes or equivalent.

Diploma Courses


Admission to Diploma Courses will be based on any of the following minimum qualifications:
  • KCSE mean grade C.
  • KCSE mean grade C- or equivalent plus a Certificate
  • An O’ level qualification with a minimum division III or equivalent
  • An A’ level qualification with a minimum of two subsidiary passes or equivalent
  • Certificates must be from an Institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate
  • The certificates should have been undertaken for a period of at least one Semester.

Degree Courses


Admission to Bachelor’s Degree Programmes will be based on any one of the following minimum qualifications:
  • KCSE mean grade C+ or equivalent
  • KCSE mean grade C- or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma
  • O Level Division II or equivalent plus a Diploma
  • O Level Division III or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma
  • O Level Division III or equivalent plus a three-year Diploma from a recognized post-secondary Institution for admissions to Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma from University of Nairobi or other recognized institutions and an aggregate of C in KCSE or equivalent
  • A Level with two principal passes or equivalent in relevant subjects Only Applicants whose results are available at the time of application will be considered
  • CPAII/CPSII/CIPS or equivalent for Commerce and Arts and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE or O level Division III
  • P1 from a two-year post-secondary training institution for entry into Bachelor of Education with Minimum KCSE Mean Grade C or O Level Division III
  • Higher National Diploma in relevant fields and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE
  • Degree from a recognized University
  • Equivalent qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by Senate
  • O Level Division III or equivalent plus a three-year Diploma from a recognized post-secondary Institution for admissions to Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma from University of Nairobi or other recognized institutions and an aggregate of C in KCSE or equivalent
  • A Level with two principal passes or equivalent in relevant subjects Only Applicants whose results are available at the time of application will be considered
  • CPAII/CPSII/CIPS or equivalent for Commerce and Arts and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE or O level Division III
  • P1 from a two-year post-secondary training institution for entry into Bachelor of Education with Minimum KCSE Mean Grade C or O Level Division III
  • Higher National Diploma in relevant fields and should have attained an aggregate of C in KCSE
  • Degree from a recognized University
  • Equivalent qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by Senate

Foundation Courses


The university offers foundation courses in Sciences and Arts.
  • Applicants who have C- would be admitted to the Foundation Course as a prerequisite for university admission.
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