UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

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Undergraduate Admission

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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, 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 Extra mural 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

General Admissions Criteria

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
Please Note
  • Certificates must be from an Institution recognised by the University of Nairobi Senate
  • The certificates should have been undertaken for a period of at least one Semester.

Degree Courses

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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 recognised 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 recognised 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.

Module II & III, Self Sponsored Programmes and Distance Education

Application Dates

University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year 

  • Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and
  • December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce,Bachelor of Hospitality Management,Bachelor of Travel and Tourism
  • April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts),Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies,Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management,Bachelor of Travel and Tourism,Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses

The advertisements for the intakes are usually carried in the local press two months before the intake and March/April for the September/October main intake.

Application Procedure

Application forms may be obtained from the University Main Campus Ghandi Wing , Room G3 and from any of the UoN Extra Mural Centers in Garissa, Kakamega, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Nyeri and other centres , upon payment of a non-refundable application fee of Kshs 3,000. The application fee may be paid by Direct Deposit at any Barclays Bank Branch into the UNES/UON Account, Westlands Branch, A/C No. 03-073-1023948. Banker’s cheques will also be accepted. CASH and postal postal orders WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application forms may also be downloaded here, with evidence of payment of the application fee furnished at the time of application submission.

The completed application forms, copies of certificates, two passport size photographs and two copies of the application fees receipt should be returned to:
 
The Academic Registrar , Admissions Office Reception at Main Campus, Administration Block, 1st Floor (in person) or any UoN Extra Mural Center or Sent to the Academic Registrar (Admissions Office), University of Nairobi, Box 30197-00100, Nairobi (via mail or courier) 

More information may also be obtained from the admissions office,
Tel: +254-20-318262 Ext. 28285 or 28213, Fax: +254-20-245566
or via E-mail admissions@uonbi.ac.ke

Proficiency in English

Applicants from non-English speaking countries will be required to produce a certificate of proficiency in English such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Distance Education

The University of Nairobi has embarked on ‘Distance Learning’ mode of delivery intended to favour those students who may not be available to take courses either on full time or part time (evenings and weekends) basis. Currently, the following courses are being offered by distance learning mode:-Bachelor of Education (Arts), Bachelor of Education (Science), Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Other programmes are due to follow soon.

Deferment

An applicant who for any reason is unable to take up the offer of admission will be required to inform the Academic Registrar by either filling in Form J1/1B of the joining instructions or writing directly to the Academic Registrar.  This information should reach the Academic Registrar at least one week prior to the date of registration.  An applicant will be required to apply to defer admission on an annual basis but after the second year the offer of admission will lapse and the applicant will be required to re-apply afresh for admission.  It is important that an applicant who defers admission ensures that he or she receives an official letter of deferment of admission from the Academic Registrar.  An applicant who fails to inform the Academic Registrar of his/her deferment of admission will be deemed to have forfeited his/her position and will be deregistered from the course admitted to.

Undergraduate Contacts

Contact the The Academic Registrar (Or visit any or any UoN Extra Mural Center) through the following address:
Admissions Office Reception,
University of Nairobi, Main Campus
Administration Block, 1st Floor
Tel: +254-20-318262 Ext. 28285 or 28213,
Fax: +254-20-245566 or
E-mail: admission@uonbi.ac.ke

JAB Contacts
Email: secretaryjab@uonbi.ac.ke
JAB website jab.uonbi.ac.ke.

Board of Postgraduate Studies Contacts

Get in touch with the Board of Postgraduate Studies  through the following contacts

P. O. Box 30197 - 00100 GPO, NAIROBI
Tel: +254-020 -318262 Ext. 28267
Fax: +254-020 -243626
Email: bps@uonbi.ac.ke

Contacts for Continuing Education

For more information on continuing education and admission contact
University of Nairobi, College of Education and External Studies, Faculty of External studies, Kikuyu
P. O. Box 92 - Kikuyu, Kenya
Telephone:  +254-066-33135; 32017; 32020; 32021; 32029