Schools Kenya

KCA University

The goal of KCA University is to generate employable, market-driven graduates for long-term economic growth.

About KCA University

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) founded KCA University as Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) in 1989 intending to raise the standard of accounting and financial management education in the nation. Following research carried out by Chart Foulks Lynch (CIPFA) services of the UK in 1987–1988, the college was established. According to the report, Kenya’s economy needs 400 extra certified accountants each year. Less than 100 trained accountants were produced from the training schools at the time.

When it first started offering its services in 1989, it had 170 students registered, but this number rose dramatically over time, and it now enrolls more than 12,000 students per year. The college opened campuses in Kitengela, the CBD, Kisumu, and Satellite College in Amagoro to retain a national perspective.

In 1997, the idea of turning the College into a university first emerged. The enrollment statistics for 2000, particularly for international courses, showed a considerable increase. KCA successfully introduced diploma and degree programs after collaborating with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the University of South Africa (UNISA).

The Commission for Higher Education granted KCA a Letter of Interim Authority in 2007 so that it could transform into KCA University and appoint the first Vice-Chancellor. The Commission of Higher Education (CHE) approved KCA University’s application to become a charter institution in 2012. The university received a charter on March 1, 2013, elevating it to the status of a full-fledged university in Kenya. Since it has accreditation, KCAU will keep delivering top-notch programs. Currently, the institution offers a range of programs leading up to postgraduate studies.

The first cohort of students from the government who decided to attend KCA was given public funding in 2016. In addition, KCA was named the top private institution for employability in the 2016 British Council Report.

With 1,500 seats and access to a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals (magazines and journals), audio-visual materials, and electronic databases and journals, KCAU is proud of its state-of-the-art library. The Martin Oduor-Otieno Library includes a built-in network connection and dependable wireless internet that support academic discussion and study on a worldwide scale.

More than 3,000 students can be accommodated in the modern-designed tuition center where lectures are delivered on the main campus. The complex has integrated digital equipment into its 50 classrooms, 9 cutting-edge computer labs, and 5 lecture halls, integrating contemporary ICT in the educational process and producing graduates with a wide range of skills.

The students’ overall well-being is given top importance at KCAU. The student support facilities include a well-equipped gym as well as a counseling facility and clinic that are professionally maintained. By participating in any of the 30 active clubs and interest groups, students are encouraged to develop their leadership abilities and personal qualities. Teams from KCAU, which have a long history in sports, represent the university in a variety of intercollegiate competitions and professional leagues.

Faculty and Departments At KCA University

School of Business

  • Department of Accounting Finance & Economics
  • Department of Business Administration

School of Technology

  • Department of Software Development & Information Systems
  • Department of Applied Computing & Networking

School of Education, Arts & Social Sciences

  • Department of Performing Arts, Film, Media & Economic Studies
  • Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

FAQS about KCA University

Q. How many Students Does KCA University admit per year?

A. Currently the university’s enrollment stand at over 15,000 students annually.

Q. Is KCA University a Federal or State School? 

A. It is a private university.

Q. What is the cut-off point for KCA University?

A. KCSE mean grade D+ (plus) OR any other equivalent qualification approved by the university senate.

Q. What is KCA University Official Website?


Q. Is KCA University a good school?

A. Yes. The university is one of the top private universities in Kenya, is recognized by the Commission for University Education (CUE) as a provider of higher education, and has received the British Council Report’s top Employability ranking. It ranked 32nd in Kenya and 8579th in the World 2023 overall rankings.

Q. Are there hostels at KCA University?

A. Since the institution is a non-resident campus, it has partnered with several hostel operators who house our students at reasonable rates. The team inspects these facilities and produces reports to make sure our students receive value for their money.

Q. When is the admission form coming out for KCA University?

A. The University’s online application for the 2023/2024 academic year is now open for all interested and qualified applicants. 

Q. Who founded KCA University?

A. The University was founded as Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Q. What are the requirements for KCA University?

A. Entry Requirement

Entry Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree Programme

Candidates should meet either of the following or equivalent

  • KCSE mean grade C+ (plus)

Entry requirements for a Diploma Programmes

  • KCSE mean grade C- (minus)

Entry requirements for a Certificate Programmes

  • KCSE mean grade D+ (plus)

Entry Requirements for a Postgraduate Degree Programme

A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited University in a subject or subjects relevant to the course applied for. Duration of Programme: 1 Academic Year

Entry Requirements for a Masters’s Degree Programme

  •  Hold a bachelor’s degree with second-class honor division in relevant courses

Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy Programme

• Master’s Degree from a recognized University in areas of specialization relevant to the program.

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