Schools Kenya

Kirinyaga University

The goal of Kirinyaga University is to educate and develop human resources who are capable of innovating in the fields of engineering, science, health, and technology to fulfill the needs of a fast-paced global environment.

About Kirinyaga University

Kirinyaga University (KyU) is around 115 kilometers north of Nairobi on the Sagana-Embu Highway. It is the successor to Kirinyaga Technical Institute, which was conceived by the people of Kirinyaga in 1971, when the former head of state, Hon. Daniel Arap Moi C.G.H., M.P. (then Vice-President), launched the Harambee Fund Raising Drive at the request of the Kirinyaga people. Kirinyaga County Council set aside 200 acres of land for the institute near Kutus, while another 50 acres were bought in the Kangaita area on Mt. Kenya’s slopes. 

On March 2, 1977, the Institute welcomed its first 72 students, 48 of whom were accepted into the Department of Building and Construction and the remaining 24 into the Department of Clothing and textile technology. The early and mid-1980s saw the introduction of new training programs for electrical installation and plumbing, respectively.

By way of Legal Order No. 108 of August 2011, Kirinyaga University institution, the forerunner of KyU, was founded as a constituent institution of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). In September 2012, KyUC welcomed its first student into two Bachelor’s degree programs. Since then, the university has experienced great growth in both its student and staff populations, as well as in its buildings, enabling it to offer 13-degree programs.

On October 7, 2016, the University received its charter from His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Since then, the university has added more academic degree programs. The university is putting itself in a position to be a pioneer in providing programs designed to create employers, not employees, in the fields mentioned in Vision 2030.

Faculty and Departments At Kirinyaga University

School of Business & Education

  • Department of Business Studies
  • Department of Economics

School of Pure & Applied Sciences

  • Department of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • Division of Research, Innovation, and Grants (DRIG)

School of Engineering & Technology

  • Engineering and Building Sciences
  • Textile Technology

Frequently Asked Questions about Kirinyaga University

How many Students Does Kirinyaga University admit per year?

Answer: This is at the discretion of the school but 72 students were enrolled when the Institute’s doors opened to its inaugural pupils on March 2nd, 1977.

Is Kirinyaga University a Federal or State School? 

Answer: It is a public university.

What is the cut-off mark for Kirinyaga University?

Answer: Refer to the University’s website to find out.

What is Kirinyaga University Official Website?


Is Kirinyaga University a good school?

Answer: Yes. The University ranked 57th in Kenya and 12521st in the World 2023 overall rankings.

Are there hostels at Kirinyaga University?

Answer: Yes. The Pinnacle Hostels is found 300 meters from the University behind D8 hotel. Rooms are spacious with dimensions of 14 feet by 14 feet (can host up to 2 students).

When is the Admission Form coming out for Kirinyaga University?

Answer: In September, January, and May, the university opens admission to prospective students. Every student must download the application form in PDF format and send it to the KYU office.

Who founded Kirinyaga University?

Answer: The University was granted a charter by His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta the President of the Republic of Kenya.

What are the requirements for Kirinyaga University?

Answer: Entry Requirement

Mean Grade of C (Plain) at KCSE with a Diploma certificate in a relevant discipline from an institution recognized by the University Senate 8 Semesters BSc. Statistics Be a holder of KCSE with a minimum aggregate of C+ (plus) with at least C+(plus) in English and B- in Mathematics.

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