How to Choose a Good University in Kenya

The process of finding a good university course is one of the most challenging experiences that you can ever encounter. The mushrooming of private universities with interesting courses in virtually every corner has made things trickier. With over 40 universities in Kenya today, you will obviously have to decide on the most important course and university for you. Logically, it is important for you to do a lot of research before making any decision on where you want to study. As simple as it may seem, doing your homework will always pay dividends at the end of the day. So how would you go about choosing the right university? The following are some of the issues that you may consider before making your decision.


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    Choose the type of course you are interested in. If you have an interest in a particular discipline then you can always narrow down your search to suit your preferences. For example, if you like sciences or arts then you may choose a university that is reputed in your respective disciplines. The University of Nairobi (UoN) is the oldest and most respected university that has a lot of expertise in both sciences and arts. You may narrow your search to the University of Nairobi because it has numerous arts and science courses that may interest you.
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    Narrow your search taking location into consideration. You need to ask yourself where exactly you want to go. For instance, if you want to live at home then your choice will obviously be the university next door. If you live in Nairobi there are many public and private universities that you could choose from. If you want to study away from home then you may consider the distance or travel time to and from home. The advantage of going away from home is the fact that you will have a lot of freedom than staying at home. It may also improve your employability upon graduation .However, it may be expensive and you may need to get a part-time job to cover up for the extra expenses.
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    Decide upon which type of university you wish to join and its size.Different universities offer different student experiences. The University of Nairobi for instance is globally renowned for its excellent academic activities as well as its powerful research breakthroughs. However, there are other local upcoming universities with little research experience and a small student population.
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    Check the university's quality and reputation. Many people prefer to join the best universities in the world. The World Universities Webometrics rankings place the University of Nairobi as the best in Kenya and top ten in Africa. Maseno University is ranked as the second best university in Kenya.
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    Check the facilities offered by the university. Most universities offer facilities that are similar in a way. Consider, libraries, health services, sports facilities and career services among others. It is important for you to check out on facilities before applying to join any university. You can even create a list of key facilities that your dream university must have.
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    Check the cost. You need to apply to universities with affordable tuition costs. You may compare between brochures from various universities before making your choice. Alternatively, you may inquire whether respective universities offer financial support-scholarships and grants to needy students or not.

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