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Strathmore University is a private university based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Strathmore College was started in 1961, as an Advanced level sixth form College offering science and arts subjects, by a group of professionals who formed a charitable educational trust (now the Strathmore Educational Trust).

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, inspired and encouraged them to start the College.

Strathmore has a particularly successful accounting program: 60% of the CPA finalists in Kenya coming from it in the past ten years, dating back from 2007.

 Courses Offered at Strathmore University Kenya

Graduate Programmes

  • Master of Arts in Philosophy and Ethics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Science in Computer-Based Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Education Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology

Undergraduate Programmes 

  • Bachelor of Business Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Science in Informatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Business Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Science in Financial Economics

University Diploma

  • Diploma in Business Information Technology
  • Diploma in Business Management
  • Microfinace Diploma Programme
  • Post Experience Diploma in Education Management

Professional Courses 

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) 
  • Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®)
  • Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®)
  • Certified Public Accountant Course (CPA)

Application Process

Application Requirements for Undergraduate Courses

  • All students applying for admission must sit an Entrance Examination at the University.
  • The Entrance Examination consists of aptitude tests in English and Mathematics, followed by a personal interview. The entrance exam is held on different days for different courses.
  • Applicants can confirm the days on which interviews are held, and the day on which they should personally attend, by telephoning the Admission Services Office.

On the day of the Entrance Examination applicants should:

  • Arrive at the University at 8.00 am
  • Bringing three passport size photographs
  • The original and a copy of their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination results and of their School Leaving Certificate
  • Candidates should bring a copy of their Birth Certificate/National ID card/Passport
  • Any other relevant certificates
  • Entrance examination fee - Kshs 1,000

Application Requirements for Graduate Courses

  • All graduate students applying for admission must sit for a Graduate Entrance Examination at the University.
  • The Entrance Examination consists of aptitude tests in English and Mathematics, followed by a personal interview with the Dean of the Faculty. The entrance exam is held on Wednesdays and Fridays starting from 2.00 pm. Applicants can confirm the days on which they should personally attend, by telephoning the Graduate Admissions Office or Admission Services Office.

On the day of the Entrance Examination applicants should report at 2.00 pm and bring their requirements and entrance examination fee.

  • One copy of the fully completed application form.
  • Originals and copies of Transcript of Records (TOR) in English giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained. University / College TOR for undergraduate course.
  • English language proficiency results where available.
  • Two (2) completed Reference Forms from former undergraduate/graduate professors and/or employer particularly qualified to attest to the applicant's qualification for graduate study.
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • 3 passport size photos.
  • Additional information where requested.
  • Interview fee as advertised.

Application Procedure for Graduate Programmes

  • Bring your admission requirements.
  • Submit all University admission requirements to the Admissions Office. (For International applicants, these are independent of your application for student visa)
  • Pay the Application Fee at the Cashier’s Office (Ksh1000 for Kenyan citizens; US$15 for non-Kenyan citizens).
  • Present the Official Receipt of payment to the Graduate Admissions Office to get your testing permit.
  • Take the Graduate Entrance Test.
  • Proceed for an interview with the Dean of the Faculty or his representative.
  • Any student who wishes to attend any of the courses offered at the University should apply in writing or by e-mail to this address:

More Info Admission Services

Strathmore University 

P.O. Box 59857

00200 City Square 



Scholarships & Bursaries

The Advancement Office in partnership with Research Services Office identifies possible sources of funding for University's staff and students seeking resources to finance their undergraduate and post-graduate education.

The sources can help pay for tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses. It provides access to higher education by offering a way to meet the costs, and it allows students to persist in completing their educational objectives.


Since the university has limited resources to provide scholarships to the many students who deserve, it aims at assisting students get alternative sources of resources to finance their post-secondary education. 

Other Resources

The websites in the link below relate to various sources of financial aid. The Advancement and Research Services Offices do not control the content or take responsibility for the content of these pages. However, they have looked at these sites and have found helpful information on a variety of topics including free scholarship fellowships and grants, to name a few. 

Our ideal is that no deserving student should fail to get a place in the University owing to lack of financial means; the University has, therefore, over the years sought the assistance of private and public institutions, as well as individuals, to contribute to the bursary scheme.  

As a consequence, the University runs a comprehensive bursary scheme for needy students. A sizeable proportion of students have been able to benefit from it.

    * Guinness Scholarships

    * European Union

    * Strathmore Scholarships

    * Renewal of Scholarships

FACTS about KIVA loans at Strathmore University

Laptop loans are only available to 2nd and 3rd year students. 4Th year students would only be considered if referred by course administrator and mentor. For queries on Laptop loans, please email with the subject as 'LAPTOP LOANS QUERY'.

Full tuition Loans are for bright and financially needy students. The KIVA Selection Committee will consider the following during the short listing process:

A minimum of an A– from national and top provincial schools.

A minimum grade of B+ from District schools from Nairobi Province central province, Nyanza province, Coast Province, Western province, Eastern Province.

A minimum grade of B from North eastern province, and specific districts to be listed in North rift, Coast and Eastern Province.

Level of neediness

Partial tuition loans are on hold till further notice. For queries on partial loans, please email with the subject as 'PARTIAL LOANS QUERY'.

Loans are not available for Masters Programme and Evening students.

History of Strathmore University

In March 1966, the first intake of 25 Accountancy students joined the sixth form students, and began preparing for the examinations of the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

These first Accountancy students were sponsored by Shell East Africa, British American Tobacco Kenya and the East African Breweries.

In October 1982, the College began evening courses in Accountancy after normal working hours, with 60 students sponsored by various companies.

In 1986, in response to a request by the Trustees, the government of Kenya donated 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land on Ole Sangale Road, Madaraka Estate.

The European Union (EU) and the Italian government agreed to back the Madaraka Campus project. The donors wanted to support a co-educational College that would offer courses in Management and Accountancy.

Kianda College, an undertaking of Kianda Foundation, which was planning new developments at the time, agreed to run their professional courses in the new Madaraka campus.

Construction of the new campus commenced in September 1989. Meanwhile, in January 1991, the Information Technology Centre was started in the Lavington Campus to run computer courses leading to the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (formerly Institute of Data Processing Management) Diploma and Higher Diploma.

In January 1992 a Distance Learning Centre was opened to offer correspondence courses in Accountancy to students who are unable to attend lectures.

In January 1993, Strathmore College merged with Kianda College and moved to Ole Sangale Road, Madaraka Estate.

In August 2002, the Commission of Higher Education awarded Strathmore a Letter of Interim Authority to operate as a University with a Faculty of Commerce and a Faculty of Information Technology.

In 2008, Strathmore was awarded a charter to become a fully fledged university.

It also has since established a Business School, with academic linkage to various top Business Schools, including IESE and Harvard Business School.

Schools at Strathmore University

• School of Accountancy

• School of Graduate Studies

• School of Finance and Applied Economics

• School of Humanities and Social Sciences

• School of Management and Commerce

Academic Partnerships

• University of Navarra

• IESE Business School

• Wharton Business School

• AiTi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• James Madison Programme on Ideals & Institutions at Princeton University

• Association of Micro Finance Institutions, Swiss Contact

• World Council of Credit Unions

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