These dates vary from one programme to another. However, the academic year commences in September of each calendar year. In addition, a few programmes have January and May intakes. Students in programmes under the Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) mode for instance, undertake their residential sessions during the months of April, August and December.

Students are required to familiarise themselves with semester dates to assist them in attending classes, preparing for examinations and guide them on the availability of supervisors.

All graduate students are required to confirm their admission, as indicated in their admission letters, and undergo biometric registration in their respective Colleges/Faculties/School/Institutes/Centres before commencing their study.



Registration is in two levels; Registration at the Graduate School to confirm admission and registration for courses and examinations.

i). Registration will be considered complete subject to submission of the following documents to the Graduate School:

A copy of the letter of offer,

A copy of O level and also A level where applicable,

Original certified copies of the degree certificate and transcripts by the issuing institution,

The certification signatures and stamps must be appended on the face of the documents and not on a separate page,

Printed application form downloaded from the online application system,

For registration purposes, the original academic documents must be available, for verification purposes, as indicated in the letter of admission.

• Biometric registraration for processing the student identification card (To be done at the students respective school),

Students are expected to apply for the identification card through the student online portal.

ii). Registration for courses and examinations is done at the unit level, subject to payment of fees and online registration for courses. Biometric registration is handled at school level.



All fees and other charges due shall be paid at the commencement of each semester and in any case not beyond the third week of the semester.It is important to note that fees and other charges are applicable to the current academic year and may be subject to review in the subsequent years.



The University of Nairobi has a well-established ICT infrastructure that not only manages and facilitates its activities, but also acts as an essential research tool. The ICT Centre has devolved its services to each College where there is a dedicated office headed by the College ICT Officer. This office, in liaison with ICT personnel in the Faculties and School assists students with ICT related issues.

ICT Department Website



The University of Nairobi Library System is composed of twelve libraries grouped into six college libraries plus a central library. The central library known as the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library (JKML) also houses the administration, central services such as acquisitions, cataloguing coordinating unit, the union catalogues, the bindery and the archives. The system has a total stock of approximately 750,000 volumes, inclusive of books, periodicals and other non-print materials. The Library has over 75,000 electronic journals and over 163,000 electronic books which are accessed through the Library website. The stock is divided into general lending materials and specialized research collections. Students are urged to make use of the library materials in furtherance of their studies.

The University also has a library dedicated to Graduate students known as Mahatma Gandhi Graduate Library (MGGL) located at the main campus. The library offers a defined range of services with additional services such as conference facilities, consultation rooms, reprographic services, private study rooms, relaxing lounge and a coffee bar.

Library Department Website


University Health Services (UHS)

The UHS offers both out-patient and in-patient services. The main staff and students’ clinics are in the Student and Staff Hospital situated in main campus, off State House Road and are open for 24 hours daily. Satellite clinics are situated in various campuses: Kikuyu, Upper Kabete, Lower Kabete, Kenyatta National Hospital, Chiromo, Parklands and Kenya Science Campus. The satellite clinics are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm. There is also a mobile clinic stationed in the Main Campus next to the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library, operating from 4.30 pm to 10.00 pm. Other outpatient services that are not available at UHS are outsourced from leading hospitals and other health services providers in town.

Health Services Department Website



The department is responsible for formulating the security policy/strategy and Management and co-ordination of the security network in the entire University.

Security Department Website


Sports and Games

The University of Nairobi Sports and Games Department, is responsible for the provision of recreational and competitive sports for both students and staff in the University. The Department offers a range

of sports: rugby, basketball, handball, hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, swimming, table tennis, scrabble, and chess, swimming, cross country, taekwondo, karate, karate, cricket and tug of war. These games and sports are replicated in all the colleges for effective and efficient services to our customers. Mass participation in sports is encouraged through fun activities.

Sports Department Website


Dean of Students Office

The office of the Dean of Students is focused wholly, on student welfare, to help address the holistic growth, development and wellbeing of students in support of the University’s vision, mission and objectives. The officers often work in liaison with different University departments as well as with student leaders and parents, and maintain contact with outside agencies and the community to help carry out the mandate of this office effectively and efficiently.

Dean of students Website



University of Nairobi endeavors to provide an enabling environment in which the student will hopefully grow into a whole human person. The University therefore recognizes the need for services of a spiritual nature, over and above the other services we offer. The Chaplaincy is staffed by religious leaders (Protestant, Catholic and Muslim) and offers general support and guidance while also drawing attention to the spiritual value within the various faiths. The services of the Chaplaincy are open to the entire University Community. Some of these services and activities include guidance, conducting religious ceremonies, for instance, weddings, and baptisms, burials, conducting regular worship services, hosting seminars and workshops, and coordinating religious activities at the University. The University Chaplaincy is located on ground floor of Gandhi Wing building.


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