Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s. In 1950, the School was upgraded to an Agricultural College offering diploma programmes. The Egerton Agricultural College Ordinance was enacted in 1955. In 1979, the Government of Kenya and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded a major expansion of the institution. In 1986, Egerton Agricultural College was gazetted as a constituent college of the University of Nairobi. The following year, 1987, marked the establishment of Egerton University through an Act of Parliament.

Egerton University has three (3) Campuses and one Campus College. The main Campus is based at Njoro and houses the Faculties of Agriculture, Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Community Studies, Engineering and Technology, Environment and Resources Development, Science and Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. The Njoro Campus also houses the Board of Undergraduate Studies and Field Attachment and the Board of Postgraduate Studies. The other Campus is the Nairobi City Campus, offering programmes from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Commerce, and Education and Community Studies. It also hosts the African Centre for Distance Education (ACDE). The third Campus, Kenyatta Campus, is located five (5) kilometres from Njoro Campus and is planned to house the Open and Distance Learning (CODL) programmes which is currently based at Njoro Campus. The only University’s Campus College, Nakuru Town Campus College, hosts the Faculties of Commerce and Health Sciences. The University currently has nine (9) faculties and fifty-one (51) academic departments offering a wide range of programmes at the diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. All of them are open to both Government-sponsored and self-sponsored students. The University also offers courses in computer literacy, computer repairs and maintenance, as well as accounting and bridging courses.

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Oldest university in Kenya but still a great place for higher learning

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Named after the famous Lord Egerton, Egerton university is one of the oldest universities in Kenya. The university has three campuses and it’s main one located in Njoro. The main campus houses the school of Medicine, Arts and Social Sciences, Agriculture and School of Engineering. The Kenyatta campus located about 5km from the main campus offers the open and distance learning programs while the Nairobi campus offers Commerce , Education and Community studies. The main campus is well-built with great security since they incorporated full time CCTV surveillance. At the entrance, they also have X ray baggage security scanners which are used to check students bags upon entry to ensure maximum safety. Initially built as a farm school by Lord Maurice Egerton, it is no surprise that this university is renowned for its quality education in agriculture and any agriculture related courses. The university has numerous academic achievements including being repeatedly ranked #1 in Kenya and Africa in Webometrics, undertaking ground breaking research projects on soil fertility replenishment, tropical legumes, epidemiology and policy analysis matrix. The grounds are quite extensive endowed with old buildings which give one a “walking through history” feel. New structures and facilities to better the learning experience of students like building of the new library are currently underway. Riding around campus grounds on bikes is definitely something I’ll miss about studying here. My favourite thing about Egerton is that the campus is built in a very serene environment surrounded with trees everywhere providing one with perfect reading environment and a great place to just relax during breaks. The only downsides that the university should make an effort to improve on is the ocassional water shortage in the school hostels which affects many students since a huge percentage of the student population stay there. Another downside is the closure of the in-school hotels and food shops leaving only one to serve the entire student population. This was quite a bummer since the restaurants outside the school are quite a distance off campus grounds since the university isn’t located near Njoro’s main shopping centre. Besides this , Egerton university continues to make huge steps towards the acquisition of higher learning experience in Kenya.

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