Public Universities (in Kenya) and their constituent colleges conduct a joint admission exercise to their universities under a common framework called the Joint Admission Board (JAB). This is mainly to ensure access to university education, based on academic merit for institutional-based undergraduate students ( This excludes students who are admitted to distance education/ self sponsored programmes). Students admitted through the board get funding from the government. This admission exercise is performed annually before the start of each academic year, for a candidates who have sat the KCSE examiniation the previous year..
The Joint Admissions Board (JAB) comprises representation from all public universities and the Ministry of Education.
There are three levels of authority in JAB.
At the top level is the Committee of Vice-chancellors, responsible for ensuring all policies and procedures are followed, in addition to dealing with difficult ad-hoc admission cases. The Ministry of Education representatives participate at this level to ensure that national policies are incorporated into JAB decisions.
The second level is the Deans Committee that comprises deans/directors of all faculties/ schools/institutes in the respective public universities. It is the deans who receive the output of the JAB system and accept the qualified students in their respective faculties/ schools/institutes. This is done in a transparent manner. The deans also make recommendations on various policies, procedures and matters that are pertinent to the admission process.
The third level is the JAB Secretariat, a combination of bureaucrats and ICT technical staff who run and maintain the JAB IS as well as administering the JAB process.
The current chairman is VC, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
The following Universities and constituent colleges are represented in JAB:
- UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
- KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
- MOI UNIVERSITY
- EGERTON UNIVERSITY
- JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE & TECHNOLOGY
- MASENO UNIVERSITY
- MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF KENYA
- PWANI UNIVERSITY
- DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MOMBASA
- CHUKA UNIVERSITY
- KISII UNIVERSITY
- MAASAI MARA UNIVERSITY
- MERU UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- UNIVERSITY OF KABIANGA
- JARAMONGI OGINGA ODINGA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- SOUTH EASTERN UNIVERSITY KENYA
- MULTIMEDIA UNIVERSITY OF KENYA
- LAIKIPIA UNIVERSITY
- KARATINA UNIVERSITY
- UNIVERSITY OF ELDORET
- TAITA TEVETA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
- MURANGA UNVERSITY COLLEGE
- KIRINYAGA UNVERSITY COLLEGE
- COOPERATIVE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
- KIBABII UNVERSITY COLLEGE
- RONGO UNVERSITY COLLEGE
- GARISSA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
- RONGO UNVERSITY COLLEGE
- EMBU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE