About USIU

United States International University (USIU) is located in the Kasarani area, off Thika Road in the suburb of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving 5534 students representing 62 nationalities; 85% of whom are domestic and 15% are international. 
 
It was founded in 1969 as the Africa campus of United States International University in San Diego, California. The university was first accredited in 1981 by the accrediting commission for senior colleges and universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as part of USIU-San Diego.
 
However, the university was mandated to become chartered in Kenya with the gazettement of the Universities Act in 1985. Regulations and procedures for the accreditation of private universities were published in 1989, and in 1999 USIU was awarded its charter as an independent institution through the Commission for Higher Education (now the Commission for University Education) - CHE. In Kenya, this requirement was for private universities only; the public universities did not have any accreditation requirement.
 
In 2001, the system-wide university structure began to change. USIU-San Diego merged with the former California School of Professional Psychology to form Alliant International University; however, control of USIU-Kenya was contingent upon approval from CHE.
CHE did not approve the change of control because Alliant was under a show cause action by WASC. USIU- Kenya negotiated with Alliant to relinquish control of the university so that it could pursue independent US accreditation form WASC and in January 2005, an agreement was signed with Alliant to separate the Kenyan campus from Alliant International University. Institutional Programs.
 
The United States International University’s program offerings are career oriented with five undergraduate majors in the Chandaria School of Business, three in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and three in the School of Science and Technology.