A total of over 3000 first year students drawn from the 2008 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) batch of candidates are by the end of the week expected to register for various undergraduate studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), making JKUAT traditionally the first public university to receive its first year students from the 2008 KCSE under the Joint Admissions Board arrangement. As earlier as 5am Monday, May 3, 2010, a number of “freshers” had started to stream into the JKUAT Juja campus for registration, the first activity during the orientation week that ends on Friday May 7, 2010 with the address by the Vice chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga.
The technological nature of academic programs offered at JKUAT continues to attract increased female students though there is still marked gender disparity in favor of male students particularly among the Joint Admissions Board students. In the Faculty of Engineering for example up to 229 students are slotted among the nine engineering programmes and only 51 or 22 percent are female students while the School of Architecture and Building Sciences with a total of 67 JAB students is expected to receive 19 or 28 percent female students during this academic year. However, some programmes like Bachelor of Architecture with 12 and 11 male and female students slotted during the current academic year that has started today are quickly closing the gender gap.
Another batch of 1300 first year students are expected to join three of JKUAT campuses Monday May 10, 2010 with the Karen campus taking the lions share of 817 students while Nairobi and Taita Taveta campuses will receive 170 and 313 students selected to pursue various programs.