Following the launch of Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement (KUCCPS) application portal on January 8, 2024, students aiming for degree, diploma, and certificate courses have encountered various challenges.
The application window will remain open until February 20, 2024, with KUCCPS advising students to apply early to avoid last-minute rushes.
The application was targeted at two distinct groups: form four graduates from 2000 to 2022 and the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates.
Shortly after the portal was opened ,students faced issues with portal downtime, preventing them from completing their applications. In response, KUCCPS reassured students, urging them to persist in their attempts as the portal was experiencing high traffic.
Another concern raised was regarding the distinction between cut-off points and cluster points, essential for accessing desired degree or certificate programs.
Cluster points represent a student’s performance in four required subjects for admission to a particular degree program, benchmarked against the top performers in a specific KCSE exam year.
To ensure fairness, these points are calculated to three decimal places. Conversely, KUCCPS cut-off points indicate the weighted cluster points of the last successfully placed student in a particular degree program.
For students seeking to check cut-off points on the KUCCPS portal:
- Log in to the student portal at students.kuccps.net.
- Select the “Programmes” option, which presents a list of available degrees, diplomas, and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs.
- Choose your preferred program, which reveals the minimum entry requirements and the 2023 cut-off points for the respective courses.
Regarding minimum entry requirements for the KUCCPS placement process:
- Degree Programs: A mean grade of C+ (plus)
- Diploma Programs: A mean grade of C – (minus)
- Craft Certificate Courses: A mean grade of D (plain)
- Artisan Certificate Courses: A mean grade of E