Daystar was co-founded in 1964 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The eruption of civil war in Zimbabwe in 1974 prompted the re-location of Daystar Communications’ international headquarters to Nairobi. In 1974, the organization established Daystar University College in downtown Nairobi. It later relocated to about 40 km east of Nairobi at the Athi River in 1992.

The university has the following schools;