The Kaduna State University was established under the Kaduna State Law Number 3 promulgated on 21st May, 2004. The promulgation was a consequence of the obvious and felt need to boost higher education in the State and the country in general. The underlying factor is the fact that the demand for University education in Nigeria has, since the past few years, risen astronomically. This has been the basis of reform regarding the establishment and ownership of Universities by both the public and the private sector. Since the reforms, many State and Private universities have been established. The objective is to provide added opportunities for advancing the frontiers of learning, through teaching, research and community service by taking cognizance of the needs and aspirations of the people of Nigeria.
These needs, fuelled by population growth in Nigeria, increased awareness of the importance of tertiary education and the need to accelerate the development of the necessary man-power for nation building, justified the need for establishment of many more universities in Nigeria. Another reason is that, access to education has been the defining factor in the establishment of institutions of learning in Nigeria, which aim at addressing the challenges of inadequate spaces for eligible university applicants.