Soroti University, by Statutory Instrument No. 34 of July 2015 became a fully-fledged Public University under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001 as amended. Section 24 (2) of the Universities and Other Tertiary institutions Act, 2001 (as amended in, 2006) outlines the functions of a University as: provision of higher education, promotion of research and advancement of learning; dissemination of knowledge and giving opportunity of acquiring higher education to all persons including persons with disabilities wishing to do so regardless of race, political opinion, colour, creed, or sex, and provision of accessible physical facilities to the users of the Public University. Accordingly, Soroti University’s mandate is to train competent and competitive professionals capable of serving in all parts of the country, and the region in Applied Sciences.
Soroti University is the 9th Public University in the country. The University is located in Soroti district, seven (7) kilometres from Soroti town along ‘Moroto Road.
The University is governed by a University Council that is a policy organ and a team of administrators headed by the Vice Chancellor and other administrators and support staff. The students are headed by the Guild.