2025 University of Fort Hare Application Procedure

2025 University of Fort Hare Application Procedure

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO STUDY?

It is a good idea to have a career objective in mind, check the admission requirements of the various qualifications offered at the University of Fort Hare.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Submit your application form and all the necessary documentation including application fee before closing date.

 

APPLICATION FORMS

Application Form (Click here to download form)
Undergraduate Programmes @ R120 – Closing Date: 31st October 2025
(No late applications will be accepted)

 

2. An SMS will be sent to you informing you of the status of your application

thereafter a letter of confirmation.

 

3. Current matriculants who qualify based on their Grade 12 mid-term performance, are provisionally admitted pending the submission of their final matric results and subject to availability of space.

 

4. Successful applicants will receive an admission letter, together with a registration guide, which reflects the registration dates and orientation programme. It is important to note that all applicants who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) are required to write the National Benchmark test (NBT) before they are allowed to register for their 1st year at University.

 

Read more about this compulsory test on www.nbt.ac.za. In which school- leaving category do you fall?

National Senior Certificate (NSC)? The NSC is the new school-leaving qualification since 2009.

Pre-2008 matriculation certificate? This is the old school-leaving qualification before 2009.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREES

• Minimum of level 4 in English 1st Additional Language or

• Minimum of level 3 in English Home Language.

• Minimum of Level 4 or better in four 20-credit subjects from the designated list, excluding Life Orientation.

 

 

QUALIFICATION

MINIMUM STATUTORY ENTRY REQUIREMENT
 

Bachelors degree

Pass NSC with an achievement rating of 4

(50-59%) or more in 4 (four) subjects

Diploma Pass NSC with an achieving rating of 3

(40-49% )or more in 4 (four) subjects

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MATURE AGE APPLICANTS

Mature age applicants (turning 23 years during year of registration), who have met the requirements in bullets 1 – 3 above, qualify for admission to main stream programmes. They need to apply for conditional exemption from HESA.

 

Designated Subjects

 

Accounting Languages
Agricultural science Life science
Business Studies Mathematics of Mathematical Literacy
Dramatic Arts Music
Economics Physical Sciences
Engineering Graphics

and Design

Religious Studies
Geography Visual Arts
History Consumer Studies
Information Technology

 

Applicants who wish to enroll for a degree programme need to ensure that four of their seven subjects are from the designated list.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Senior Certificate (pre-2008)

 

A candidate is expected to possess a minimum level of proficiency in English language. A pass mark of at least E symbol on SG is considered to be sufficient. A pass mark of at least an F symbol on HG English 1st language is also considered to be sufficient.

 

A Matriculation Exemption or Further Education and Training Certificate.

 

A standard qualification to study for a degree is a Matriculation endorsement or equivalent.

 

 

CN                          SC

S Symbol achieved in

Grade 12 subjects

Grade of Grade 12 subjects
HG SG
A 8 6
B 7 5
C 6 4
D 5 3
E 4 2
F 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to calculate your minimum admission point score (APS)

 

NSC

NSC% PS APS %
7 80-89 8 90-99
6 79-79 7 80-89
5 60-69 6 79-79
4 50-59 5 60-69
3 40-49 4 50-59
2 30-39 3 40-49
10 -290 2 30-39
0-29

 

ARE YOU A INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT WITH FOREIGN SCHOOL-LEAVING?

 

 

 

Undergraduate

All applicants with non-South African School-leaving require a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation Board of South Africa for admission into an undergraduate qualification. For more information regarding the Matriculation Exemptions please visit the Matriculation Board website on www.he-enrol.ac.za

 

The University of Fort Hare will also submit applications to the Matriculation Board on behalf of the applicant on submission of the following:

Form M30E (also available from the matriculation board website); Copies of educational qualification (certified at the University); Copy of Passport or birth certificate (certified at the University);

Exemption application fee charged at R400.00 (payable at the University); and

Sworn English translation of documents required where applicable.

 

Postgraduate

All applicants with non-South African qualifications are required to have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). For more information regarding evaluation of qualifications please visit the SAQA website: www.saqa.org.za

 

Student selection and admissions process

1. Students receive application forms from the Students Registration Office through the post/

contact.

2. These are completed and returned to the Students Registration Office and get sorted

per-Faculty.

3. Then the faculty selection committee (Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning, Faculty

Manager,

HODs and Administrators) convenes to do the selection.

4. Admission is done on merit, using the Swedish point system.

 

High scores are considered first in chronological order For interview programmes students are invited for presentations prior to selection *

The current matrics are provisionally accepted pending their matric final

results and availability for admission into programmes, plus NBT results

 

The application forms are checked and signed by the Faculty

Manager according to the admission status.

 

Once the forms are signed, they are given back to the Students Registration Office to capture the status which is then communicated to the students as backup.

The Faculty keeps records of the accepted students as backup. Wait listed students are considered after registration of

accepted students

 

Accepted students get notification from the Students

Registration Office.

 

 

ENQUIRIES

 

Alice Campus Tel.: 040 602 2016 / 2053/ 2122/ 2174/ 2281

East London Campus Tel.: 043 704 7155 / 7266 / 7004 / 7139

admissions@ufh.ac.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.