Central Application Office CAO Calendar 2025

Central Application Office CAO Calendar 2025

CAO Important Dates for 2025

 

January 2025

11    Back to school

March 2025

1      Applications for 2025 first semester entry opens and on-time application fee of R200.00 is payable

31    End of first school term

31    Last day for applicants to extend their 2025 first semester applications to 2025 second semester and/or 2025 1st semester

April 2025

18    Back to school

May 2025

31   Last day for on-time fee of R200.00 for 2025 second semester applications

31   DUT & MUT: Most 2025 second semester programmes close

June 2025

1     Late application fee of R400.00 for 2025 second semester application now applies

30     End of second school term

30     UKZN: B Medicine & B Surgery closes

July 2025

24      Back to school

29      DUT: B Health Science: Clinical Technology and N Dip Biomedical Technology closes

31      DUT: B Tech Clinical Technology closes

August 2025

1       Applications for 2025 second semester entry opens and on-time fee of R200.00 payable

14       DUT: N Dip Environmental Health and B Child and Youth Care closes

15       DUT: M Tech Chiropractic closes

30       DUT: B Health Sciences Homeopathy and B Health Science: Radiography closes

31       DUT: B Health Sciences: Emergency Medical Care, B Health Science: Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics and N Dip Journalism closes

September 2025

06        DUT: N Dip Graphic Design closes

20        DUT: B Health Science: Dental Technology closes

23        DUT: N Dip Somatology closes

28        UNIZULU: All Science and Agriculture programmes close

29        End of third school term

30        DUT: Most remaining programmes close

MUT: All programmes close

UKZN: All remaining programmes close

October 2025

09       Back to school

11       UNIZULU: B Sc Augmented programmes close

31       Last day for on-time application fee of R200.00 for 2025 first semester applications

UNIZULU: All remaining programmes close

November 2025

1       Late application fee of R400.00 now applies for 2025 first semester application

30       DUT: All Enterprise Development Unit programmes close

December 2025

6       End of fourth school term


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.