UFS Star of Stars Competition 2025

If you are a student residing in the Free State looking for an opportunity to be enrolled and have your fees paid with the University of the Free State. Then this competition may just be your chance.

The UFS Star of Stars Competition is available to all 2025 matriculants who wish to pursue a qualification in any study discipline offered by the UFS.

All students who wish to enter will be evaluated by the university based on their academic performance, leadership skills, and their involvement in the local community. Winners of this competition will be awarded prize money, and a chance for personal development.

Closing Date

This Bursary closes on 31 August 2025.

Please ensure that your application along with any requested supporting documents is submitted by this date. Failure to do so will result in your application not being accepted nor considered.

What is the UFS Star of Stars Competition?

The Star of Stars Competition was established by the University of the Free State. It provides ample opportunity for those who wish to further their education prospects.

The UFS Star of Stars Competition caters to all matriculants looking to enroll with the university. This competition aims to bring more awareness and demand for students to enroll in tertiary education.

The Star of Stars Competition looks to draw in as many students as possible to incite a passion for education and learning by placing prize money and exposure incentive. 

Who Can Apply?

The Star of Stars Competition is open to 2025 matric students that reside in the Free State province. Students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have a high academic record and performance.
  • Applicants must be attending school in the Free State at Quintile 1, 2, or 3 schools.
  • Applicants must have applied to study at the University of the Free State for the 2025 academic year and done so before the closing date of this competition.

What Does The Competition Cover?

The Star of Stars Competition will conduct a thorough judging evaluation and identify 10 finalists.

From there, the winner of the competition, the finalist with the best individual character achievement, and the finalist with the most spirited personality will be announced at a UFS gala dinner at the beginning of the 2025 academic year.

The winner will receive the prize money along with the opportunity for tertiary education.

How To Apply?

To apply for the UFS Star of Stars Competition is simple. All you need to do is download and complete the application form here. Once complete, you can send in your application through the following methods:

Mail 

Star of Stars
Attention: Director
Student Recruitment Services
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein
9300

Hand Delivery

Student Recruitment Services
Wekkie Saayman Building
℅ Rector and Granduandi Avenue
UFS Campus
Bloemfontein

Make sure to include the following supporting documents with your application:

  • A certified copy of your ID
  • A certified copy of your Grade 11 final results
  • A certified copy of your Matric March and June results
  • List of achievements regarding leadership in Matric and Grade 11
  • List of Community Involvement during Matric and Grade 11
  • A motivational letter of at least 500 words stating why you would be a suitable choice for this competition.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the UFS Star of Stars Competition, then you can contact the University of the Free State through the following means:Contact Number – 051 401 3000
Email – ufsmarketing@ufs.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.