Rhodes University Online Application

In this age and time where information is almost immediate and available-it’s still grueling to pin yourself on one thing. And if what you are looking for happens to be academia, precisely a university you may want to study at, it becomes quite a task.

This article is set to make that task easier for prospective students looking to successfully choose Rhodes University, shedding light on the salient information required of prospective students.

Rhodes University is a province aged-university located in Makhanda (Grahamstown). The University is amongst one of the four universities in the province and the oldest for that matter established in 1904 making it the sixth oldest University in South Africa.

The University, a public research university, was first called Rhodes University College named after one Cecil Rhodes by a virtue of a loan from the Rhodes Trust. In 1918, it became a part of the University of South Africa before standing on its own in 1951.

In 2015, Rhodes enrolled an estimate of over 8,000 students. It has a student population of over 8,200 with 5,372 undergraduates and 1,633 postgraduates.

Rhodes is ranked globally at 1313. Nationally, it has the 10th position with quality education at 375, Alumni employment rank at 900, Research performance rank at 1269 and overall score at 68.5.

Why Rhodes University?

Rhodes University has the credibility of being amongst the best undergraduates pass and graduation rates in South Africa, distinctive post-graduate success rate, and the best research per academic staff member. 

Notable alumni include Alex Boraine, Nick Binedell, Chris Hani, Dana Wynter, and more. Rhodes University says theirs is a place where leaders come to learn.

Admissions Requirements Rhodes University

The minimum entry requirement at Rhodes University is below;

English Home Language78%7.8 points
Life Sciences70%7.0 points
Dramatic Arts89%8.9 points
Accounting73%7.3 points

Life Orientation
90%0 points

Additional Mathematics                                         60%               0 points

Afrikaans                                                             73%              7.3 points

Mathematics                                                         69%             6.9 points 

For Bachelor Degree qualification, learners are required to take seven subjects four of which are compulsory. They are supposed to pass four of the subjects with an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement rate 50%-59%).

For minimum faculty requirements, visit this LINK.

It must be noted that meeting the minimum entry requirement does not mean your admission will be accepted. It means that your application may be considered all other things remaining equal.

How to Apply at Rhodes University

Before any prospect decides to apply to RU, they should first have;

  1. A valid email address for the completion of the application
  2. A South African identification number of  a South African National or a passport number if applying as an international student
  3. You need to have registered for the NBTs
  4. Payment of application fee
  5. If you need accommodation, you need to make the clear
  6. Do not forget to check faculties for their minimum entry requirement
  7. It must be noted that Postgraduates will be able to apply online only
  8. A copy of results from your latest school year
  9. A transcript from any higher education if applicable

Applying as an International Student, you need these;

  1. A valid study visa
  2. South African medical aid cover
  3. English proficiency

Note These;

  • Application forms can be downloaded from the university’s website
  • It may also be collected in person from the school
  • All necessary documents must come with the application form
  • The application fee is R100. It is non-refundable and needs to be paid before the application is processed
  • To apply, visit; https://ross.ru.ac.za/

Application Fee at Rhodes University

Applicants need to pay R100 as their application fee before their application will be processed. This fee is non-refundable and in no way guarantees admission.

If the application fee is paid after the deadline, the application will be considered a late application.

Registration Fee at Rhodes University

The registration fee at RU in 2022 is R800. The registration fee is non-refundable.

To Register as a South African National, you need;

  • Your student number.
  • Official school results copy will be needed.
  • Document showing there are no arrears in registration fee. 
  • Cash deposited in the University’s account must be presented. (deposit slip)
  • If you have been awarded a bursary, a copy of your letter of the award should have been faxed through to the Fees Office.
  • School leavers: Your final NSC/ A level / HIGCSE results.
  • Transferring students: Your transcript from your previous university and course outlines.

To Register as an International Student;

  • Proof of Initial Fee (IF) clearance by no later than 21 January 2022.
  • Passport with a valid study visa to study specifically at Rhodes University.
  • A medical aid membership certificate, which can be verified by Consultants, Simeka Health (Pty) Ltd
  • If your A-level or HIGCSE results are not yet available by the time of registration, you will NOT be allowed to register until your results are available. If you have pre-registered – your pre-registration confirmation number

To register, log on https://ross.ru.ac.za/ and key in the required details with reference from the above to register.

Faculties at Rhodes University

Rhodes University has six faculties namely;

  1. Commerce
  2. Education
  3. Humanities
  4. Law 
  5. Pharmacy
  6. Science

Courses Offered at Rhodes University

Rhodes University has a range of courses under all of the seven faculties designed to meet students’ career needs. Here is a list of some of these courses;

  • 1. Bachelor of Business Science.
  • 2. Bachelor of Commerce.
  • 3. Bachelor of Economics.
  • 4. Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy.
  • 4. Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Management.

For further reading and the complete list of courses at RU, click on this link to direct you.

Fee Payment

Rhodes University has a fee payment structure that serves students’ best interests. The payment has been categorized into installments aimed to give students adequate time to make payment.

Here is a document of the payment structure for downloads, print, and view.


Application Dates at Rhodes University

The management of the university has made public the application dates for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Here is a list with their respective closing dates.

  1. Undergraduate qualifications- April – 30 November 2022
  2. Honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas- 1 September – 15 December 2022
  3. Master’s & doctoral qualifications- 15 September – 6 November 2022
  4. Short Learning Programmes: Applications for 2022 registrations of RU’s Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) – 13 September 2021 until 28 February 2022

2023 Academic Calendar


  • Rhodes University Undergraduate Prospectus 2022 – Download PDF
  • Rhodes University Postgraduate Prospectus 2022 – Download PDF
  • Rhodes University International Prospectus 2022 – Download PDF

Does Rhodes University Accept NSFAS

NSFAS is an abbreviation of the National Student’s Financial Aid Scheme. A government student bursary and loan scheme. It raises funds to fund students’ bursaries and loans.

A South African national is eligible to apply for an NSFAS loan. An applicant who has registered or is planning to register at Rhodes for a formal first tertiary educational qualification example as Honors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees.

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