This article will delve into the affairs of the University of the Free State, bringing to bear the school’s culture, when it was founded, and everything that withholds the university into what it is today.
Again, it will progressively give an insight into the prerequisites of the university, what applicants need to be endowed with before attempting to apply into the university, equally adding bits of everything to inform the decision of prospects.
Arguably, deciding on which tertiary institution to enroll in can be difficult so this article will serve as the map to steer the decision.
University of The Free State
The University of the Free State, UFS as it is commonly known, is a multi-campus institution located in Bloemfontein which is the capital of the Free State. UFS was established in 1904 to be a tertiary extension of the Grey College. In 1950, it was declared as an independent Afrikaans-Language University which birthed the name the University of the Orange Free State. UFS has 59 satellite campuses, an initial only whites-precinct. In 1996, the institution was completely segregated which eventually landed the institution’s first black chancellor in 2010.
When UFS had merely started as the Grey College, all they could brag about was a handful of students. Currently, the University of the Free State has a student population of more than 30,000 students.
What New Applicants Needs To Know Before Apply
Before one applies to the University of the Free State and for that matter any university at all, there are basic things they should have available. Here is a list of the basic things an applicant must have in handy before applying.
- Certified copies of relevant academic results/transcripts/information in English.
- Two passport photos of yourself.
- Proof of deposit of the non-refundable application fee (refer to the application form for the amount).
- Certified copy of passport if applying as an international student
- SAQA/USAf verification document
- A South African Identification number
- A valid email address
- An active cellphone number
UFS Admission Requirement
Whereas there are specific requirements for designated programmes, there is a minimum requirement all applicants must meet before they are considered for admission.
Minimum Requirement at UFS
• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) Level 4, or an AP of 18 – 24 for admission to Bachelors Degree
• Four subjects on level 3 (40%–49%)
• Language of instruction on level 3 (40%) for all options
Points Needed At UFS
The minimum point required from school leavers is 30 points with an achievement level of 5 (60%) or higher in the subject of Life Orientation.
Additionally, applicants need a minimum of 60% or higher in English.
How To Calculate APS at UFS
For an applicant to calculate their APS, they will have to add the percentages of all 6 subjects.
In a case where an applicant has more than six subjects, they should exclude Life Orientation.
At UFS, it is a requirement to have a total of six subjects when calculating APS.
How To Apply at UFS
To apply, make sure you have;
- A working email address
- An active cell phone number
- A passport if applying as an international student
- Visit this link https://www.ufs.ac.za/ which will direct you to the Student’s Portal
- Upload proof of payment of your registration fee which is compulsory for all both South African and international applicants
- Exam Results: Final Grade 12 results (if available). Grade 11 results if currently doing grade 12 as they are essential to your application
- Remember you will need a unique email address when applying either online or in a hard copy
- Upload all other supporting documents
- If for any reasons at all you are not able to apply online, you are allowed to submit a completed hard copy of your application form to the address indicated on the form
Application Fee at UFS
The management of the University of the Free State has made it known that there will be no payment of application fees. This means that the application is free.
Registration Fee/How To Register at UFS
The registration fee for 2022 at the University of the Free State is between R100 to R300.
How To Register at UFS
To Register, kindly visit this link, read through the instructions, and follow the prompts.
Application Dates at UFS
Applications for the 2023/2024 academic term at the University of the Free State are expected to be opened on 1st April 2022 and expected to be closed in September same year.
Applicants should note that the university does not accept any late applications. They simply will not be considered.
Courses Offered at UFS
There is a wide array of courses to choose from at the University of the Free State. Each faculty has its designated list of courses offered.
To browse through these courses, kindly visit the University’s website: https://www.ufs.ac.za/natagri/departments-and-divisions/urban-and-regional-planning-home/academic-information/courses-and-programmes
The University of the Free State Faculties
Overall, the university has seven faculties. Listed below are these faculties.
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
- Faculty of The Humanities
- Faculty of Theology and Religion
- Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Education
UFS in Figures
118 years old
41 169 total students
29 560 students Bloemfontein Campus
7 809 students Qwaqwa Campus
3 800 students South Campus
34 446 undergraduate students
6 396 postgraduate students
1 081 international students
3 039 distance-learning students
59 satellite campuses
108 international postdoctoral fellows
74 South African postdoctoral fellows
8 606 graduates per annum (2020)
85% overall institutional success rate
Notable amongst their alums are Deon Meyer, Crystal Roberts plus more and the motto remains In Truth is the Light of Wisdom.