How to Apply for the University of Free State

Transforming lives and inspiring excellence are at the heart of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) mission. If you share this vision, seize the opportunity to apply for admission at UFS today.


UFS has launched its applications, beckoning eager applicants to embark on their educational journey. With three distinctive campuses – Bloemfontein Campus, Qwaqwa Campus, and South Campus – UFS offers a diverse and enriching academic experience.

Prospective students can explore seven faculties, each offering unique opportunities for growth and specialization:

  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • The Humanities
  • Law
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Theology and Religion

Additionally, UFS extends its educational reach through Open Distance Learning and its esteemed Business School. Sporting enthusiasts can also engage in over 22 different sports disciplines.

How to Apply:

  1. Visit the UFS website.
  2. Navigate to the menu bar and select ‘apply.’ Then, proceed to ‘online application.’
  3. Click on ‘new application’ at the bottom of the page.
  4. Complete the required fields.
  5. Upload essential documents in PDF or JPEG format, including:
  • Copy of your ID/passport
  • Copy of parent’s ID/passport if under 18
  • Final Grade 11 results with school’s stamp
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Grade 12 IEB certificate for matriculated applicants
  • Academic record for students from other institutions of higher learning
  1. Review and accept the agreement.

UFS Application Closing Dates:

  • 31 May: MB ChB, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physiotherapy, Radiation Sciences
  • 31 July: Architecture, Biokinetics, Dietetics, Nursing, Social Work, Sport, Coaching
  • 31 August: All non-selection programs
  • 30 September: Drama and Theatre Arts, Forensic Sciences, Geology, Music, Physics with Engineering Sciences, Quantity Surveying (Compact Learning), Fine Arts

At UFS, diversity, inclusivity, and transformation are championed. Embrace the journey towards academic excellence and innovation alongside UFS. Through captivating projects and top-notch researchers, UFS continually generates critical knowledge, fosters third-stream income, and contributes to the economy.

With expanding facilities and a burgeoning knowledge base, UFS offers scholars myriad opportunities to make a local and global impact. Join UFS in shaping the future through education and research.