Rhodes University

country rank  9
world rank  1532

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University Overview

Established in 1904, Rhodes University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the rural setting of the large town of Grahamstown (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Eastern Cape. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, Rhodes University (RU) is a medium-sized (EduListing enrollment range: 8,000-8,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Rhodes University (RU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 116 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym RU
Founded 1904
Motto Vis, virtus, veritas
Strength, courage, truth
Colours Purple and white

University Location

Address 94 Drostdy Road
Grahamstown (population range: 50,000-249,999)
6140 Eastern Cape
South Africa
T +27 (46) 603 8111
F +27 (46) 622 8444

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office Eden Grove, Lucas Avenue
Grahamstown 6140
+27 46 603 8111

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 8,000-8,999
Academic Staff 400-499
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Rural
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Rhodes University's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation

Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants SAICA
  • South African Pharmacy Council
  • Professional Board for Psychology under the HPCSA

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)
  • African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)

Academic Structure


Social Media


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Online Courses

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Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020