North-West University

country rank  7
world rank  910

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University Overview

Founded in 2004, North-West University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Potchefstroom (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), North West. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Mafikeng, Vanderbijlpark. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, North-West University (NWU) is a very large (EduListing enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. North-West University (NWU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 16 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this South African higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym NWU
Founded 2004
Motto Dit begin alles hier
It all starts here
Colours Purple, turquoise and grey

University Location

Address 53 Borcherd Street
Potchefstroom (population range: 250,000-499,999)
2520 North West
South Africa
T +27 (18) 299 4897
F +27 (18) 299 4938
Other locations Mafikeng, Vanderbijlpark

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 60-70%
Admission Office 53 Borcherd Street
Potchefstroom 2531
+27 (18) 299 4944
0800 623 698

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment over-45,000
Academic Staff 3,500-3,999
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to North-West University's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)
  • International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE)
  • National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA)

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Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020