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History introduction

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university, and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions.

The birth of an institution
UCT rugbyfieldsUCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys.

The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow.

The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.

Today, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing and diversifying democratic society, UCT is implementing an action guide on transformation looking at issues such as:

    staff diversity
    student equity and access
    the curriculum
    leadership and governance
    attitudes and behaviour.

UCT strives to:
    redress past injustices
    promote equal opportunity for all
    reflect the demographics of South Africa
    safeguard human rights
    uphold the inherent dignity of all
    meet the development needs of South Africa’s emerging democracy.

University of Cape Town Faculty / Course

The university has 6 faculties – Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science – which are all supported by the Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students’ teaching and learning needs.

Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and 3 Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee.

UCT also has more than 80 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work and is home to more than a third of South Africa’s A-rated researchers – academics who are considered world leaders in their fields.

UCT’s Communication and Marketing Department (CMD) has published a series of fact sheets that focus on the university’s 6 faculties:

    Engineering & the Built Environment
    Health Sciences

University of Cape Town Rankings

World rankings
    1st in Africa
    (Times Higher Education 2019)
    (Quacquarelli Symonds 2019)
    (US News Best Global Universities 2019)
    156th in the world
    (Times Higher Education 2019)
    200th in the world
    (Quacquarelli Symonds 2019)
    114th in the world
    (US News Best Global Universities 2019)
    223rd in the world
    (Center for World Univeristy Rankings 2018-19)

BRICS rankings
    22nd (Quacquarelli Symonds 2019 BRICS)

University of Cape Town Acceptance Rate

The admission requirements differ depending on what you want to study. The criteria for certificate courses, diplomas and degrees is listed below:
Undergraduate Certificate Study

To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the faculty concerned.
Undergraduate Diploma Study

The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in 4 recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.
Bachelor’s Degree Study

To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility:

    Applicants holding a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) need to pass a minimum of 4 subjects at a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better from a designated list of subjects. The designated list is as follows:
        Agricultural Sciences
        Business Studies
        Dramatic Arts
        Engineering Graphics and Design
        Consumer Studies
        Information Technology
        Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and 2 other recognised language subjects)
        Life Sciences
        Mathematical Literacy
        Physical Sciences
        Religious Studies
        Visual Arts

    Applicants holding a South African Senior Certificate need matriculation endorsement.

    Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates must qualify for a matriculation exemption certificate. For more information please visit the website of the Matriculation Board.

Calculating Admissions Points Score (APS)
The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admission score equal to that percentage.

The sum of 6 subjects, excluding Life Orientation, but including English and any required subject(s) for the relevant programme, is considered when deciding on admission. For example, for a given programme where Maths and Physical Sciences are required, we will take scores for English, Maths, Physical Sciences and the next best 3 subjects other than Life Orientation to compute the NSC score towards the APS.

Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score.

University of Cape Town Contacts & Address

University of Cape Town,
Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701,
South Africa

UCT switchboard: +27 (0)21 650 9111

The web manager can only be of assistance with website-related queries, not IT-related queries. For the latter (including queries about online systems and email), please contact IT Helpdesk on +27 (0)21 650 4500.

Accounts: Creditors
+27 (0)21 650 4403

Accounts: Debtors
+27 (0)21 650 5270/2143
+27 (0)21 650 4379

Accounts: Fees
+27 (0)21 650 1704
+27 (0)21 650 4768

Admissions / Applications
+27 (0)21 650 2128

Campus Protection Services
+27 (0)21 650 2222/3

Communication & Marketing
Charmaine Dublin
+27 (0)21 650 3732



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