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Nelson Mandela University

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world rank  2488

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Founded in 2005, the Nelson Mandela University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Port Elizabeth (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Eastern Cape. This institution also has a branch campus in George and Southern Cape. Officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational South African higher education institution. Nelson Mandela University (NMU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 19-year-old South African higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this South African higher education organization an averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. NMU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Nelson Mandela University's Control Typepublic


Nelson Mandela University's Entity Typenon-profit


Nelson Mandela University' Size by Total Enrollmentlarge-sized


Nelson Mandela University's Selectivity by Acceptance Rateaveragely selective

University Identity

Acronym NMU
Founded 2005 Merger between University of Port Elizabeth (1964), Port Elizabeth Technikon and Vista University (1981)
Motto Change the World
Colours Navy blue and yellow
Mascot Diba the dolphin
Video Presentation

n.a.; please submit an official Nelson Mandela University general video presentation.

University Location

Address PO Box 77000, Mandela University
Port Elizabeth
6031 Eastern Cape
South Africa
Nelson Mandela University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Nelson Mandela University Phone Number +27 (41) 504 1111
Nelson Mandela University Fax Number +27 (41) 583 3644
Other locations George and Southern Cape

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Nelson Mandela University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Nelson Mandela University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Nelson Mandela University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
1,000-2,499 US$
(910-2,280 Euro)
2,500-4,999 US$
(2,280-4,555 Euro)
2,500-4,999 US$
(2,280-4,555 Euro)
2,500-4,999 US$
(2,280-4,555 Euro)

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Nelson Mandela University's admission information.

Nelson Mandela University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Nelson Mandela University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Nelson Mandela University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Nelson Mandela University's acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this institution an averagely selective higher education institution.

Nelson Mandela University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Nelson Mandela University's Admission Office Admission Office

PO Box 77000, Mandela University
Summerstrand 6001
(827) 720 004

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Size and Profile


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Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Nelson Mandela University has an enrollment range of 25,000-29,999 students making it a large-sized institution.

Nelson Mandela University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 3,000-3,499 academic employees (Faculty).

Nelson Mandela University's Control Type Control Type

Nelson Mandela University is a public higher education institution.

Nelson Mandela University's Entity Type Entity Type

Nelson Mandela University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Nelson Mandela University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Nelson Mandela University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

Nelson Mandela University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.

University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Nelson Mandela University's main facilities:

Nelson Mandela University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Nelson Mandela University's Library

Nelson Mandela University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

Nelson Mandela University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Nelson Mandela University's main services:

Nelson Mandela University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Nelson Mandela University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Nelson Mandela University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

Not reported

Nelson Mandela University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Nelson Mandela University's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Nelson Mandela University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Nelson Mandela University is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Nelson Mandela University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Nelson Mandela University 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


Social Media


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Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

Nelson Mandela University's Facebook page Nelson Mandela University's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

Nelson Mandela University's X (formerly Twitter) page Nelson Mandela University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Nelson Mandela University's YouTube channel Nelson Mandela University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

Nelson Mandela University's Instagram page Nelson Mandela University's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Nelson Mandela University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


Free Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

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