University of the Witwatersrand

country rank  3
world rank  374

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University Overview

Founded in 1922, University of the Witwatersrand is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Johannesburg (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Gauteng. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) 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 uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 97 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 30-40% making this South African higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym WITS
Founded 1922 Origins date back to 1896
Motto Scientia et Labore
Knowledge and Labour
Colours Blue and yellow

University Location

Address Private Bag 3, Wits
Johannesburg (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
2050 Gauteng
South Africa
T +27 (11) 717 1000
F +27 (11) 717 1065

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student 2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
Int'l student 2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Admission Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Admission Selection Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Admission Rate 30-40%
Admission Office Private Bag 3
Wits 2050
+27 (11) 717 1030

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 25,000-29,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range over-5,000
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to University of the Witwatersrand's Library
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Year of first Accreditation

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Council on Higher Education (CHE)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
  • South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)


  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Foundation of Tertiary Institutions of the Northern Metropolis (FOTIM)
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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Site last updated: Monday, 4 February 2019