North-West University

country rank  6
world rank  661

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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 (uniRank 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 in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 15 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 Innovasie deur diversiteit
Innovation through diversity
Colours Black, blue, green and maroon

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

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student Not reported Not reported
Int'l student Not reported Not reported

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 60-70%
Admission Office 53 Borcherd Street
Potchefstroom 2531
+27 (18) 299 4944
0800 623 698

Size and Profile

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

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to North-West University'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 Distance Learning and Online Courses Yes


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


  • 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, 4 February 2019