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North-West University

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world rank  1927

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Founded in 2004, the North-West University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the medium city of Potchefstroom (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), North West. This institution also has branch campuses in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark. Officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa, North-West University (NWU) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: over-50,000 students) coeducational South African higher education institution. North-West University (NWU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 20-year-old South African higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 60-69% making this South African higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. NWU 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, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


North-West University's Control Typepublic


North-West University's Entity Typenon-profit


North-West University' Size by Total Enrollmentvery large-sized


North-West University's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratemoderately selective

University Identity

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

Address 53 Borcherd Street
2520 North West
South Africa
North-West University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
North-West University Phone Number +27 (0)860 169698
North-West University Fax Number +27
Other locations Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


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Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following North-West 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 North-West University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


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Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This North-West 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 North-West University.

North-West University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic North-West University's admission information.

North-West University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

North-West University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has North-West University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

North-West University's acceptance rate range is 60-69% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

North-West University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

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

North-West University has more than 1200 international students.

North-West University's Admission Office Admission Office

53 Borcherd Street
Potchefstroom 2531
(0)860 169698

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Size and Profile


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Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for North-West University.

North-West University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

North-West University has an enrollment range of over-50,000 students making it a very large-sized institution.

North-West University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 1,500-1,999 academic employees (Faculty).

North-West University's Control Type Control Type

North-West University is a public higher education institution.

North-West University's Entity Type Entity Type

North-West University is a non-profit higher education institution.

North-West University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

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

North-West University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

North-West University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


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University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of North-West University's main facilities:

North-West University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit North-West University's Library

North-West University's Housing University Housing

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

North-West University (NWU) Housing Offering:

  • NWU provides various housing options for its students.
  • For detailed information about the available residences, students can visit the NWU website at

North-West University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

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

North-West University offers a wide range of sport activities and facilities at its three locations. The sports available at each location and reported to uniRank are as follows:

Mahikeng Sport Codes:
  • High Performance: Soccer
  • Competitive: Aerobics, Cross country, Boxing, Body Building, Chess, Dance Sports, Karate, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Volleyball
  • Recreation: Badminton, Basketball, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Ju-jitsu, Hockey, Cricket
  • Wellness: Aerobics, Circuit Training, Swimming, Learn to Swim, Pool
Potchefstroom Sport Codes:
  • High Performance: Rugby, Cricket, Athletics, Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, Netball
  • Competitive: Swimming, Cross country, Water polo, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Squash, Gymnastics, Golf, Karate, Basketball, Badminton, 7's Rugby, Canoeing
  • Recreation: E-sport, Dance Sports, Rock Climbing, Table Tennis, Chess
  • Wellness: Aerobics, Kick Boxing, Pilates, Spinning, Yoga, Zumba
Vanderbijlpark Sport Codes:
  • High Performance: Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Rugby
  • Competitive: Cricket, Body Building, Chess, Karate
  • Recreation: Cross country, Canoeing, Mindsport
  • Wellness: Running Club, Dance Sports, Cycling and Mountain Biking

For more information, you can visit the North-West University's sports website at

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of North-West University's main services:

North-West 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.

North-West University offers various financial aids to its students, including:

  • Bursaries for Undergraduate Studies
  • NSFAS Funding
  • Funza Lushaka Teaching Bursary
  • Academic Merit Bursary
  • Family Discount
  • Leadership Bursary
  • Support Bursary
  • Arts and Culture Bursary
  • Sport Bursary

For postgraduate students, the university also provides the following bursaries:

  1. NWU Postgraduate Bursary
  2. NWU Postgraduate Academic Merit Bursary

For more information, you can visit their website:

North-West University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

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

North-West University offers a range of exchange programs and study abroad opportunities through its internationalization activities. These activities encompass cooperation in academic, research, cultural, and sports matters with partner institutions.

  • We provide joint degrees in collaboration with our partners.
  • Our staff actively co-produce publications and engage in developing international networks.
  • They also serve on various international bodies.
  • Our university facilitates international visits for academic and cultural exchanges.
  • We run student and staff exchange programs to promote global learning experiences.

In the year 2023, North-West University hosts a diverse community of 1,023 international students representing over 50 countries. Among them, 381 are postgraduates, including 176 pursuing doctoral degrees.

North-West University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

North-West University offers distance learning opportunities through its dedicated website at

North-West University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

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

North-West 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.

North-West University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

North-West 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 North-West 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)
  • International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE)
  • National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA)

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

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Social Media


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Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

North-West University's Facebook page North-West University's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

North-West University's X (formerly Twitter) page North-West University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

North-West University's YouTube channel North-West University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram


LinkedIn LinkedIn

North-West University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


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