It’s time. Universities are now open for applications. So, whether you’re matriculating this year or on a gap year – now is the time to apply.

So, what do you need to do? Follow these 7 steps to apply to your future university:


  1. Get your Grade 11 results

All universities will ask for your Grade 11 results, so if you’re in Grade 11 right now, it’s the best time to start preparing your university application. The most important part about your application is having achieved the minimum subject percentages required for the course you’d like to take.


  1. Find out what each university offers

You can do this by taking a look at each university’s prospectus. Every faculty has its own set of courses – and you need specific minimum marks for each in order to be considered.

Also, not all universities offer the same courses. For example, the only place to study veterinary science in South Africa, is at the University of Pretoria.

To find out the required maths and science marks, for admission into courses offered at most of South Africa’s universities, click here.


  1. Enrol

Once you know what you’d like to study, and what marks you’ll need to get in, it’s time to enrol. Check whether the universities you’ve picked do online applications. If not, you’ll need to apply by post.

Important tip: Treat each application as separate. Each university’s paperwork is different. Also, where you need to apply to a university by post – apply for these first, as they take longer than online applications.


  1. Check closing dates

If you don’t apply in time, you will not be accepted into the course you want to take. Late applications are not accepted. Apart from being disappointed, this could have a big impact on the rest of your life.

Again, if you need to apply by post, send these applications in as soon as possible.


  1. Remember your supporting documents

All applications ask for supporting documents. Never send the originals – only send photocopies, as you won’t get them back. Follow the guidelines stipulated by the university you are applying to.

Documents you need to include:

  • A copy of your ID (national identity document) or passport (if you are a not a South African citizen)
  • A copy of your parent/guardian’s ID
  • A copy of your parent/guardian’s most recent payslip
  • Your Grade 11 exam results
  • Proof of residence


  1. Check and check again

Double-check that all your details are correct. It’s easy to make a mistake. You don’t want your application to be rejected because you wrote something down wrong.

Things to look out for:

  • Your ID number
  • Benchmark test number
  • Your phone number
  • Your address

Lastly, make sure you sign the declaration that goes with your application.


  1. Pay the application fee

Once you’ve submitted all your documents and have paid your application fee, your application is complete.


If you need financial assistance to study, there are various bursaries and scholarships available. You can find more information by getting in touch with each university’s financial office.

If your maths or physical science marks are not high enough to apply to the course of your dreams, you can try to rewrite those subjects. Click here for more information about rewriting mathematics and/or physical science though Master Maths in 2018.