Apply to the University of the Free State


You will find a breakdown of how to apply to the University of the Free State (UFS) below.  We’ve got guidelines on the online application process AND the hardcopy application form.  Ready, steady, let’s go! 

UFS Application Breakdown

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.  Applications close at the end of May for medical programmes (apart from nursing).  The end of July is the latest you can apply for quantity surveying, architecture, construction management and nursing programmes.  Applications for all other programs close at the end of September with the exception of Fine Arts programmes which close at the beginning of Novemeber.

Before you begin applying online or in hardcopy, have a look at our infographic on Things to Remember Before Applying.

Apply to UFS using the online application

Things to note before applying online to UFS:

  1. You’ll need an email address to complete the application. Don’t have one? 
  2. d to do this before applying.
  3. South African applicants will need an ID number.  Foreign applicants will need their passport number.
  4. Scan your supporting documents so they are ready to upload.
  5. There is no application fee.

How to Apply Online

UFS has one online application form for both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.  This is a simple nine-step application process.

Apply to UFS using the hardcopy application

Things to note before applying with a hardcopy form:

  1. There are two different application forms: one for undergraduate applicants and one for postgraduates.
  2. Make sure you have attached all relevant supporting documents beforesending off the application form.
  3. Have you calculated your APS?  You’ll need to do this before applying.  
  4. There is no application fee.

You can post your application form to the following address:

University of the Free State
Admin Building
Kestell Road
Private Bag X13
9866Apply to UFS Residence

NOTE: All prospective students will only be able to get application forms directly from the information desk at the Thakaneng Bridge or by calling UFS Housing and Residence on 051 401 3000

.  If you are a current student, you can apply for Junior or Senior residence accommodation by getting the forms online.

Application Fees for UFS

There is no application fee for all UFS applicants.

Submitting Results and Documents

When it comes to school results, you will need to submit your grade 11 marks, if you are currently in school.  If you have completed matric, you will also need to submit your final matric results.  You will also need to attach a copy of your ID or passport.  All the documents you attach will need to be certified copies of the originals.

Are you a transferring student?   If yes, make sure that all transcripts and academic records are submitted as early as possible.   It is also important to make sure that the final transcript of your current studies reaches the Admissions Office as soon as possible.

Contact the University of the Free State

For more information on how to apply to UFS, you can visit their website.

Alternatively, you can contact the UFS Admissions Department using the following details:

Tel: 051 401 9111