List of 26 best universities in South Africa

We ranked 26 best universities in South Africa based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 6.55M citations received by 314K publications made by 26 universities in South Africa, measured the popularity of 678 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database to calculate the non-academic prominence.

#1 in South Africa
#1 in Africa
#236 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1874
#2 in South Africa
#2 in Africa
#389 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
37,500
Founded
1922
#3 in South Africa
#3 in Africa
#418 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1918
#4 in South Africa
#4 in Africa
#422 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
56,483
Male:Female
42:58
Founded
1908
#5 in South Africa
#6 in Africa
#656 in the World
Enrollment
42,500
Founded
2004
#6 in South Africa
#9 in Africa
#858 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Enrollment
49,910
Founded
2005
#7 in South Africa
#10 in Africa
#866 in the World
Enrollment
420,000
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1873
#8 in South Africa
#11 in Africa
#1016 in the World
Acceptance Rate
93%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
2004
#9 in South Africa
#13 in Africa
#1035 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1959
#10 in South Africa
#14 in Africa
#1046 in the World
Acceptance Rate
52%
Enrollment
8,200
Founded
1904
#11 in South Africa
#16 in Africa
#1104 in the World
Enrollment
37,000
Founded
1904
#12 in South Africa
#23 in Africa
#1613 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
2005
#13 in South Africa
#29 in Africa
#1755 in the World
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
2003
#14 in South Africa
#35 in Africa
#2046 in the World
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
2005
#15 in South Africa
#37 in Africa
#2210 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
2002
#16 in South Africa
#44 in Africa
#2522 in the World
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1916
#17 in South Africa
#57 in Africa
#2909 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1959
#18 in South Africa
#77 in Africa
#3375 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1960
#19 in South Africa
#92 in Africa
#3734 in the World
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1982
#20 in South Africa
#112 in Africa
#4054 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1966
#21 in South Africa
#121 in Africa
#4276 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1981
#22 in South Africa
#142 in Africa
#4567 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
2005
#23 in South Africa
#192 in Africa
#5677 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
2014
#24 in South Africa
#201 in Africa
#5901 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1979
#25 in South Africa
#498 in Africa
#10325 in the World
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
2013
#26 in South Africa
#517 in Africa
#10625 in the World
Founded
2014

The best cities to study in South Africa based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, and Pretoria.

Average cost of living for students in South Africa is $412 + $62-440 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).