University of South Africa: Statistics

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#866 of 14,131 In the World
#10 of 1,104 In Africa
#7 of 26 In South Africa
#2 of 4 In Pretoria
#13 of 1,011 For Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
Top50% For 103 other topics

Quick Review

Enrollment
420,000
Male:Female Ratio
36:64
Type
Non-profit
Funding
Public
Highest Degree
Doctorate
Website
www.unisa.ac.za
Languages
English;Afrikaans
Acceptance rate
69%*

* The University of South Africa is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because a university has programs where an applicant only needs to meet admission requirements to enroll and doesn't necessarily competes with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely-ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsFor undergraduate certificates: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree, diploma or higher certificate; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree, diploma or higher certificate; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). For undergraduate diplomas: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree or diploma; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree or diploma; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). For undergraduate degrees: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). Please note that the admission requirements for entry level qualifications are the minimum statutory requirements and that admission requirements differ between the various Colleges.
Academic CalendarJanuary to December
Enrollment420,000
Full time employee2,159
Student:staff ratio195:1

Publications & Citations

Publications
20,084
Citations
204,882

University of South Africa majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
9,801 / 89,943
Business
3,059 / 30,479
Sociology
2,935 / 20,181
Psychology
2,720 / 31,453
Medicine
2,211 / 56,914
Political Science
2,135 / 7,594
Economics
1,915 / 15,046
Engineering
1,900 / 28,147
Chemistry
1,769 / 31,487
Physics
1,635 / 26,157
Computer Science
1,552 / 22,061
Art & Design
1,541 / 4,386
Law
1,480 / 2,498
Environmental Science
1,433 / 14,425
Materials Science
1,140 / 19,971
Education Majors
1,106 / 8,863
Biology
1,105 / 18,042
Mathematics
1,035 / 10,576
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
970 / 1,769
Communications and Public Relations
923 / 7,216
History
916 / 1,275
Development Studies
881 / 7,821
Gender Studies
862 / 4,460
Social Psychology
711 / 11,910
Demography
687 / 45,337
Geography and Cartography
650 / 4,819
Literature
644 / 906
Math Teachers
590 / 4,584
Philosophy
579 / 912
Management Information Systems
537 / 10,055
Creative Writing
535 / 1,198
Health Science
516 / 2,988
Chemical Engineering
398 / 7,919
Marketing
377 / 3,978
Linguistics
376 / 1,716
Public Policy / Administration
374 / 1,495
Nursing
349 / 3,239
Public Health
346 / 15,288
Environmental Management
336 / 2,929
Criminology and Criminal Justice
328 / 1,910

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 130 382
1992 106 456
1993 138 375
1994 134 464
1995 137 409
1996 148 481
1997 175 540
1998 159 588
1999 167 600
2000 142 780
2001 192 746
2002 206 968
2003 226 1043
2004 254 1388
2005 306 1607
2006 287 1730
2007 277 2182
2008 399 2621
2009 418 3567
2010 641 4033
2011 900 5389
2012 1202 6716
2013 1349 10091
2014 1552 14706
2015 1567 16403
2016 1621 16411
2017 1723 18684
2018 1573 19885
2019 1920 26297
2020 2060 33739
2021 2041 40396

Tuition

Local studetns For programmes in Education; Law; Psychology; Public Administration; Social Services: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 735; Full Module, 2,860; Course/Paper ; 1,470 (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 1,050; Full Module, 2,100; Course/Paper, 4,120. For programmes in Business, Commerce and Management Sciences; Computer Science and Data Processing; Language, Linguistics and Literature; Religion and Theology; Social Science Systems: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 720; Full Module, 2,800; Course/Paper, 1,440; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module,995; Full Module, 1,990; Course/Paper, 3,900. For programmes in Engineering and Engineering Technology; Home Economics; Mathematical Sciences: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 715; Full Module, 2,780; Course/Paper 1,430; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 970; Full Module, 1,940; Course/Paper, 3,800. For programmes in Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources; Arts, Visual and Performing Arts; Health Care and Health Sciences; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 680; Full Module, 2,640; Course/Paper 1,360; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 930; Full Module, 1,860; Course/Paper, 3,660. (A module is 12 SAQA credits or 120 notional hours, a course/paper is 24 SAQA credits or 240 notional hours but in the 4th year/Honours there is also a 36 SAQA credit paper which represent 360 notional hours). (ZAR)

Programs and Degrees

Programs Associate's degree Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Design | Arts | Humanities ++++
Business | Politics | Social Sciences ++++
Languages | Culture | Linguistics ++++
Nursing | Health | Pharmacy | Medicine ++++
Engineering | IT +++
Maths | Natural Sciences ++++
Master of Technology Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology
Master's Degree Accountancy, African Languages, Afrikaans, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Bible, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical Psychology, Development Studies, English, French, Geography, History, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Information Sciences, Islamic Studies, Italian, Law, Linguistics, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Social Work, Sociology, Theology, Transport Economics, Visual Arts
Doctorate Accountancy, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Astronomy and Space Science, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Computer Science, Development Studies, Education, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Technology, Theology, Translation and Interpretation

University of South Africa alumni

  1. Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1918-2013 (aged 95)
    Enrolled in the University of South Africa
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianautobiographerlawyerpolitical activistpolitical prisoner
    Biography

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

  2. Robert Mugabe

    Robert Mugabe
    Born in
    Zimbabwe Flag Zimbabwe
    Years
    1924-2019 (aged 95)
    Enrolled in the University of South Africa
    Graduated with bachelor's degree in education and administration
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He served as Leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist–Leninist, and as a socialist after the 1990s.

  3. Desmond Tutu

    Desmond Tutu
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1931-2021 (aged 90)
    Enrolled in the University of South Africa
    Studied in 1954
    Occupations
    Anglican priesthuman rights activisttheologiannon-fiction writer
    Biography

    Desmond Mpilo Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.

  4. Fernando Pessoa

    Fernando Pessoa
    Born in
    Portugal Flag Portugal
    Years
    1888-1935 (aged 47)
    Occupations
    poettranslatorwriterphilosopheressayist
    Biography

    Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher, and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French.

General info

Alternative names UNISA
Founded 1873
Accreditation Council on Higher Education
Motto Pro Gentibus Sapientia
Learning in Service to Humanity
Academic structure College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
College of Economic and Management Sciences
College of Education
College of Human Sciences
College of Law
College of Science, Engineering and Technology
College of Graduate Studies
Graduate School of Business Leadership
Affiliations and memberships Association of African Universities (AAU)
Universities South Africa (USA)
National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA)

Location and Contacts

Address Preller Street Muckleneuk
Pretoria, 0003 Gauteng South Africa
South Africa
City population 742,000
Phone +27 (12) 429 3111
Fax +27 (12) 429 4150

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