University of Stellenbosch: Statistics



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#420 of 14,131 In the World
#3 of 1,104 In Africa
#3 of 26 In South Africa
#83 of 1,014 For Entomology
Top50% For 222 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The University of Stellenbosch is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete 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 RequirementsNational Senior Certificate (NSC); an aggregate of at least 4 (50-59%) in for subjects designated for university study.
Academic CalendarFebruary to December (February - March; April-June; July-September; October-December)

Research profile

University of Stellenbosch is a world-class research university with 60,571 scientific papers published and 1,146,133 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Political Science, and Geography and Cartography.


University of Stellenbosch majors

by publication & citation count

37,261 / 854,788
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
32,548 / 552,147
Environmental Science
30,129 / 611,170
29,111 / 633,275
24,141 / 579,820
21,979 / 416,065
20,129 / 377,658
Computer Science
18,856 / 362,891
Political Science
18,073 / 262,983
Geography and Cartography
17,167 / 293,143
17,129 / 257,428
16,926 / 300,515
16,246 / 438,581
15,848 / 364,808
15,289 / 378,254
15,044 / 400,878
14,793 / 264,433
14,377 / 346,689
13,608 / 163,207
12,582 / 169,885
11,854 / 289,761
Quantum and Particle physics
11,305 / 182,735
11,083 / 161,618
11,023 / 193,275
10,622 / 138,830
10,410 / 140,243
Organic Chemistry
10,012 / 245,448
9,027 / 174,567
8,670 / 218,268
Public Health
8,374 / 236,017
Materials Science
8,245 / 171,557
8,052 / 168,523
7,230 / 210,801
6,750 / 80,688
Development Studies
6,662 / 96,676
6,614 / 130,938
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
6,214 / 103,789
5,985 / 138,421
Art & Design
5,756 / 57,007
4,994 / 103,895

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 295 1231
1992 312 1217
1993 360 1351
1994 417 1439
1995 438 1753
1996 445 1968
1997 382 2081
1998 385 2384
1999 442 2637
2000 554 3296
2001 603 3663
2002 853 4694
2003 840 5817
2004 860 7367
2005 910 9365
2006 1003 11900
2007 1095 14101
2008 1303 17080
2009 1517 20137
2010 1683 25088
2011 2092 30304
2012 2615 35535
2013 2766 42319
2014 2804 47937
2015 2789 52259
2016 3116 56430
2017 3238 62444
2018 3347 70071
2019 3493 82998
2020 4005 102958
2021 4085 124728
2022 4145 135228
2023 3946 136212
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University of Stellenbosch gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per year)
Bachelor of Arts ZAR 46,000
Bachelor of Science ZAR 50,000
Bachelor of Commerce ZAR 52,000
Bachelor of Engineering ZAR 60,000
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ZAR 70,000
Master of Business Administration ZAR 95,000
Master of Science ZAR 60,000
Doctor of Philosophy ZAR 70,000

The currency used is South African Rand (ZAR).

The University of Stellenbosch has on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Stellenbosch.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Accountancy, Accountancy, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Business and Commerce, Crop Production, Dietetics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Food Science, Forestry, Law, Law, Law, Medicine, Military Science, Music, Natural Resources, Occupational Therapy, Oenology, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Surgery, Theatre, Theology, Visual Arts, Viticulture
Master's Degree African Languages, Agriculture, Anaesthesiology, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Biochemistry, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Clinical Psychology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Curriculum, Education, Educational Psychology, Engineering, English, Environmental Management, Ethics, French, Geography, Geology, German, Higher Education, History, International Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Military Science, Music, Paediatrics, Pathology, Philosophy, Physics, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Regional Planning, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Surgery, Theatre, Theology, Town Planning, Translation and Interpretation, Visual Arts, Writing, Zoology
Doctorate African Languages, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Ancient Civilizations, Animal Husbandry, Biochemistry, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, Engineering, English, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Food Science, Forestry, French, Genetics, Geography, Geology, German, History, Horticulture, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Soil Science, Sports, Theatre, Theology, Translation and Interpretation, Visual Arts, Wood Technology, Zoology

University of Stellenbosch alumni

  1. Thabo Mbeki

    Thabo Mbeki
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1942-.. (age 82)

    Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is a South African politician who served as the second president of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008, when he resigned at the request of his party, the African National Congress (ANC). Before that, he was deputy president under Nelson Mandela from 1994 to 1999.

  2. Mike Horn

    Mike Horn
    1966-.. (age 58)

    Michael Horn is a South African-born Swiss professional explorer and adventurer. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he currently resides in Château d'Œx, Switzerland. He studied Human Movement Science at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa. Horn is currently undertaking his latest expedition Pole2Pole, a two-year circumnavigation of the globe via the two poles.

  3. Jan Christiaan Smuts

    Jan Christiaan Smuts
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1870-1950 (aged 80)
    lawyerpoliticianmilitary officerbotanistphilosopher

    Field Marshal Jan Christian Smuts, OM, CH, DTD, ED, PC, KC, FRS was a South African statesman, military leader and philosopher. In addition to holding various military and cabinet posts, he served as prime minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 to 1924 and 1939 to 1948.

  4. Johann Rupert

    Johann Rupert
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1950-.. (age 74)

    Johann Peter Rupert is a South African billionaire businessman, who is the eldest son of business tycoon Anton Rupert and his wife Huberte. He is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont and the South Africa-based company Remgro. Since April 2010, he has been the CEO of Compagnie Financiere Richemont. Rupert and family were ranked the richest in South Africa on the 2023 Forbes list, with an estimated net worth of US$10.7 billion.

All 86 notable alumni

University of Stellenbosch faculties and divisions

Faculty : AgriSciences Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Ecology, Entomology, Food Science, Forest Products, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Oenology, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, Viticulture, Wood Technology, Zoology
Faculty : Arts and Social Sciences African Languages, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Arts and Humanities, Chinese, Dutch, English, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, French, Geography (Human), German, History, Information Sciences, Journalism, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Visual Arts
Faculty : Economic and Management Sciences Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Business Administration, Economics, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Management, Public Administration, Statistics, Transport Management
Faculty : Education Curriculum, Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Sciences, Physical Education, Sports
Faculty : Engineering Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty : Law Commercial Law, Law, Private Law, Public Law
Faculty : Medicine and Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cardiology, Child Care and Development, Community Health, Dermatology, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Haematology, Histology, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Neurology, Nursing, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Radiology, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Surgery, Urology, Virology
Faculty : Military Science Military Science
Faculty : Science Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Zoology
Faculty : Theology Missionary Studies, New Testament, Theology
Institute : Advanced Science Natural Sciences
Institute : Applied Computer Science Computer Science
Institute : Futures Research Futurology
Institute : Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering
Institute : Laser Research Laser Engineering, Physics
Institute : Mathematical Sciences Mathematics
Institute : Mathematics and Science Teaching Mathematics Education, Science Education
Institute : Plant Biotechnology Biotechnology
Institute : Polymer Science Polymer and Plastics Technology
Institute : Sport Performance Sports
Institute : Structural Engineering Building Technologies
Institute : Theoretical Physics Physics
Institute : Thermodynamics and Mechanics Mechanics, Physics
Institute : Transport Technology Transport Engineering
Institute : Water and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Management, Water Science
Institute : Wine Bio-Technology Oenology, Viticulture
Institute : Wood and Fibre Forest Products, Forestry, Wood Technology
Unit : Anxiety and Stress Disorders Psychology
Unit : Children Disease Clinical Research Child Care and Development, Paediatrics
Unit : Corporate Governance in Africa Economics, Management
Unit : Religion and Development Research Missionary Studies, Religion, Theology

General information

Alternative names Universiteit Stellenbosch
Founded 1918
Accreditation Ministry of Education
Motto Pectora roborant cultus recti

Location and contacts

Address Private Bag X1
Matieland, Western Cape, 7602
South Africa
City population 22,000

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