University of the Free State: Statistics



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#1150 of 14,131 In the World
#18 of 1,104 In Africa
#11 of 26 In South Africa
#1 of 2 In Bloemfontein
#188 of 1,000 For Human Rights Law
Top50% For 149 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate25%
Admissions RequirementsNational Senior Certificate with an Admission Point of at least 30
Academic CalendarJanuary to December (Mid - January-March; April-June; July-September; October - Mid-December)

We've calculated the 25% acceptance rate for University of the Free State based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of the Free State is a world-class research university with 24,134 scientific papers published and 270,755 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, and Law.


University of the Free State majors

by publication & citation count

14,478 / 202,885
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
13,508 / 112,139
Environmental Science
13,082 / 161,712
9,786 / 118,340
9,784 / 158,763
8,991 / 125,316
8,991 / 122,858
Political Science
8,106 / 50,306
7,741 / 56,406
7,603 / 49,004
Geography and Cartography
7,338 / 69,317
6,780 / 96,287
6,726 / 33,510
6,472 / 90,706
Computer Science
6,072 / 63,074
6,026 / 48,971
Quantum and Particle physics
5,731 / 84,241
Organic Chemistry
5,725 / 96,153
5,698 / 102,115
5,430 / 43,195
5,089 / 92,906
5,055 / 42,831
5,023 / 46,191
4,835 / 71,308
4,434 / 51,960
Materials Science
4,341 / 69,965
4,094 / 40,345
3,813 / 52,583
3,705 / 63,687
Development Studies
3,140 / 24,760
3,128 / 30,778
3,083 / 16,498
Art & Design
2,857 / 12,718
Agricultural Science
2,716 / 42,587
Public Health
2,544 / 34,824
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
2,499 / 5,213
Optical Engineering
2,445 / 37,636
Metallurgical Engineering
2,380 / 39,893
2,290 / 31,608
2,122 / 18,726

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 157 723
1992 172 771
1993 161 773
1994 181 866
1995 153 870
1996 147 962
1997 173 1083
1998 170 1208
1999 178 1420
2000 182 1482
2001 187 1663
2002 231 1655
2003 214 1979
2004 285 2086
2005 306 2570
2006 355 2920
2007 352 3262
2008 347 3395
2009 451 4054
2010 550 5182
2011 692 6061
2012 793 6647
2013 911 8323
2014 1036 9062
2015 1031 9908
2016 1353 11507
2017 1149 12164
2018 1276 14736
2019 1339 18095
2020 1788 23340
2021 2073 30974
2022 2041 34946
2023 2032 36429
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University of the Free State 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 Annual Tuition Cost (ZAR)
Bachelor of Arts R 38,200
Bachelor of Science R 41,200
Bachelor of Commerce R 43,200
Bachelor of Education R 38,200
Bachelor of Laws R 47,200
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery R 60,000
Bachelor of Nursing R 38,200
Bachelor of Social Work R 38,200

All costs are in South African Rand (ZAR).

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 the Free State.

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, Agriculture, Business and Commerce, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Surgery, Theology
Honours Degree Agriculture, Business and Commerce, Education, Fine Arts, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
Master's Degree Accountancy, African Languages, African Studies, Afrikaans, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Art History, Astronomy and Space Science, Biochemistry, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Clinical Psychology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Development Studies, Dietetics, Dutch, Economics, Education, English, Entomology, Environmental Management, Film, Fine Arts, Food Science, French, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geology, German, Hebrew, History, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Journalism, Law, Limnology, Linguistics, Marketing, Microbiology, Music, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Regional Planning, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Soil Science, Statistics, Theatre, Theology, Town Planning, Zoology
Doctorate African Languages, African Studies, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Art History, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Criminal Law, Dutch, Education, English, Fine Arts, French, Geography, German, Hebrew, History, Law, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Theology

University of the Free State alumni

  1. Maye Musk

    Maye Musk
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1948-.. (age 76)

    Maye Musk is a model and dietitian. She has been a model for 50 years, appearing on the covers of magazines, including a Time magazine health edition, Women's Day, international editions of Vogue, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is the mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk and Tosca Musk. She holds Canadian, South African, and American citizenship. She is a registered dietitian.

  2. Wayde van Niekerk

    Wayde van Niekerk
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1992-.. (age 32)

    Wayde van Niekerk is a South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 and 400 metres. In the 400 metres, he is the current world and Olympic record holder, having set the record in the Olympic finals. He also holds the world-best time in the 300 metres.

  3. P. W. Botha

    P. W. Botha
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1916-2006 (aged 90)

    Pieter Willem Botha, was a South African politician. He served as the last prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president of South Africa from 1984 to 1989.

  4. Hansie Cronje

    Hansie Cronje
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1969-2002 (aged 33)

    Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje was a South African international cricketer and captain of the South Africa national cricket team in the 1990s. A right-handed all-rounder, as captain Cronje led his team to victory in 27 Test matches and 99 One Day Internationals. Cronje also led South Africa to win the 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy, the only major ICC title the country has won to date. In the 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy Final, Cronje played a major role with the bat with his 61 not out, leading the team to victory by 4 wickets. He was voted the 11th-greatest South African in 2004 despite having been banned from cricket for life due to his role in a match-fixing scandal. He died in a plane crash in 2002.

All 23 notable alumni

University of the Free State faculties and divisions

Campus : South Distance Education, Teacher Training
Faculty : Economic and Management Sciences Accountancy, Business Administration, Economics, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Management, Public Administration
Faculty : Education Business Education, Curriculum, Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Sciences, Foreign Languages Education, Higher Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Mathematics Education, Philosophy, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Science Education, Technology Education
Faculty : Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Cardiology, Cell Biology, Child Care and Development, Community Health, Dermatology, Dietetics, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Haematology, Health Sciences, Medical Parasitology, Medicine, Microbiology, Neurological Therapy, Neurology, Nursing, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Health, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Physics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Radiology, Surgery, Urology
Faculty : Humanities African Languages, African Studies, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Dutch, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Government, Health Administration, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Theatre
Faculty : Law Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Law, Private Law
Faculty : Natural and Agricultural Sciences Actuarial Science, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Building Technologies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Crop Production, Development Studies, Entomology, Environmental Management, Food Technology, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Microbiology, Natural Sciences, Physics, Regional Planning, Safety Engineering, Soil Science, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Town Planning, Water Science, Wildlife, Zoology
Faculty : Theology Bible, History of Religion, Missionary Studies, New Testament, Religious Practice, Religious Studies, Theology
Institute : Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice Anthropology, Peace and Disarmament, Social Sciences

General information

Alternative names UFS
Universiteit van die Vrystaat
Founded 1904
Motto In Veritate Sapientiae Lux
Colors navy blue, cherry red

Location and contacts

Address PO Box 339 205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Bloemfontein, Free State, 9300
South Africa
City population 256,000

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