University of the Free State: Statistics

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#1113 of 14,131 In the World
#18 of 1,104 In Africa
#11 of 26 In South Africa
#1 of 2 In Bloemfontein
#66 of 1,011 For Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
Top50% For 78 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree
English and Afrikaans

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 15,713 scientific papers published and 204,096 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biology, Medicine, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Sociology, Psychology, and Materials Science.


University of the Free State majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,567 / 29,845
3,418 / 79,278
3,285 / 42,925
Environmental Science
2,495 / 42,198
2,265 / 44,177
1,434 / 24,951
1,272 / 23,139
1,255 / 6,844
1,251 / 13,298
Materials Science
961 / 16,333
941 / 9,507
Political Science
910 / 3,151
837 / 7,476
Agricultural Science
738 / 14,300
734 / 13,246
Art & Design
655 / 1,150
652 / 10,467
Geography and Cartography
642 / 6,803
602 / 12,663
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
562 / 485
514 / 1,297
493 / 17,204
Development Studies
463 / 5,854
Computer Science
389 / 3,390
Health Science
377 / 2,748
370 / 338
Education Majors
364 / 3,290
356 / 440
318 / 10,532
Gender Studies
314 / 2,424
312 / 8,892
310 / 3,684
Environmental Management
302 / 4,985
Public Health
285 / 6,688
Healthcare Management (MHA)
271 / 3,565
Social Psychology
262 / 3,374
Communications and Public Relations
257 / 1,681
256 / 2,440
Animal Science
241 / 3,474
Family medicine
238 / 2,967

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 128 806
1992 134 857
1993 143 834
1994 172 968
1995 144 1032
1996 123 1173
1997 157 1391
1998 152 1458
1999 152 1718
2000 180 1958
2001 165 2111
2002 218 2126
2003 208 2338
2004 287 2762
2005 297 3345
2006 316 3904
2007 348 4455
2008 343 4767
2009 451 5785
2010 586 6972
2011 732 8423
2012 880 9560
2013 944 11883
2014 1097 13065
2015 1014 14198
2016 1321 15386
2017 1122 16799
2018 1138 17943
2019 1294 21748
2020 1618 27894
2021 1649 36874
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 75)

    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. The mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk, and Tosca Musk, she holds Canadian, South African, and American citizenship. She is a registered dietician.

  2. Wayde van Niekerk

    Wayde van Niekerk
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1992-.. (age 31)

    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 a 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 22 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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