The NWU was officially established on 1 January 2004 after the former University of North-West(University of Bophuthatswana) merged with the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. A third party was the Sebokeng Campus of another mainly black university, Vista, whose staff and students were incorporated.
The merging of these schools to form the North-West University (NWU) was a strong symbolic act of reconciliation and nation-building – and a highly effective one. The NWU is now hailed as one of the most successful and stable higher education mergers in South Africa.
With its merged status, the North-West University is now the second-largest student population university (full-time and distance education) in the country.
NWU has 3 campuses across South Africa;
Potchefstroom Campus (University Head Campus)
A unique student experience coupled with a research-driven dynamic, the Potchefstroom Campus is where all are geared towards bringing a brighter future to all.
An innovative institution with a proud heritage, exceptionally rich culture and unwavering strife towards excellence
As picturesque as it is productive, as pioneering as it is progressive. The Vaal Campus is the epitome of what quality entails.
The NWU offer Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies (Masters and Doctorate) and Distance Learning programs
The university is home to 8 faculties including:
Economic and Management Sciences
Business and Governance (Business School)
Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management
Professional Studies in Education
Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Commerce and Social Studies in Education
Chemical and Minerals Engineering
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Human Movement Sciences
Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Physical and Chemical Sciences
Geo- and Spatial Sciences
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Computer Science and Information Systems
Business Mathematics and Statistics
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Christian Ministry and Leadership
Ancient Language and Text Studies
HOW TO APPLY
Step 1: Getting a student number (start at step 2 if you already have one)
Go to the online application platform
Click on New application
Click on Create new student number and complete all the fields
Please note that the allocation of a student number does not mean that you have completed the application process. Please go through all the steps below to ensure that your application is complete and that it reaches us. Incomplete applications will not be processed by the University.
Step 2: Log in
When you receive a student number, use that together with the PIN number you created to log in.
Step 3: What do you want to study?
Complete all the fields. Use the yearbooks to obtain more information about the qualifications, modes of delivery and curricula.
Step 4: Upload supporting documents
In order to consider your application, please upload the following supporting documents. If the application is incomplete, it may be declined by the University:
Grade 12 results, Grade 11 results (final results only) or a copy of your matric certificate – if you have already passed matric.
Applicants who are currently upgrading their grade 12 results, will only be considered after the improved results are presented to the NWU.
Applicants who follow Cambridge, GED or any other non-NSC curriculum, or who may qualify for exemption based on advanced age or post-school qualifications, must provide an exemption certificate as issued by USAF.
Copy of your ID
Copy of your academic record (if applicable).
Additional documents for international prospective students:
A copy of relevant results
A copy of your passport
More information on payable fees
Step 5: Submit application
Please make sure that you press the Submit Application button when you have finished ensuring that we receive your application.
NWU has quite notable alumni;
Gerhard Mostert, South African Rugby player, who played for the Springboks and Stade Francais He plays lock.
Warren Whiteley, South African Rugby player, who played for the Springboks and Lions. He played eight-man and was springbok Captain
Katlego Maboe, award-winning television presenter
Demi-Leigh Nel-Paters (Miss Universe 2017)