Stellenbosch University admission requirements

For new applications, please familiarize yourself with the Stellenbosch University Admissions Policy and the school’s Terms & Conditions. This page tries to give more detailed information about the Stellenbosch University admission requirements.

Stellenbosch University admission requirements

 

What are the educational prerequisites for a bachelor’s degree?

  • 30% for a South African Learning and Teaching Language (English or Afrikaans), and
  • an achievement rating of 4 (50% – 59%) in four 20-credit subjects.

How do you calculate your average for the National Senior Certificate?

Highest score in Learning and Teaching Language (Eng or Afr) Plus (5 x best results in 20-credit subjects excluding. Life Orientation and Mathematics 3). After that, the total is divided by 6.

Everything in this article represents different admission requirements for the Stellenbosch University

What criteria do we use to evaluate international qualifications?

  • Final school results, including School of Tomorrow, from International Curriculum (Cambridge International, International Baccalaureate, etc.).
  • The minimal standards for international curriculums can be found here. (GCSE/IGCSE/O-levels, A-levels, AS-levels, IB diploma, GCSE/IGCSE/O-levels) Also, as outlined in the program descriptions under the various faculties, you must meet additional requirements unique to the program(s) of your choice.
  • Highest score in Learning and Teaching Language (Eng or Afr) Plus (5 x best results in 20-credit subjects excluding Life Orientation and Mathematics 3). After that, the total is divided by 6.
  • Click here to download the Minimum Admission Requirements for 2022-intake​

Stellenbosch University admission requirements by Faculty

The university programs receive a large number of applications from potential students. We are only able to accept a limited number of pupils. Even if you meet all of a program’s admission requirements, you are not guaranteed admission to the program of your choice. ​ To view any of the Stellenbosch University admission requirements, kindly click on the links below.

AgriSciences
Arts and Sciences
Economic and Management Sciences
Education (Foundation Phase)
Education (Intermediate Phase)
Engineering
Law
Science
Medicine and Health Sciences
– MBChB
– Dietetics
– Physiotherapy
– Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy
– Occupational Therapy
– Nursing
Military Science

You can view the Stellenbosch University Prospectus 2022 here.

Grade 12 requirements

To be accepted into the BDatSci programme, the ​minimum admission requirements are:

  • NSC or IEB average of 80% based on the six best subjects, excluding Life Orientation
  • Mathematics 80%
  • Home Language 60%
  • If English is not the Home Language, English First Additional Language 75%

Stellenbosch University ​Admission Requirements for International Curricula

We are delighted that you are considering applying to Stellenbosch University, and we look forward to welcoming you as a Matie student soon. The admissions handbook may be downloaded below. It will walk you through the application process and provide you with important information about Stellenbosch University, admissions, and other prerequisites.

Download the International Curricula booklet​.

National Benschmark Test (NBT)

​A prospective student must have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (IEB) as certified by Umalusi, with admission to bachelor’s degree studies (which requires a performance level of at least 4 (50-59 percent) in each of four designated university admission subjects), or an exemplified NSC or school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (IEB) as certified by Umalusi.

In addition to the above, admission to programmes leading to BScAgric*, BScFor*, BScConsEcol, BSc Food Sc and BAgricAdmin requires at a minimum:

  • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4 (50%);
  • Mathematics 5 (60%);
  • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) 4 (50%)

*For BScAgric with Soil Science and Chemistry as major subjects:

  • An average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification;
  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4 (50%)
  • Mathematics 6 (70%)
  • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) 4 (50%)

In addition to the general admission requirements of SU, admission to the programme leading to BAgric (Elsenburg) requires at a minimum:

  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4 (50%);
  • Mathematics 4 (50%) or Mathematical Literacy 5 (60%);
  • Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) 4 (50%); OR
  • Life Sciences 4 (50%); OR
  • Agricultural Sciences 4 (50%).

The prospective student is also required to take the National Benchmark Tests (NBT), including the Mathematics component (MAT) of the tests.

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