Rhodes University, RU Online Application for Admission for 2024 has been officially opened, late application may not be considered. Applicants aspiring to be in Rhodes University should submit online forms for Rhodes University application 2024/2053 which is open now.
The Management of the Rhodes University (RU) Application for admission to undergraduate study programmes for both South African and international citizens close on specific dates in the year preceding the year of study. Rhodes University closing date for Applications for 2024 for all selection programmes is towards the end of June.
Here are the faculties available at the university:
- Commerce: Bachelor of Business Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics, Postgraduate diploma in Accountancy, Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Management
- Education: BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching) Degree, BEd (in-service) Degrees, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, Bachelor of Education Honours, Masters in Education Degrees, PhD (Education) Degrees
- Humanities: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Social Sciences
- Law: LLB, LLB, PhD
- Pharmacy: Bachelor of Pharmacy
- Science: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Information Systems), Bachelor of Science Foundation Programme
Rhodes University (RU) Online Application 2024
Rhodes University Aspirants from South Africa and other countries for undergraduate and postgraduate can follow these steps to register for 2024 applications.
To qualify for with a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.
To apply online visit: www.ru.ac.za/admissiongateway
1. Register on the online system at https://ross.ru.ac.za/ using your email address and creating a password
2. You will then be sent an email with a link to activate you on the system.
3. Click the link to activate your registration.
4. This process will take you back to ROSS where you need to click the Admission/Other button (clicking the right button here is important)
5. You will then be allowed to enter your login and password created in step one.
6. Once you have completed your application you need to tick the button accepting the terms and conditions and submit.
7. When you have submitted you are required to pay the R100 application fee. Various options are provided by the system.
8. If you pay your application fee to the bank you need to use your application number as the reference and email the deposit slip to us.
9. Once you have completed the process above we will process the application and you are provided a student number and login.
- New self-user/MyNSFAS Account website link: http://www.nsfas.org.za/content/.
- Students will also be able to apply manually and send their documents via post in order to accommodate those who do not have access to the internet.
Minimum Faculty Requirements:
|Subject Required||Extended Studies||Dean’s Discretion||Points|
|Mathematics||34 – 37||38 – 44||45+|
|Two languages at level 4 (50 – 59%)
Maths/Maths Lit level 4 (50% – 59%) level 3 (40 – 49%)
32 – 39
|English Home Language
65% and above
English First Additional Language
70% and above
|30 – 34||34 – 44||45+|
|Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences
65% and above
40 – 44
|Mathematics, Physical Science or Life Science||
38 – 44
|English Home Language
60% and above
English First Additional Language
70% and above
50% and above
60% and above
Your application will only be considered for admission to the University if you qualify for Bachelor’s degree study AND you satisfy the faculty requirements. To qualify for with a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.
To qualify for degree studies at Rhodes University, learners must pass:
English language at an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) or above.
At least four of the seven subjects must be from the list of recommended subject list set out below and sutdents must have obtained an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) or above.
Meet Faculty requirements: subject requirements and percentage required.
PLEASE NOTE: Obtaining the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance!
Recommended subject list:
Accounting, Agricultural Science, Business Studies, Consumer Studies, Dramatic Arts, Engineering Graphics & Design, Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology, Languanges, Life Sciences, Mathematics / Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Science, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.
The minimum entry requirements for admission to Rhodes University in 2022 are set out in the following table below. Note (a) the point levels that are required (b) the differences in the achievement levels that are needed for Mathematical Literacy, (c) the need for Life and/or Physical Sciences for degrees in Science or Pharmacy.
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR ADMISSION POINT SCORE (APS)
The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admissions score using the percentage obtained for each subject. The sum of six subject scores, excluding Life Orientation but including English and any other required subject(s) for the relevant programme is considered when deciding on admission. Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score. Mathematics Paper 3 does not contribute to the APS score but the results will be captured for the Dean to note when making an admission decision.
EXAMPLES OF POINTS CALCULATIONS
|English Home Language||78%||7.8 points|
|Afrikaans/isiXhosa first/Additional Language||73%||7.3 points|
|Life Sciences||70%||7.0 points|
|Dramatic Arts||89%||8.9 points|
|Life Orientation||90%||0 points|
|Additional Mathematics||60%||0 points|
|TOTAL POINTS||45.2 points|
If you do not meet the APS score of 45 points for automatic acceptance, you may still be considered for a place at the Dean’s discretion. Such places are usually offered with some extra conditions. Some places are usually offered to students with an APS score of 38 – 44 with some extra conditions (see extended studies below). It is therefore very important to give full information when completing the application form as this is the information that the Dean will use for making a decision.
Extended Studies Programme
As an alternative route to university studies at Rhodes, a limited number of students who show potential to succeed are exposed to a carefully designed and supportive learning environment which enhances their ability to succeed. This option is for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds on condition that they take their degree over an extra year at University. It is therefore, essential full information is provided when completing the application form as this forms part of the decision-making process by the Dean.
NATIONAL BENCHMARK TESTS (NBT’S)
It is recommended that all first-time university entering South African applicants write the NBT’s. If the applicant does not meet the automatic entry requirements the NBT results will form part of the Dean’s decision-making on applications. These test results can also be used if a candidate does not meet the entrance requirements in their final examinations.
There are two tests which are written throughout the year at various centres:
* The Academic and Quantitative literacy test (AQL) consists of two components, namely academic literacy and quantitative literacy. All applicants should write the AQL test.
* The Mathematics test (MAT), this test is for applicants who wish to enter the following faculties: Commerce, Pharmacy and Science.
For further information about the NBT, dates and venues, please visit: www.nbt.ac.za or call
021 650 3523.
An APS score of 40 points and above will receive a firm offer, 37-39 points will remain on hold until the end of September to be considered by the Dean if space is available. Candidates who offer a combination of Advanced level (A), Advanced Subsidiary level (AS), Ordinary level (O), Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education (HIGCSE) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), five (5) different subjects are counted. The basic minimum requirements for admission to the University is a certificate of Full Exemption or Foreign Conditional Exemption from the Matriculation Board.
Applicants who have passed A levels are eligilble for full exemption provided the passes in approved subjects meet the following requirements:
A-level: symbols A-E (minimum of 2 subjects)
AS-level: symbols A-D (4 subjects and 1 at O-level)
O-level: symbols A-C (maximum of 3 subjects)
At least 2 subjects at A-level and 3 different subjects at O-level or 3 subjects at A-level and 2 at O-level
HIGCSE: symbols 1-3 (4 subjects)
IGCSE: symbols A-C (1 subject)
International Baccalaureate (B)
3 High level (HL) subjects: Grade 4
4 Standard Level (SL) subjects: Grade 5
|Symbol/Result/ Grade||Points Awarded|
|A, O & IGCSE||HIGCE||IB||A Level||AS Level||HIGCSE||O Level & IGCSE||
If you are applying for Pharmacy your A Levels or AS Levels must include Mathematics, Science and Biology. If you are applying for Science your A Levels, AS Levels or O Levels should include Mathematics, Science and Biology.
For candidates who offer A and O levels and HIGCSE and IGCSEs five different subjects are counted. An additional one fifth of the total is added to this total. Zimsec students only deduct three points for a final count.
With at least 1 subject from each of the following groups:
|Group II||Afrikaans, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Nederlands, Portuguese or
any other language approved by HESA
|Group III||Biology, Botany, Chemistry, General Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Physics & Chemistry, Zoology or any of the following if not offered under Group II – Afrikaans, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Nederlands or any other language approved by HESA|
Please note that Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, General Paper and Thinking Skills are not recognized subjects for entry to a South African University.
2024 Application Fee
There is an R100 Application fee required after you have submitted your Rhodes application form.
If you are unable to apply using the online process above then please download and complete the paper-based application form here.
Documents not submitted through the online method can be mailed to:
PO Box 94
For questions and enquiries, contact Rhodes University at:
P. O. Box 94
Tel: (046) 603 8276
Fax: (046) 603 8300