If you have just finished from secondary school and you are considering pursuing higher education, depending on the higher institution you can look at, you need an update on university application dates. This, among other reasons, will help you plan and also decide on time before you end up missing the application date of your choice institution. So, to help you out, all important university application dates 2021 are captured in the following paragraphs.
As a prospective student who is looking forward to enrolling in an institution of higher education, once you have all the necessary documents needed to pursue an admission, you also need to know the best time to do so. This is why you need to check out these university application dates 2021 to find out whether there are institutions that could offer you a chance or not.
Which universities are still open for applications for 2021?
This list will help you evaluate whether any institutions accept late applications for 2021. There are the universities that are still open for application for 2021 in South Africa and you should know them. It will also provide you with insights into the 2022 university applications. That way, you will be updated on when to apply for the 2022 academic year.
Nelson Mandela University (NMU)
The application process for the 2021 intake for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses was open from April and closed on 3rd August 2020. Prospectus students were advised to apply online and ensure that they submit all their support documents online before the deadline.
University of Fort Hare (UFH)
UFH 2021 application cycle opened on 01 July 2020. The deadline for the 2020 application of this institution was on 30th September 2020.
North West University (NWU)
The closing date for submission of applications for the 2021 academic year for non-selection courses was 30th September 2020 while that of the selection courses was 30th June 2020. Application for music study closed on 31st July 2020.
University of the Free State (UFS)
The application process has already closed. There were a few 2021 closing dates for prospectus students for different programmes:
31 May 2020 - MBChB, Radiation Sciences, Optometry, Physiotherapy
31 July 2020 - Architecture, Construction Economics and Management, Nursing
31 August 2020 - International undergraduate applications
1 September 2020 - Fine Arts
30 September 2020 - Drama and Theatre Arts, Geology, Forensic Sciences, Physics with Engineering Sciences, Music, Social Work, Community Development (QQ only), all non-selection programmes, and all University Access Programmes on the South Campus and the sub-regions.
University of South Africa (UNISA)
Here are the deadlines for online application for 2021 for this institution:
30 November 2020 - Undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas and degrees)
15 December 2020 - Honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas
6 November 2020 - Master's & doctoral qualifications
Rhodes University's 2021 application cycle is closed now. The deadline for applications from all new students for admission to the university was 30th September 2020.
University of Johannesburg (UJ)
Applications for the 2021 academic year were received from 1st April 2020. The closing date was 30th September 2020.
University of the Western Cape (UWC)
The applications for 2021 are closed now. UWC application forms were expected to be submitted on or before the 30th of September, 2020.
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
The application process for undergraduate students is closed now. Closing dates for undergraduate programmes:
30th June 2020 – Deadline for applying for a medicine course. No late applications are allowed.
30th September 2020 - Deadline for all the other undergraduate courses.
Internal Transfer Applications was opened on 1 June 2020.
University of Cape Town (UCT)
Application for the 2021 academic year for all the undergraduate programmes was open from 1st April 2020, and the process closed on 31st July 2020. Prospectus students are advised to take advantage of this period to apply online to increase their chances of securing a chance in the institution. Before proceeding with the application process, a prospectus student should ensure that they confirm with the school as the stipulated dates are subject to change.
University of Pretoria
The institution has transitioned to a fully online application process; hence prospectus students should take keen note of that. The University of Pretoria application dates for the 2021 academic year are as follows:
- 30th September 2020 - The closing date for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science and Faculty of Theology and Religion for South African students. Applications for non-South African students will close on 31st August 2020.
- 31st May 2020 - The closing date for students looking forward to pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture for both South African students and non-South African students.
- 30th September 2020 - The closing date for the other programmes in the faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology for South African students and 31st August for non-South Africans.
- 31st May 2020 - The closing date of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Veterinary courses for both South African and non-South African students.
- 30th June 2020 - The closing date for the Faculty of Humanities for the following courses: Bachelor of Drama, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Audiology, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of Arts Information Design. For the other courses in the faculty, the closing date is 30th September 2020 for South Africans and 31st August 2020 for non-South Africans.
- The closing dates for LLB, Bachelor of Arts Law, in the Faculty of Humanities, and Bachelor of Commerce Law, in the Faculty of Economics and Management Science, is 30th September 2020 for local students and 31st August 2020 for international students.
University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
Applications for resident students were open from 1st April 2020 and closed on 30th June 2020 for the following programmes:
- All courses in the Faculty of Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Audiology
- Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology
- BA Film and TV
- Bachelor of Architecture
Applications for the rest of the University of Witwatersrand courses closed on 30th September 2020.
University of Limpopo (UL)
You cannot apply at the University of Limpopo now. The university has released the closing date for 2021 prospectus students, and it was 23 September 2020 for both SA and international students.
University of Venda (UniVen)
The University of Venda rolled out its opening and closing dates for 2021 prospectus students. The process of online applications for admission and hostel accommodation were open as from 15 June 2020 and the closing date was Monday, 30 November 2020. It means the application cycle is closed now.
University of Mpumalanga (UMP)
The university rolled out its closing date for the 2021 prospectus students and it is 30 November 2020.
University of Zululand (UniZulu)
The application process for 2021 is closed now. New application deadlines are not announced yet.
Here are the closing dates for 2021 applications:
30 June: Applications close for all undergraduate programmes.
30 June: Residence applications close.
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.
30 November: Applications close for NSFAS bursaries.
15 December: Applications close for Diploma in Public Accountability (Telematic Education).
From this list, it is paramount to note that most of the institutions are currently not accepting applications. If you wish to join any of these institutions of higher learning, you can begin the process early enough to avoid being caught up in the last-minute rush.
If you are not satisfied with the list of universities that accept applications in South Africa, you might want to consider checking out these TVET colleges as you might stand a chance in one of them.
Lyceum Correspondence College
Lyceum Correspondence College receives applications throughout the year. The only difference is that the time that a prospectus student submits their application determines the time that they will take their examination.
Pearson Institute of Higher Education
Pearson Institute of Higher Education is now receiving applications.
Applications for eta College can be made at any time of the year as the college offers several intakes.
By now, you must have seen the pattern in the important dates for most of the institutions in South Africa. If you are persistent in pursuing your studies in 2021, you should consider the institutions whose deadline is not due. It is important to note that the university application dates are keenly followed and that most of the institutions do not accept late applications. If you want to join these institutions in the forthcoming academic year, these university application dates for 2021 will help you secure a chance in your university of choice.