University opening and closing dates for 2025 applications

By Karabo · Feb 22, 2024
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The university application period is fast approaching. In a blink of an eye, universities will be accepting applications for the 2025 academic year. 2024 matriculants and individuals who couldn't find space during late applications can now start preparing to submit their applications for the 2025 academic year.

 

University opening and closing dates for 2025 applications 

One might be wondering, when to actually apply for universities for 2025 in South Africa? In South Africa prospective students can start to apply for 2025 applications as early as 01 March 2024. The university opening and closing dates differ from university to university. We have compiled a comprehensive guide will all the university opening and closing dates to help you stay informed and to prepare in advance. 

University Opening and Closing Dates for 2025 applications

 

GAUTENG

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE
University of Pretoria02 April 2024

31 May 2024: Veterinary Science 

30 June 2024: All other faculties

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University02 April 202431 July 2024
University of the WitwatersrandMarch 2024

30 June 2024: Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architectural Studies; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film & TV

30 September  2024: All other University programmes

30 September 2024: Residence applications

University of Johannesburg01 April 202431 October 2024
Tshwane University of Technology01 March 202430 September 2024 
Vaal University of Technology*April 2024 30 September 2024 
The University of South Africa*14 October 202415 November 2024 



WESTERN CAPE 

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE 
University of Cape Town02 April 2024

28 July 2024: Teaching courses and Bachelor of Nursing

28 September 2024: All other programmes

University of Stellenbosch01 April 2024 31 July 2024 
University of the Western Cape02 April 202430 September 2024: All programmes
Cape Peninsula University of Technology*15 May 2024 30 September 2024 



KWAZULU NATAL

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE 
University of KwaZulu-Natal01 March 2024 30 November 2024 
University of Zululand01 March 202430 November 2024 
Durban University of Technology. 01 March 202430 November 2024 
Mangosuthu University of Technology.01 March 202430 November 2024 


 

LIMPOPO

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE 
University of Limpopo05 April 2024 

31 July 2024 (MBChB)

30 September 2024 (all the other programmes)

University of Venda15 May 2024*30 September 2024 


 

 EASTERN CAPE 

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE 
University of Fort Hare*01 June 2024 30 October 2024 
Rhodes University*20 May 2024 30 September 2024 
Nelson Mandela University04 April 2024 
  • 30 June 2024 for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) applications.
  • 30 June 2024 for Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) & Bachelor of Radiography (BRad) applications.
  • 02 August 2024 for early applications (excluding MBChB, BPharm & BRad).
  • 30 September 2024 for late applications (excluding MBChB, BPharm & BRad).
  • 30 September 2024 for international student applications.
Walter Sisulu University*01 June 202431 October 2024 



FREE STATE

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE 
University of the Free State01 April 2024 30 September 2024
Central University of Technology*01 May 2024 31 October 2024 


 

NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY 

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE
North-West University01 April 2024 31 August 2024 



MPUMALANGA

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE
University of Mpumalanga*01 June 2024 30 November 2024 



NORTHERN CAPE 

UNIVERSITIES OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE
Sol Plaatje University*05 May 2024 30 September 2024 

 

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Now that you are aware of the university opening and closing dates. It's time to gather all the University prospectuses to check minimum requirements for admission to your desired study programme. Please note that universities will not accept your application if you do not qualify. It is your full responsibility to download the 2025 prospectuses of different universities in South Africa for the 2025 academic year. Click HERE to download the 2025 prospectuses.

After checking the minimum requirements ensure that you gather all the required documents. Universities require certified copies that are not older than 3 months. All the documents should be scanned and in a PDF format. 

Here's a list of university required documents:

  • Your certified ID copy 
  • Your certified matric certificate/statement 
  • If currently in matric, your grade 11 final report 
  • If currently in matric, your Grade 12 June Report (Majority of universities do not require June report)
  • Certified ID copies of your next of kin or parents
  • Application fee slip
  • Declaration Form
  • Undertaking Form

NOTE: The required documents differ from university to university. Check with your desired university which documents are required. 

 

Remember, the early bird catches them fattest worm. Check requirements, gather required documents and save up for application fees. Make this year productive by securing your space for the 2025 academic year. Know someone who might this post useful? If so, share it to them.

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