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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Vis, virtus, veritas (Strength, courage, truth
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA; IAU
Established: 1904
No of Students: 8,200
Vice-Chancellor: Dr. Sizwe Mabizela
Campuses: Makhanda
Ranking: 10th in South Africa (Webometrics Ranking)
Website: https://www.ru.ac.za/
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Rhodes University is a public research university located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is one of four universities in the province, and the oldest as well, having been established in 1904. Rhodes University College was founded by an act of parliament on 31 May 1904 and named after Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes moved from its cramped quarters at St. Andrew’s College to the Drostdy building which it bought from the Br.. more

Rhodes University is a public research university located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is one of four universities in the province, and the oldest as well, having been established in 1904. Rhodes University College was founded by an act of parliament on 31 May 1904 and named after Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes moved from its cramped quarters at St. Andrew’s College to the Drostdy building which it bought from the British Government. In 1918 it became a constituent college of the new University of South Africa, continuing to grow in size. In 1947 it opted to become an independent university, and in 1951 Rhodes University was inaugurated; the University College of Fort Hare was affiliated to Rhodes University, although it came to an abrupt end in 1959 due to apartheid. The university negotiated the purchase of a closed teacher training college in order to facilitate further expansion. The University counts a campus in Makhanda.

Rhodes University is ranked 10th in South Africa on Webometrics’ Ranking. The university holds 14 of the national research chairs appointed under the South African Research Chairs Initiative, counting for 7% of the total awarded nationally in South Africa. Rhodes University. As a research university, Rhodes entertains a number of strategic partnerships with foreign institutes and global networks in order to foster research and overall productivity levels;  in 2019 postgraduate achievements more than doubled at the university, with a total of 77 outstanding postgraduate being honoured at the annual Postgraduate Student Cocktail function, with publications in high impact journals like Electrochimica Acta, Pharmaceutics, Dyes and Pigments, Ecology and Society, Freshwater Biology and Molecules. In contrast, just about 30 postgraduates received this honour the previous year. This is in line with the university’s desire to constantly broaden its research output quality. Total student enrolment is just over 8000 students, with more than 5000 undergraduates and over 2000 postgraduates, with over 1400 international students. It equally counts over 350 academic staff.

Rhodes University offers a number of services that contribute to a suitable academic atmosphere at the University. Apart from hospitality services and infrastructure, which include halls of residence for about half of the entire student population, the University also counts a well-furnished library, complete with online access and course and research support. The university operates a Law Clinic which operates as a firm of attorneys providing training to law students and free legal services for indigent people. The university equally runs three student newspapers, which are published during the National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown. Rhodes also renders infrastructure support services, environmental support services, security services and transport services. In addition, the University has a virtual campus that covers a number of disciplines at the University. It equally offers a virtual tour of the campus.
Notable alumni include Ian Smith (former Prime Minister of Rhodesia), Wilbur Smith (Novelist), Max Theiler (Virologist, Nobel Prize Winner 1951), Sir Basil Schonland (Scientist).

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Faculty of Commerce

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Management
  • Rhodes Business School

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Education
  • Centre for Higher Education.. more

Faculty of Commerce

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Management
  • Rhodes Business School

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Education
  • Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL)
  • Rhodes University Mathematics Education Project(RUMEP)
  • Institute for the Study of Englishes in Africa (ISEA)
  • Centre for Social Development (CSD)

Faculty of Humanities

Departments

  • Anthropology
  • Drama
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Fine Art
  • History
  • Literary Studies in English
  • Music & Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Political and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Schools

  • School of Journalism & Media Studies
  • School of Languages and Literatures
  • African Language Studies
  • Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Modern Fiction

Institutes

  • The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)
  • Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (SPI)
  • Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE)
  • The International Library of African Music (ILAM)

Faculty of Law

  • Rhodes University Law Clinic

Faculty of Pharmacy

  • Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology
  • Primary Health Care
  • Pharmacy Education
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Natural Products
  • Formulation Development
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Literacy, Education and Communication

Faculty of Science

  • The Biological Science Departments
  • Botany
  • Human Kinetics & Ergonomics
  • Ichthyology & Fisheries Science
  • Zoology & Entomology
  • Microbiology
  • The Earth and Environmental Science Departments
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • The Chemical Science Departments
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • The Mathematical and Physical Science Departments
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Physics
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Entry requirements/How to Apply
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 Mathema.. more

Entry requirements/How to Apply
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 the recommended subject list set out below and students 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, Languages, Life Sciences, Mathematics / Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Science, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

The minimum entry requirements for admission to Rhodes University in 2020 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.

Apply online visit:  www.ru.ac.za/admissiongateway

Apply online visit:  https://ross.ru.ac.za

  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.

DEANS DECISIONS
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
This is 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 at Rhodes University.  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 very important to give full information when completing the application form as this is the information that the Dean will use in making a decision.

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 be used by the Dean to make decisions 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 NBT’s. 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 second is a Mathematics Test (Mat), is for applicants who wish to enter the:  Pharmacy, Science or Commerce faculties.

The tests are written throughout the year at various centres.  For further information about the NBT’s, dates and venues, please visit www.nbt.ac.za or 021 650 3523.

International requirements
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 (visit: http://he-enrol.ac.za).  Applicants who have passed A levels are eligible 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/IGCSE qualification:

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

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 I

English

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 recognised subjects for entry to a South African University.

Application procedure
Please read this section carefully. An inaccurate or incomplete application form will hold up the processing of your application. Please note that if you provide any false information your application will be rejected immediately.

PAGE 1

POPULATION GROUP e.g. Indian, Coloured, White
We ask this question because some donors have stipulated that their bursaries may only be awarded to a particular race. The Government also requires this information for statistical purposes.

PLEASE INDICATE ANY PHYSICAL DISABILITY
Examples of a disability would be blindness, cerebral palsy, deafness, paraplegia, partial hearing, wheelchair use. We need this information in order for us to assist you with your needs; it will not jeopardise your application. However, if you do not disclose a disability in your application, you will not be able to claim any concessions in this regard during your registration at Rhodes University (e.g. extra time in examinations, etc.)

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CHOICES OF DEGREE/DIPLOMA
The degrees which may be taken at Rhodes are listed under the Curriculum Selection section.

ENROLMENT AT A PREVIOUS TERTIARY INSTITUTION
If you have previously been or are currently registered at another institution a copy of a full academic transcript giving your final results is required. Midyear results may be considered but the Dean may defer his decision until your final results are available. Please submit a transcript from the institution − not a Result Slip.

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ADDRESS DETAILS
Please complete in detail. We cannot respond to your application if this information is incomplete.

DETAILS OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR FEES
Please ensure that this information is supplied. Do not list a Bursary or Government sponsor. This must be the person who will take care of ensuring that your fees are paid. They are also the person who will liaise with bursary or Government Department to ensure that your fees are paid.

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EXAMINATION RESULTS
If you have already matriculated or completed your O levels / A levels it is essential that you enclose a certified copy of the certificate.

PLEASE ONLY COMPLETE THE SECTION RELEVANT TO YOUR SCHOOLING (only if you are currently at school).
Please do not use Tippex on your results or alter them in any way. Make sure that the Principal of your school completes this section. Also remember that if you do not have the required points for admission, a positive report from the Principal will assist the University in assessing your potential. If you have left school this section need not be completed.

PAGE 5

DO YOU REQUIRE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY? (YES/NO) Answer ‘Yes’ only if you are not able to obtain funding elsewhere (e.g. a student loan at a bank).

PAGE 5

CURRENT YEAR’S ACTIVITY
Choose one of: Grade 12 pupil at school (i.e. upgrading your results), university student, Technikon student, technical college student, technical institute student, teachers’ training college or labour force (i.e. working). If you have been working or travelling, a letter detailing your activities would be of great assistance.

PAGES 6 AND 7
Complete Section Two of the form fully, giving as much detail as possible. The Deans will read this section when assessing your application. It is particularly important if you do not have the required number of points for admission.

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DECLARATION AND AGREEMENT
Make sure that both you this page of the form − if this is not done the form will be returned to you.

CHECKLIST
Do not forget to include the relevant application fee.

  • If you intend to apply for exemptions on the ground of courses completed at a university outside South Africa, the syllabi and course content, certified by that university, must be submitted with your application. If the syllabi are not in English, it is your responsibility to provide a sworn translation.
  • If you have completed courses at another South African university, you may apply for credit for such courses when submitting your application form. (Enclose a letter giving full details of credits you would like considered.) Credits will only be granted on receipt of an official transcript of results provided by the other university.

Closing dates and application fees
All applications should be submitted before the end of September

Application Fee is R100

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Makhanda, formerly known as Grahamstown, is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated northeast of Port Elizabeth and southwest of East London. It is the largest town in the Makana Local Municipality. The town was founded in 1812 as a military outpost by Lt. Colonel John Graham part of the 4th Frontier War that saw the brutal expulsion of some 20000 Xhosa pe.. more

Makhanda, formerly known as Grahamstown, is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated northeast of Port Elizabeth and southwest of East London. It is the largest town in the Makana Local Municipality. The town was founded in 1812 as a military outpost by Lt. Colonel John Graham part of the 4th Frontier War that saw the brutal expulsion of some 20000 Xhosa people from the Zuurveld and the adoption of a scorched earth tactic. The town was the theatre of several accounts launched on the colony by the Xhosa, until 1819 when the leader of the Xhosas was taken captive and drowned while escaping. The town grew considerably during the 1820s. By 1852 it had become the Cape Colony’s largest town after Cape Town. In 1872 the Cape Government Railways began construction of the railway line linking Grahamstown to Port Alfred, and to the developing national railway network inland. The town saw the establishment of Rhodes University College in 1904. Makhada experiences more rain than the rest of the Province, with frosty winters and hot summers.
According to a 2011 census the population of Grahamstown was 67264, with 78.9% described as Black African, 11.3% as Coloured and 8.4% as white. There has been a considerable influx of Black people into the town since 1994. The primary language spoken is Xhosa, with 72.2%, while 13.7% speak Afrikaans and 10.8% speak English, primarily. Makhanda underwent a name change in 2018, prompted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendation that geographic features, including geographical names, be renamed as a symbolic reparation to address an unjust past – in this case after Makhanda who led a failed attack against the British in 1819.

The town is home to many schools and institutes, with Rhodes University being one of the most remarkable aspects of the town. The other is the National Arts Festival, commonly known as Grahamstown Festival).  It is the largest Arts festival in Africa. The town also counts the National Library for the Blind, the National English Literary Museum, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, the International Library of African Music, the Albany Museum, and the Institute for the Study of English in Africa. Makhanda equally counts a number of clock towers. Apart from the National Arts Festival, Makhanda also hosts the SciFest Africa. Makhanda is home to the oldest surviving independent newspaper in South Africa, founded in 1870 and currently operated by the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies.
The town is positioned as an ideal location for students wishing to further their education.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Vis, virtus, veritas (Strength, courage, truth
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA; IAU
Established: 1904
No of Students: 8,200
Vice-Chancellor: Dr. Sizwe Mabizela
Campuses: Makhanda
Ranking: 10th in South Africa (Webometrics Ranking)
Website: https://www.ru.ac.za/
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