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NWU and UFS overwhelmed by student applications

───   ZENANDE MPAME 16:07 Wed, 24 Jan 2024

NWU and UFS overwhelmed by student applications | News Article
Universities are overwhelmed by applications. Picture: Pixabay

“After matric results were announced institutions were flooded with applications.”

Some Central South African universities have been swamped with student applications. Matric results were released on Thursday (18/1).

The North West University received more than 181,000 applications from prospective students and only 11,717 will be accommodated.

“The North West University has reached full capacity for our 2024 intake and we haven’t got any spaces available. So unfortunately no walk-in students will be allowed for late applications,” said NWU spokesperson Louis Jacobs.

The North West University has reached full capacity for the 2024 intake. Picture: nwu.ac.za

News24 reports that the University of the Free State received 40,393 applications for first-year students and the institution stated that only 8,100 students will be placed on their three campuses.

A total of 29,684 students can be accommodated at the Bloemfontein main campus, 2,725 at the South campus, and 6,929 at the Qwaqwa campus.

Unsuccessful students may register on the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) website which gives rejected applicants access to career development resources and, if possible, a chance to apply for spots that are still open at other universities.

Only 8,100 students can be accommodated on the three campuses. Picture: ufs.ac.za

Meanwhile, it appears primary, secondary, and tertiary studies may have a direct influence on longevity. The Guardian reports a new study has found that every year spent in university or school increases life expectancy while not attending has the extreme opposite consequences because not attending school at any point in one's life is as life-threatening as being a heavy drinker and smoker.

It also suggests that life expectancy may rise in the future by several years due to falling school dropout rates and an increase in the number of young people continuing their education.

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