(for students who are not registered for a degree in 2021 and who are in grade 12 in 2021)

Online application for undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University opens on 1 March 2021 and closes on 30 June 2021.

The process is as follows:

All prospective BDatSci students should apply via the University's portal for undergraduate study in 2022.

Select BDatSci or Bachelor of Data Science from the drop-down menu and follow the instructions.

After the application process has closed, students who meet the minimum admission requirements (based on their grade 11 marks), will receive a letter to say that they have been provisionally accepted for the BDatSci degree, provided their grade 12 results meet the minimum admission requirements.


BDatSci will be phased in from 2021, and no Data Science module in this programme will be offered other than the intended year. Data Science 241 for example will only be offered in 2022 and Data Science modules that follow onto this, will be offered in subsequent years. Students who wish to apply for BDatSci in 2021 can do so when registration opens in 2021, provided they meet the grade 12 admission requirements of the programme and there are available spots in the programme. Students should email Prof PJ Mostert at if you wish to change in 2021 to BDatSci. Grade 12 results as well as current performance on undergraduate level will be considered. A motivation letter should accompany this email explaining why you would like to change your degree to BDatSci. Note that certain existing modules can be taken in advance on recommendation of the Programme Committee of BDatSci. No student will be allowed to change to BDatSci unless prior approval was obtained from the Programme Committee of BDatSci. The faculty administrators/registrars will not allow such registration without prior approval.


Due to not obtaining the necessary accreditation from the Council on Higher Education and SAQA prior to the application deadline of 30 June 2020, we have recommended that students who wish to register for the BDatSci programme in 2021, should apply for either BCom Mathematical Sciences or BCom Actuarial Science. Students now have the opportunity to indicate whether they would like to change to BDatSci.

If you think BDatSci is the programme for you, and you would like to change to this programme, please take the following step:

  • Send an e-mail to Ms Nazli Daniels at to say that you want to change your programme to BDatSci from the beginning of 2021. Please provide your student number and other details, including the programme for which you have been accepted.

The University will start on 15 March 2021. During the registration week for first-years, you will have the opportunity to officially register for BDatSci. However, it is important that you inform Ms Daniels by the end of December 2020 that you wish to register for BDatSci.​