Stellenbosch University (SU) opened its doors to prospective students from all parts of South Africa at its annual Open Day on Saturday, 24 February 2018. Grade 11 and 12 learners had the opportunity to learn more about the courses offered at the University.
Stellenbosch was abuzz with young people converging on the Campus to expand their knowledge of the University. Amy Low, Kirsten Regenass and Jani Low were three prospective students who had travelled all the way from Jeffrey's Bay to attend the 2018 SU Open Day. “There was no way we were going to miss out on this! I'm looking forward to going to the Law Faculty and finding out more about what I'll be dealing with in the coming year," said Kirsten.
The Maties Open Day was an ideal opportunity for learners to gain valuable information on the programmes on offer, career choices, bursaries and loans, student fees, accommodation, sporting events, student associations, student life and much more.
Information stalls, talks with faculty staff about the various fields of study and faculty presentations were offered at no cost at all from 09:00 to 16:00.
Eighteen-year-old Micalab Lawrence from PW Botha College in George said, “I'm here to look at the Journalism Department because I heard Stellenbosch University is one of the best places in the Western Cape to offer journalism."
Kayleigh Roux, 16, from Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West, said that she was attending the Open Day because she wanted to look at the psychology courses. “The information stalls were really helpful and they met all my expectations."
Prospective students also had an opportunity to interact with Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers on the day, who read through some of the dream notes left hanging by learners on the SU dream wall just outside the Neelsie.
The Division for Prospective Student Services reported that approximately 10 116 schools were invited and 4980 teachers, in which 33 910 were grade 12 learners. In the report 75% of the learners attending said yes to applying to Stellenbosch University