(for students who are not registered for a degree in 2022 and who are in grade 12 in 2022)

Online application for undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University opens on 4 April 2022 and closes on 31 July 2022.

The process is as follows:

All prospective BDatSci students should apply via the University's portal for undergraduate study in 2023. You only need to apply for BDatSci under the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS). You do not need to select any focal area yet using this option. If you certain of Computer Science or Applied Mathematics or Statistical Physics as focal area, see below where to apply for any of these specific three focal areas.

Next year, in 2023, after your grade 12 results are known, you will have an opportunity to select the focal area of your choice after attending the compulsory information session about focal areas.

However, if you are already certain about any one of the 3 of the 8 focal areas, namely that of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Statisticsal Physics, you can apply under Faculty of Science portal and select one of the 3 focal areas. This focal area can still be changed in 2023 if you change your mind. Any other focal area or if you are uncertain, apply under Faculty of Economic and Managment Sciences.

So if you are uncertain about focal areas, go to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences portal for applications and select BDatSci as degree. This will be the bottom option under all BCom degrees of the drop-down box. This means that if you wish to register for the focal area Geoinformatics under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or focal area Statistical Genetics in the Faculty of AgriSciences, you apply just for BDatSci in the Faculty of EMS.

Your second and third choices can be any of the other degrees in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences or any other faculty. Rather select other BCom or BSc degree programmes if you do not meet the minimum grade 11 requirements. You can always change back to BDatSci in 2023 after grade 12 results are known and you have met the minimum requirements. In fact, if you meet the minimum requirements for BDatSci after grade 12, you can change your actual study degree to BDatSci regardless if you have already been accepted to another degree.

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

Acceptance letters should be received by end of August, if not, please enquire only after 31 August 2022 from the Registrar of SU.


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 2023 can do so when registration opens in 2023, 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 pjmos@sun.ac.za if you wish to change in 2023 to BDatSci. Grade 12 results as well as current performance on undergraduate level, after obtaning your full results at the end of 2021, 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.