Admission and selection requirements

​Please familiarise yourself with the Stellenbosch University Admissions Policy and our Terms and Conditions for new applications.

What are the minimum academic requirements for an NSC (National Senior Certificate) Pass?​

In order to obtain a NSC pass in your Gr12 year, you must have a minimum of 7 subjects. Of these 7 subjects, you are required to have:

  • Two (2) South African languages;
  • Mathematics or Mathem​atics Literacy (1);
  • Three (3) 20-credit subjects and;
  • Life Orientation (1).

Furthermore, you have to pass with at least:​

  • 40% minimum for your Home Language;
  • 40% for two other subjects and;
  • 30% for two other subjects one of which must be an official language at First Additional or Home Language level and;
  • ​20% in the final subject​

*Life Orientation will not be considered as part of your average.

What are the minimum academic requirements for a Bachelor's degree?

  • 30% for a South African Language of Learning and Teaching (English or Afrikaans), and
  • an achievement rating of 4 (50% - 59%) in four 20-credit subjects.

How do we calculate your National Senior Certificate average?

We use the highest score in Language of Learning and Teaching (Eng or Afr) + (5 x best results in 20-credit subjects excluding Life Orientation, Advanced Mathematics, Mathematics 3 and any other non NSC subject s). The total is then divided by 6.

How do we assess international qualifications?

  • We use the final school results from International Curriculum (Cambridge International, International Baccalaureate, etc.), including School of Tomorrow. 
  • Click here for the minimum requirements for international curricula. (Cambridge A-levels, AS-levels, GCSE/IGCSE/O-levels; IB Diploma; American School and Abitur
  • Also, meet further requirements specific to the programme(s) of your choice as set out in the programme outlines under the various Faculties.

​What are the basic admission requirements to study at Stellenbosch University?

Faculty Selection Guidelines​​

Large numbers of prospective students apply for our programmes. Unfortunately, we can accept only a limited number of students. Even though you may meet the admission requirements of a programme, you are not guaranteed admission to the programme of your choice. 

Economic and Management Sciences
Education (Foundation Phase)
Education (Intermediate Phase)
Medicine and Health Sciences
Speech-Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy

For further enquiries:
Tel.: 021 808 9111
E-mail: info@sun.ac.za