Rector and Vice-​Chancellor Welcome Message

Welcome to 2024 at Stellenbosch University!

The anticipation in the air is palpable as you embark on this exciting chapter of your academic journey!

Congratulations on your dedication and perseverance throughout high school. You’ve conquered your final matric exams, earning a well-deserved place at SU – a remarkable achievement. Remember, the privilege of a university education is now in your hands, and it’s your opportunity to make the most of it.

Right from the start, we invite you to embrace the core values of our University – Excellence, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Equity. Embodying these principles ensures not only academic success but shapes you into a well-rounded individual and an engaged global citizen.

Your SU journey starts with our signature Welcoming Programme, offering you a chance to familiarise yourself with the campus. Should any uncertainties arise, turn to your mentors, student leaders, or staff – they’re here to guide you. We are committed to making your introduction to campus life memorable. Stay updated on the latest developments and schedule at www.sun.ac.za/welcome​.

You now have access to various support services at our Division of Student Affairs. Seasoned professionals are ready to assist in your learning and development, providing guidance at every step. Utilise these services to maximize your time at our University.

Transitioning from school to university may seem daunting, but we have faith in your ability to complete your studies successfully and graduate – that’s why you got accepted! Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Professors and lecturers are dedicated to your success.

Stay confident, maintain focus on your studies, and work hard. Yet don’t forget to enjoy the journey – life at our University has the potential to transform you. Learning extends beyond the classroom, so explore clubs, engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, build connections with diverse peers, and seize the opportunities that SU presents.

Regardless of your chosen field of study, we are committed to preparing you for the world beyond our halls, classrooms, and residences. Challenges will arise, but view them as steppingstones to growth.

In the weeks and months ahead, if you find yourself in need, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Maties, we move forward together, and many friendships forged here endure a lifetime.

Welcome to an incredible year at Stellenbosch University!

Prof Wim de Villiers

​​SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor