Whether you are returning to continue your studies, or have joined us for the first time, you are all welcome. Stellenbosch is an inclusive university that belongs to all. And everyone should feel equally at home.
Our goal is to prepare you to lead and excel in a diverse world, and we have created a learning-and-living environment in which you can have a transformative student experience, but it's up to you to make the most of your opportunities.
You have to work hard right from Day 1. And if the going starts to get tough, don't hesitate to reach out. We offer comprehensive student support, and will do our utmost to help.
Make your studies your priority, but consider joining a sports club or student society as well, and volunteer for social impact, because we want you to become a well-rounded individual who makes a difference.
Please help us to save water and electricity this year, and let's all recycle. We owe it to our planet.
I hope you have a great year. This is the best time of your life – enjoy it!"
Prof Wim de Villiers
Rector and Vice-Chancellor