We’re looking forward with you to this exciting new chapter in your life – studying at the best university in the country! The NWU is just the place to shape you into the person you’re meant to become professionally. Here we prepare you to reap the fruits of your labour for the rest of your life.

We’d love to tell you more about why the NWU’s internationally recognized qualifications are so well-esteemed.

Only established in 2004, the NWU is currently the second-biggest university in South Africa. On top of that, the university received an impressive five out of five stars in the 2018 QS gradation for teaching and employability of students; furthermore several subject groups and study fields from our university have also received international recognition.

In the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s recently placed the NWU’s Geography, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, and Mathematics departments were recently all placed within the top 500 amongst 1 600 universities from 83 countries! The subject division Tourism was placed in the top 200 around the world, and the subject field for Mining and Mineral Engineering is in the global top 100.

The subject divisions Politics and Education is under the top 400, while the NWU’s subject field Atmospheric Sciences fell within the top 300. The NWU is also one of only two South African universities where both Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics came into the global top 500.

Across our three campuses we had more than 65 900 contact- and distance learning students in 2019, of which 65.2% were women.

While you have probably already decided on which campus you would like to attend class, it is still important to know a little bit more of the other campuses in the NWU family.


Our campus in Potchefstroom is the oldest and biggest site of the NWU family, with 44 903 students registered here in 2019. All full-time graduate classes are available in both Afrikaans and English, whether by means of parallel medium classes, or educational interpretation. Potch is home to most of the NWU’s research units and representatives from the National Research Foundation.


Mahikeng, capital of the North-West province, is the site of the second-biggest NWU campus – 13 486 students were registered here in 2019. Its country setting makes this campus ideal for academic programs with a focus on rural development.

Vaal Triangle

Located in a proclaimed nature reserve on the banks of the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark, this campus offers a diverse student population in a unique environment. Several wild animals walk the grounds of this campus, where 7 546 students attended class in 2019. The Vaal Triangle campus is focused on contributing to the skills and knowledge of Gauteng, serving as a catalyst for economic growth.

As we like to say, where the willow trees grow and the thorn tree spreads its shade, there you will grow in knowledge… welcome to the North-West University! We can’t wait to receive you!

*2019 statistics are only provisional