Applications for admission to Eastern Cape universities have soared for this year‘s intake, with two universities already at capacity.
Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, said it had closed applications in October after reaching capacity, while Fort Hare University, in Alice, said it could only admit 2200 first- year students, placing others on a waiting list.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University spokesman Roslyn Baatjies said applications and admissions had soared, with nearly 5000 more applications received by January 11 compared with a year ago.
The number of prospective first-year students who had been accepted to study at the university this year was also up, she said.
“In January 2010, 19297 applications were received from prospective first-year students, of whom 4960 were accepted,” Baatjies said.
“This year, 25457 applications were received from prospective first-years, of whom 5632 have been admitted for studies so far.Click here for more on this story in our e-Edition on Wednesday.