Eastern Cape universities can admit only a fifth of applicants

Nearly 100 000 applications for firstyear studies have been made to Eastern Cape universities, but only a fifth of those who applied will be starting lectures today due to space restrictions.

While 93 837 applications were received by the province’s universities, only 17 295 first-year students could be accommodated.

Social work, law, BCom accounting and medicine are among the most popular courses, with only a fraction of applicants accepted in the desired fields.

The applications came from more than 31 000 Eastern Cape matriculants who qualified for tertiary studies, as well as some of the more than 300 000 qualifying individuals countrywide. Out of more than 25 000 applications to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for this year, nearly 6 000 gained entry, while Rhodes University accepted 1 800 of its 8 500 applicants.

At Walter Sisulu University, out of 29 900 applications, 6 841 first-year students were given the nod. Fort Hare University received more than 30 000 applications, but has space for about 2 800 first-year students.

-Zandile Mbabela

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