University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand Ranking

country rank: 2
world rank: 485

University Overview

The University of the Witwatersrand ranking was founded in 1922 and is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in Johannesburg (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Gauteng. The University of the Witwatersrand ranking (WITS) is a large (Topuniversitieslist enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational South African higher education institution that is officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa. The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) offers courses and programs in a variety of fields that lead to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. For further information, see the degree levels and fields of study matrix below from Topuniversitieslist. This 98-year-old South African higher-education institution has a selective admissions policy based on entrance exams and previous academic records and grades. The admission rate for this South African higher education institution is 30-40%, making it a very selective institution. Students from all over the world are welcome to apply for admission. WITS also offers a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aid and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services to students.

University of the Witwatersrand Ranking

University Identity

Name University of the Witwatersrand
Acronym WITS
Founded 1922 Origins date back to 1896
Motto Scientia et Labore Knowledge and Labour
Colours Blue and yellow

University Location

Address Private Bag 3, Wits Johannesburg 2050 Gauteng South Africa
Tel +27 (11) 717 1000
Fax +27 (11) 717 1065

Yearly Tuition Range

Undergraduate Postgraduate
2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro) 2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro) 5,000-7,500 US$ (3,700-5,500 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 30-40%
Admission Office Private Bag 3 Wits 2050 (11) 717 1888

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 35,000-39,999
Academic Staff over-5,000
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification

Facilities and Services

Library Yes
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported


Memberships and Affiliations

Association of African Universities (AAU) Universities South Africa (USA) Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Foundation of Tertiary Institutions of the Northern Metropolis (FOTIM) International Association of Universities (IAU) African Research Universites Alliance (ARUA)

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