2021 Registration gets underway

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The first day of registration started in earnest on Monday morning (01 March 2021). Scores of first-time university entering students gathered in various Covid-19 adhering waiting areas on the East London Campus - eagerly awaiting their turn to get registered.

Many of the students had travelled long distances to complete this process which signifies the start of their journey towards obtaining a university qualification.

By mid-morning groups of excited first-years were spotted holding their freshly encoded student cards. First to register were first-years from the Faculty of Education and Bachelor of Social Sciences and Humanities, followed by Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music students in the afternoon.

The registration process is also open to returning students who are pursuing  Masters of PhD degrees.

Dr Rose Masha, Deputy Registrar for Academic Affairs said by lunchtime the university had registered close to 200 students. “Were it not for a minor glitch experienced in the morning, we would have registered a large number of students. After the glitch was sorted, the process was smooth sailing and we were able to register a student within 10 minutes.”

“Another challenge is that two of the main student funders, NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) and Funza Lushaka are yet to send their list of approved students. But we are hopeful that this will be sorted soon.”

According to Dr Masha, the university had received over 40 000 applicants while there is space for 4000 applicants. “The demand was high, unfortunately we could only accommodate 10% of the applicants.”

The university is expected to register 2000 first-years by the end of the week.


ALL continuing students will be registered remotely from  8th - 14th March 2021

• Registration for first years will take place on the following dates:

ο East London campus: from 1st March

ο Bhisho campus: 5th to 6th March, and

ο Alice campus: 8th to 14th March

This information has been uploaded on the UFH website under the 2021 Registration Guide.


• The university is not accepting late applications because the quota of applicants has been reached

• If there are any spaces identified by faculties after registration, the list of rejected students will be revisited.

• If there is still space, faculties, especially those that require Maths and Science as criteria – will move into walk-in space.


• Every year, the university only accepts walk-ins in the Science and Agriculture as well as Management and Commerce Faculties. The number of applicants from the Science and Mathematics stream is usually below the faculties’ quota.

• In 2021 the walk-ins application process is going to be closely monitored in order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions.

• The university will issue a communication as soon as faculties confirm the number of available spaces.

• Walk-in application forms will be downloadable from the university website. Applicants may complete the form and email it to the relevant faculty.

• Once approved, faculties will alert the successful students and invite them to come in and register.