Matrics, take note: Most uni­ver­si­ties are al­ready full

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Thou­sands of ma­tric­u­lants may still have a chance to walk in and en­rol at some uni­ver­si­ties, but most of them are al­ready full. In ad­di­tion, uni­ver­si­ties that were af­fected by the #FeesMustFall protests last year and, as a re­sult, had to de­fer their ex­ams, have been forced to de­lay the start of their aca­demic years by a num­ber of weeks.

UCT spokesper­son Azwi Mufamadi said space was avail­able for 4 200 first-year stu­dents.

De­ferred ex­ams are sched­uled to take place be­tween Jan­uary 23 and Fe­bru­ary 10.

“De­ferred ex­ams will not af­fect the in­take of first-year stu­dents. We have met our of­fer targets and will only know the up­take rate af­ter regis­tra­tion in mid-March. “UCT does not ac­cept walk-in ap­pli­ca­tions,” he said. Classes have been sig­nif­i­cantly de­layed and will only be­gin on March 13.

UWC spokesper­son Luthando Ty­hal­i­bongo said there were 4 500 spa­ces avail­able for first-year stu­dents, and no walk-ins would be ac­cepted.

“The univer­sity is work­ing with the list of pro­vi­sion­ally ac­cepted ap­pli­cants. The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line closed in Oc­to­ber and no fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted.”

Af­ter last year’s protests, stu­dents were al­lowed to write ex­am­i­na­tions ei­ther in Novem­ber or Jan­uary. The Novem­ber ex­ams were suc­cess­fully com­pleted and more than 60% of stu­dents wrote. Those writ­ing this year will start on Tues­day. Ty­hal­i­bongo said the de­ferred ex­ams would not af­fect the first-year in­take of stu­dents, al­though this year’s aca­demic sched­ule had been de­layed.

Classes will now be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 27, two weeks later than usual.

TUT spokesper­son Willa de Ruyter said the univer­sity had space for 15 000 first-year stu­dents.

“Al­though many cour­ses are al­ready full, the univer­sity’s on­line ap­pli­ca­tion en­quiry sys­tem of­fers prospec­tive stu­dents an­other op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for the 2017 aca­demic year.

“The sys­tem will open to­mor­row and will be avail­able un­til all cour­ses are full,” she said.

De Ruyter added that ex­ams were post­poned by two weeks at the end of 2016, and the main ex­ams were con­cluded suc­cess­fully by mid-De­cem­ber.

“Re-ex­am­i­na­tions have been sched­uled to com­mence from Jan­uary 9 to 13,” she said, adding that spe­cial ar­range­ments had been made to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents who still had to write, with­out re­turn­ing or first-time stu­dents be­ing af­fected.

Wits Univer­sity spokesper­son Buhle Zuma said 6 200 first-year places were avail­able and that no late ap­pli­ca­tions would be ac­cepted. All ex­ams were writ­ten last year.

Stu­dents are now writ­ing de­ferred and sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams.

Al­though regis­tra­tion starts on Mon­day, the dates dif­fer from fac­ulty to fac­ulty, and stu­dents are ad­vised to visit the univer­sity’s web­site.

Zuma said Wits al­lowed on­line and face-to-face or walkin reg­is­tra­tions. Lec­tures start on Fe­bru­ary 6.

Spokesper­son Veliswa Mhlophe said 1 643 places were avail­able for first-year stu­dents, and that the univer­sity was busy with place­ments.

She said the univer­sity ac­knowl­edged stu­dents’ high stress lev­els dur­ing last year’s #FeesMustFall protests and “a de­ci­sion was taken to al­low all stu­dents, un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate, the op­tion of writ­ing ex­ams ei­ther dur­ing the sched­uled Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber exam pe­riod, or in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary 2017”.

“De­ferred ex­ams will take place from Jan­uary 23 to Fe­bru­ary 10. This means that the first term will start and end a week later than pre­vi­ously planned,” she said. Spokesper­son Zandile Mba­bela said 6 500 spa­ces were avail­able for first-year stu­dents and that de­tails about cour­ses with va­can­cies would be avail­able this week.

“Stu­dents could choose to write their ex­ams ei­ther in Novem­ber/De­cem­ber or be­tween Jan­uary 9 and 24. The bulk of them wrote and com­pleted their ex­ams in the first exam ses­sion, with the rest sched­uled to start writ­ing to­mor­row,” she said, adding that the de­ferred ex­ams would not af­fect the in­take of first-year stu­dents.

UJ spokesper­son Her­man Ester­huizen said the univer­sity planned to ac­cept 10 500 first year stu­dents. How­ever, more than 135 500 prospec­tive stu­dents ap­plied last year.

Ester­huizen said UJ could not con­firm which cour­ses still had va­can­cies, as regis­tra­tion only be­gins later this month.

“How­ever, en­quiries re­lated to late ap­pli­ca­tions for pro­grammes that may have ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity for en­rol­ment can be sub­mit­ted on­line via the late en­quiry link [a mo­bile site] on the UJ web­site from to­mor­row.”

Spokesper­son Yonela Tuk­wayo said 7 500 spa­ces were avail­able for first-year stu­dents.

“We still have spa­ces in our ac­count­ing and sci­ence pro­grammes, al­though these are limited. We do not take walk-ins. We en­cour­age learn­ers to ap­ply through the depart­ment of higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing’s Cen­tral Ap­pli­ca­tion Clear­ing House, which is geared to as­sist all late ap­pli­cants.”

Spokesper­son Lizo Phiti said 5 542 spa­ces were open to first-year stu­dents, but “that num­ber has al­ready been ex­hausted, sub­ject to out­stand­ing matric re­sults”.

Spokesper­son Gcinek­ile Nh­leko said the univer­sity had re­ceived 80 000 ap­pli­ca­tions for 5 000 places.

“Regis­tra­tion takes place from Jan­uary 16 to 20 for first-year stu­dents.

“Only then will we be able to iden­tify spa­ces, be­cause all cour­ses are full.”

Spokesper­son Martin Viljoen said the univer­sity had space for 5 000 first-year stu­dents, and that all their ex­ams were com­pleted last year.

Unisa spokesper­son Martin Ramot­shela said regis­tra­tion was open to prospec­tive stu­dents who ap­plied and were ac­cepted dur­ing the last ap­pli­ca­tion phase, which closed in Novem­ber.

“A sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion phase for stu­dents who should be ac­cepted for regis­tra­tion for the sec­ond se­mes­ter of 2017 will open from April 3 to 28,” he said.

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