The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) received a total of 106 270 applications to study at UKZN in 2020. 

The University has 9043 spaces available for first-time applicants in undergraduate academic programmes. As at 15 November 2019, approximately 6100 provisional offers had been made to applicants.  Final firm offers to those applicants who are offered a place to study at UKZN, will be made as soon as the results of the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) are released in early January 2020.

The UKZN website includes a “Check your application status feature”. Use your ID number, CAO number or UKZN student number to check the status of your application.

The University’s call centre will also be open as from Thursday, 2 January 2020 to attend to application queries. The call centre can be contacted on 031 260 2212.

The University will give priority to change of mind applicants.  These are applicants who have previously applied via the CAO and are now requesting the option to change courses / programmes, from 7 January 2020.  Due to the high number of actual applications received (106270), and the limited number of first-entry undergraduate places available (9043), no late applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

Change of Mind applicants can receive assistance at clearing house set-up stations on the Westville, Howard College, Edgewood and Pietermaritzburg campuses.


Self-help/online registration (mainly for returning students without registration holds) can be undertaken as from 7 January 2020, and students can register from home/off campus.  Orientation and on-campus registration for first-time entering students will take place between 27 January and 31 January 2020.  Please visit the University website for further details(  Students with registration holds and requiring curriculum guidance are to register between 27 and 31 January 2020 on campus. 

Parents of first-time entry students are invited to attend Parents’ Day on 25January 2020.   Please see the University website for further details.

Lectures commence on 3 February 2020.

The final date for payment of the minimum fee required for registration and first semester registration is Friday 14 February 2020.


Tuition fee amounts for many of the programmes vary, depending on each student’s combined choice of modules / subjects. A fee increment applies to both tuition (5,4%) and residence (8%) fees for all students.


The most popular courses applied for by prospective students include Bachelor of Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Social Work, Science, and Nursing.  Places in these programmes are highly contested, and admission numbers are generally very limited.  Admission is based on selection.


UKZN cautions students and parents about unauthorised, false and misleading messages from unofficial and unknown sources/communication channels. The messages falsely inform students that they have been accepted to study at UKZN, and have been offered residence.  Under no circumstances would the University send an email to undergraduate students requesting them to click on a link to accept an offer.  Please note further that cash/payment should never be made to an individual promising to secure a place.  All payments are to be made through the approved UKZN payment channels.

Additional Information about First year Orientation, Parents’ Day, venues, fees and payment is available at

Issued by:
Mr Ashton Bodrick
Executive Director: Corporate Relations Division
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)