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Stellenbosch University is situated in the heart of the Western Cape winelands where university life is closely linked with the atmosphere of the town. In the area of student life and the non-academic side of being a Matie, Stellenbosch is especially known for its residence life, outstanding sporting achievements and rich social life.

Students at Stellenbosch University are affectionately called “Maties”, and being a Matie has come to mean carrying on one of the oldest academic traditions in South Africa.

As an academic institution, Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. It has one of the country’s highest proportions of post graduate students of which almost ten percent are international students.

The University has ten faculties:

  • AgriSciences
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Science
  • Theology
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Health Sciences (Tygerburg campus)
  • Business School (Bellville campus)
  • Faculty of Military Sciences. (Saldanha)

Fast Facts

1. Founded:

  • The institution was established in 1918.

2. Number of Students:

  • 23 439 in 2007 (33% or 7 741of these were post-graduate students)

3. Student Demographics:

  • The White students in 2007, namely 16 528, constitute 70.5% of all students.
  • Coloured 2003- 2587 and 2007-3445
  • Black 2003- 3296 and 2007-2989
  • Indian 2003-484 and 2007-477

4. Famous Alumni:

  • Danie Craven
  • GT Ferreira
  • Paul Harris
  • Bob Skinstad
  • Elana Meyer (check)
  • Wiese Shoprite

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