Cape Town – The 2019 academic year is set to begin in a few weeks time when universities across the country welcome thousands of new and returning students to their campuses. It is a period of joy and excitement for those with a secured place of study at a higher learning institution but it can also be a frustrating experience for those who did not apply in time or were rejected by an institution of their choice.
For those looking to submit late applications also known as ‘walk-ins’, we have enquired with all four of the Western Cape’s universities on whether they will be accepting walk-ins and this is what they had to say:
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said that the university will start the walk-in process from January 23 but only in programs that still have space to accommodate new deserving applicants.
“Until then we are first allocating spaces to students who applied on time and have been accepted, provisionally accepted or waitlisted. Once those students have indicated whether they are accepting their space we will open for walk-ins,” said Kansley.
Kansley added that walk-in spaces are generally more likely to be open in the Engineering or Applied Science faculties and encouraged learners with good Physical Sciences and Mathematics marks interested in these streams to to watch the CPUT website for a list of courses with space.
Kansely encouraged applicants to apply via the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Central Application Clearing House (CACH ) system to avoid standing in queues.
University of the Western Cape
UWC has encouraged late applicants to use the DHET’s CACH system.
“We would assist them by allowing them to apply using our computer lab,” said UWC’s spokesperson Gasant Abarder.
University of Stellenbosch
According to Martin Viljoen, Stellenbosch University (SU) spokesperson, the institution closed off its application process at the end of June 2018 and successful applicants for the year 2019 were then informed about their application status.
“As all available first-year seats have been allocated, SU unfortunately cannot consider walk-in applications,” said Viljoen.
University of Cape Town
UCT spokesperson Aamirah Sonday said that although the university’s date for applications closed on 30 September, they were still willing to assist walk-ins and processes are currently being put in place to enable this.
“The university’s processes during registration will allow for walk-in applicants to speak to an admissions counsellor and if eligible they will be assisted to register on the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) system or at UCT provided there is still space in the programme they are interested in.”
“The university received 62 740 undergraduate applications to study in 2019 from approximately 32 000 applicants and can enrol only 4200 first-year students. Due to capacity issues, the unfortunate reality is that there would be some applicants (traditional or walk-ins) who will not be accepted because of limited capacity,” said Sonday.
UCT registration and orientation of first-year students takes place from 21 January to 8 February 2019.