Unisa is known as a provider of fair and equitable access to higher education opportunities. Flowing from its social responsibility to address past inequalities, Unisa has developed a new application and selection process that will more effectively address historical imbalances without sacrificing quality standards.
This process will promote focused attention towards improved student support and the alignment of our new student intake with the available academic capacity and required infrastructure to maximise all students’ chances of success.
What will the new selection process entail?
At the heart of the selection process is the calculation of an individual’s points score, which takes into account not only the final Grade 12 marks achieved, but other key factors such as school attended, gender, socioeconomic group, race etc.
This automated online system will allow students to conduct a self-assessment and calculate their individual points score. Students will be able to assess whether they meet the statutory and college specific admission requirements for their chosen qualifications.
Once the requirements have been met, students may apply for enrolment. This, however, is no guarantee that a space for registration will be offered upon receiving an application for study (see the application process below).
Another change is that students will be accommodated on the basis of the number of places available for each qualification.
Students will no longer be automatically accepted if they meet the general academic admission requirements for a qualification, as was the case previously.
How will the applications process change?
The second application period is for selected undergraduate qualifications with semester modules.
Your application may now indicate three qualifications ranked in order of preference (although you can pursue only one should more than one of your qualifications be successful). Unisa will inform you whether your application is successful and for which qualification you have been selected.
Students that have been accepted for registration must confirm acceptance of Unisa’s admission offer with 10 working days. Failure to accept the offer within 10 working days from the date the offer is made will result in the space being offered to another student. Should you not register for the 2016 academic year, you will be required to re-apply in 2016 for the 2017 academic year.
Applications for semester 2 of the 2016 academic year will be open between 9 – 20 May 2016.
Who will be affected?
The aforementioned changes apply to all undergraduate applications, in other words, first-time applicants and current students applying for undergraduate qualifications other than the ones they are currently registered for.
Please note: If you applied for semester 1 and did not receive an offer, you must re-apply for semester 2 of the 2016 academic year.
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