Rhodes University

country rank  9
world rank  1429

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University Overview

Established in 1904, Rhodes University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the rural setting of the large town of Grahamstown (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Eastern Cape. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, Rhodes University (RU) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 7,000-7,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Rhodes University (RU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 114 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym RU
Founded 1904
Motto Vis, virtus, veritas
Strength, courage, truth
Colours Purple and white

University Location

Address 94 Drostdy Road
Grahamstown (population range: 50,000-249,999)
6140 Eastern Cape
South Africa
T +27 (46) 603 8111
F +27 (46) 622 8444

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student Not reported Not reported
Int'l student Not reported Not reported

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office


Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 7,000-7,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 1,000-1,499
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Rural
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to Rhodes University's Library
Housing Not reported
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Not reported
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition

Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Year of first Accreditation


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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Site last updated: Sunday, 21 April 2019