Nelson Mandela University

country rank  12
world rank  1464

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University Overview

Founded in 2005, Nelson Mandela University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Port Elizabeth (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Eastern Cape. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): George, Southern Cape. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Nelson Mandela University (NMU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), 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 13 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this South African higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym NMU
Founded 2005 merger between University of Port Elizabeth (1964), Port Elizabeth Technikon and Vista University (1981)
Motto For tomorrow
Colours Navy blue, dark red and white

University Location

Address PO Box 77000, NMMU
Port Elizabeth (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
6031 Eastern Cape
South Africa
T +27 (41) 504 1111
F +27 (41) 583 3644
Other locations George, Southern Cape

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student 1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
Int'l student 2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Admission Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Admission Selection Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Admission Rate 50-60%
Admission Office PO Box 77000, NMMU
Port Elizabeth 6031
+27 (41) 504 111

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 2,000-2,499
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
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


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

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Site last updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2018