Best NWU Online Application Procedure To Follow

NWU online application is available now. Prospective students must follow the right procedure to apply and here is the best application guide.

If you landed on this page, then you might probably be interested in applying to North-West University. No matter the type of information you seek, I am very glad to assist.

The North-West University is one of the best universities in South Africa and the world at large.

Each academic year, the university receives tens of thousands of applications from prospective students. But some of these applicants don’t get placements because the University has limits on available spaces.

Since the number of applicants is always high, it is important for prospects to submit their applications early.

Below is a table of content to help you get an overview of the topics I treated on this page. You can also click on any of the headings to jump to that particular article.

The North-West University

The North-West University simply: NWU is a public research tertiary institution in the heart of Potchefstroom, South Africa. NWU didn’t exist until 2004 when Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of Bophuthatswana merged.

The University became the third-largest University in South Africa by student population after the merger. The many students are spread all over the University’s three campuses namely; Mahikeng Campus, Potchefstroom Campus, and Vanderbijlpark Campus.

NWU offers a variety of programmes and also has enough facilities to make the studying process easier for all applicants. There is the NWU library to help students with their research and the NWU eFundi, the LMS for the University.

If you wish to apply to study at North-West University, then simply follow through with the application process below.

NWU online application

This particular topic talks about the NWU application to study. There are sub-headings to make you know exactly what you are reading about. Since the common application method is the online application, I will be giving you more information on the NWU online application processes and requirements.
First of all, let us quickly take a look at the application opening and closing dates.

NWU online application opening and closing dates

The NWU general application opens in April each year. The closing dates of the applications vary. This is because there are different types of programmes and each programme has its own NWU application closing date.

It is very important that prospective students apply to the university as early as possible. There are many factors that might affect the application closing dates which is why you must apply early.

Sometimes if the available space fills quicker than expected, the university will close applications due to the lack of space. However, if there are still spaces after the closing dates, the university might consider a late application. To avoid all the ups and downs, simply apply on time.

Check the application page to see the individual closing dates for each type of NWU online application.

NWU Online Application Requirements

The best way to get yourself ahead of knowing the significant requirements is by checking the NWU Prospectus. There are major academic requirements in the prospectus so you must check it out.

If time is still not by your side to check the prospectus, don’t worry. I will still list some of the requirements here for you.

  • The academic requirements evolve around a good APS score. A maximum of six subjects are used to determine the APS score. Life Orientation is not taken into account in calculating your APS score. At least your APS score should fall between 22 and 25.
  • While an APS score is key to getting admission, not all the Faculties demand a higher APS score so check for all faculties with this link. Check especially the faculty you are applying to study at.
  • Grade 12 or recent higher educational certification.

Academically, these are the things a prospective student must have in order to apply to NWU. Also, note that having good academic results does not guarantee admission.

  • Apart from the academic requirements, you are also required to provide an identity document. Make sure you prepare all the required documents in softcopies before you start the entire application process.

NWU Online Application Fees

One of the requirements for NWU applicants is an application fee. One intriguing thing about North-West University is the fact that South African citizens don’t pay application fees.

Whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you don’t have to pay anything as long as you are a South African.

Yes, you heard me right. There is no application fee for South African citizens. But there is one for international applicants.

  • International applicants must pay R550
  • B-Status Applicants will also pay R600
  • Special Admission Examination also requires a fee of R440.

Note that all application fees and other fees must be paid to the North-West University account via electronic bank transfer or direct deposit.

South African prospective students must quote “A” together with their RSA ID number as a reference when making payments. However, international students must quote “A” with their date of birth and surname as reference.

All the payment information including the bank account numbers can be found on the NWU fees page.

If you have any queries regarding the payment of the fees, you can always send an email to [email protected]

How To Apply

There are a few things you must put in place in order to file your NWU online application successfully.

Get an active email address and phone number ready because that is where NWU will communicate with you. You will also have to get a device with an active internet connection which is what you will file your NWU online application with.

Make sure you prepare a softcopy of all the required documents as well before you start the main process.

The application process is a very simple one compared to other universities.

  • Click on which type of applicant you are to open the NWU online application menu. For instance, click on undergraduate if you are completely new.
  • Click on “Apply Online” from the drop menu
  • Click “Ok” on the confirmation page.

Undertaking form

On the same page, click on the “Download the undertaking form” link and this will download a PDF form. It is a form you must fill out even before you start your application. The form fields are active so you don’t have to print them before you fill them.

  • Click on “Application Login” from the left Pane
  • If you are completely new, then click on “Create New University Number” else, use your University Number and Pin to log in.
  • If you click on that, you should get the first form for your University Number. Fill it out accurately and submit it. Also note that in this form, you will create a Pincode. This will be a Pin you will need when checking your application status later.
  • After creating your University Number, you should receive your Student Number via your cell phone and address.
  • Now on the Application screen, fill out all the correct information about you. Fill accurately all the fields. Always use the “Next” button to get to the next page.

On the “Electronic Documents” upload page, make sure you upload all the required documents.

If you finish, review all your information and submit your application. It should take approximately two weeks to get feedback on your application.

Check NWU Online Application Status

After submitting your NWU Online Application, the next way to know if you will get admission is through the application status.

Normally, two to three weeks after the submission of your NWU online application, the University will send you a notification of your application through SMS. The SMS will indicate the decision on your application.

If you want to check the NWU application status yourself without relying on SMS, you can also go to the NWU application login page.

Log in using your Pincode and the University number you generated during the NWU online application process. You should be able to check the application status this way.

If for some reason, you couldn’t meet the academic application requirements, there is still hope for you.

There is an NWU UnivPrep programme that will assist prospective students to get preparing for formal qualifications. This is a distance education course and all prospective students can apply through the online portal.

Contact The North-West University

You must contact NWU for all information on the NWU online application and payment procedures. If you have any queries on both applications and payments you should contact NWU through the following mediums.


[email protected]
[email protected].

 Phone Number: 018 285 4320

You can also reach out by filling out an inquiry form on the inquiry page. Use this method if you want information on requirements and other prospectus-related matters.

NWU Accommodation Application

One of the major things most applicants look out for is the availability of accommodation. North-West University has many different types of accommodation for students. The rates are also very affordable so anyone can afford them.

I will be giving you a simple guide on how to apply for accommodation at North-West University.

There is the availability of accommodation on all three campuses for both men and women. There are also private accommodations available for anyone who needs them.

During the application process, you have three residence choices and if non of the three goes through, you will be put on a waiting list until there is the availability of your choice.

To apply, simply visit the NWU residence website and click on the campus where you want to apply to expand. Simply click on “Apply Here” and fill out the form to apply. That is it.

NWU Online Application FAQs

I try to answer most questions with my article. Here are a few questions that I assume you might be having in your mind right now. Even if you have different questions, simply put them in the comment box and I will reply to them as early as possible.

Are NWU applications open?

NWU online application opens between April and October. There are different types of applications and when each of them closes so you have to check and know exactly when the particular application you want to file closes.
Many factors affect the opening and closing of the applications so make sure you check the correct date.

Does NWU offer accommodation?

Yes!. NWU offers accommodation to all students who need them. The NWU accommodation application is also very easy and simple. I have outlined the process above so kindly check and follow through to apply for accommodation.


In summary, I will say all prospective students must pay attention to the application requirements before filing applications. While there are no application fees for South African applicants, international applicants must pay attention to fees and payment methods.

You must also make sure you are honest with the information you provide on the application form. Enter all the information as it is on your previous academic results.

If you have any issues, always contact the North-West University help desk through the contact details above.

Is there anything you have in mind that I didn’t touch on in this article? Don’t worry. Just leave a comment and I will reply as early as I can.

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