Rhodes University


Located in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, Rhodes University is a public institute. It is one of 4 institutions in the province. Established in 1904, this university is the oldest in the region. It is the 6th oldest South African university in constant operation, being preceded by the University of Witwatersrand (1896),  the University of Cape Town (1829) and the University of South Africa (1873). This institute was founded in 1904 as Rhodes University College through a grant from the Rhodes Trust and is named after Cecil Rhodes. Before becoming an autonomous university in 1951, it was the fundamental college of the University of South Africa in 1918.

With just around 8,000 students, it is a small institute that enjoys the distinction of having one of the country's best graduation and undergraduate pass rates, the best research outputs, and an outstanding postgraduate success rate. At Rhodes University, students can undertake an extensive range of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in Science, Humanities, Pharmacy, Commerce, Education and Law. Students at the university are guaranteed easy access to education resources and close supervision of academic staff.

CHERTL-Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching & Learning encompasses the scholarship for learning and teaching and studies related to the role of Rhodes and its relationship to society and the state. The work of this centre involves developing and training academic staff and top-notch professional educators. It promotes and assures the quality of learning and teaching. CHERTL also functions as Rhodes University's intellectual development focused on Higher education development.


It has a small student population of 8,200, 18 per cent of whom are from outside South Africa, giving it the country's most substantial score in the international student indicator.

Many student organizations and societies at Rhodes University are centred on their unique interests. Some of these societies are art or leisure-oriented, such as the lgwijio Society and Anime Society, and Inkwenkwezi society's interest is oriented towards community engagement.

Sports at Rhodes University offer many sports clubs to choose from, such as basketball, rowing, cricket, climbing, soccer, underwater diving and many more. Excellent recreational and competitive facilities well support the university's wide range of sports activities.


It is a residential campus, a key factor contributing to its tradition of kinship and friendship. Currently, Rhodes University has 14 residential halls. Each hall accommodates 50-120 students in houses grouped around the central dining hall. Most students have single rooms; double rooms are allocated to a few first-year students.


Following are the global rankings of Rhodes University.

  • By Q.S. World Ranking, Rhodes University ranks 801-1000.
  • According to CWUR Ranking, Rhodes University ranks 1313.


Rhodes University
Drosty Rd, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139, South Africa

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