University of the Free State


Bloemfontein is South Africa's judicial capital. University of the Free State, also known as UFS, is a multi-campus public institute capital of the free state. The university was first created as a tertiary section of Grey College in 1904. It had a status of an institution of higher learning. Later in 1950, UFS was declared an independent Afrikaans-language university. This institute has 2 satellite campuses.

The University of the Free State is an entrepreneurial university. UFS sees its responsibility to build knowledge platforms and markets of knowledge for society. The university has been highly focused on partaking in making business future, incubation, and such issues as venture creation and risk management. The university has partnerships with other industry cluster platforms, research platforms, and open-source and creative common platforms.

Bloemfontein Campus of the UFS is near the city centre. Two satellite campuses are located in the QwaQwa and the other in Bloemfontein, South Campus.


UFS has a student population of 37,000. The Office for Student Leadership development at the University of the Free State provides institutionally integrated and formal co-curriculum and research on leadership development. This office designs programs delivered through colleges, student life and communities in partnership with departments and faculties. This office also provides a channel for student pathways to pursue career development and create opportunities to enter leadership positions.

Sports facilities at UFS cater to more than 20 sports, medical facilities and cultural activities ranging from outdoor life to the political arena and the creative arts. The University of the Free State has a student newspaper named IRAWA, a student centre, and a campus radio station “KovsieFM. Moreover, students have access to a library, the Frik Scott medical library, The Sasol Library, a guidance and career centre, a computer centre and a student theatre.

Art and Cultural history of the University of the Free State has experienced several dramatic and exciting changes. The university is aimed to offer each student the student to realize their cultural identity on campus by means of various projects and activities. The artistic portfolio of the UFS has some old favourites like Stagedoor, Serenade competition, and Mosaic Day.


Housing facilities at the University of the Free State become a second home for the students. Life in a university residence is fascinating, and students get rewarding experiences during their stay. The cost of living is the same for both local and international students. UFS doesn’t provide any specific prices to international students.


Following are the global rankings of UFS.

  • By Q.S. World Ranking by subject, the University of the Free State ranks 301-350.
  • According to a ranking by CWUR, the University of the Free State ranks 1163.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of the Free State at 925.


University of the Free State
205 Nelson Mandela Dr, Park West, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa

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