From a humble start in 1904, the UFS became a well-known institution, boasting 148 NRF-accredited professors and 2 866 staff members. Our students can participate in 22 different sport disciplines and study from 671 182 library books, including 14 000 ebooks. Our ever-expanding facilities and knowledge base present many opportunities for scholars to impact locally and globally.

History Then and Now


1904 | Founded as Grey College School with 6 students
1906 | Renamed as Grey University College with 29 students 
1909 | First men’s residence, House Abraham Fisher, completed
1919 | First women’s residence, President Steyn, completed
1945 | Faculties of Law, Education, and Social Sciences established
1950 | Became the University of the Orange Free State
1954 | Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences established
1958 | Faculty of Agriculture established
1969 | Faculty of Health Sciences established
1980 | Faculty of Theology established
2001 | Renamed as University of the Free State with 30 000+ students 
2003 | Qwaqwa Campus incorporated
2004 | South Campus incorporated
2017 | 37 851 students enrolled in seven faculties



UFS News
UFS supports its international students
UFS supports its international students

We have reached out to our Zimbabwean students on campus, and will assist where necessary.

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Invitation to a meeting of the UFS Convocation
Invitation to a meeting of the UFS Convocation

Meeting of the Convocation to take place on Monday 27 November 2017 in the Albert Wessels Auditorium.

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Tutu-Jonker Prestige Lecture Series tackles reconciliation
Tutu-Jonker Prestige Lecture Series tackles reconciliation

Is religion a catalyst of conflict in society?

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All you need to know about UFS December graduations
All you need to know about UFS December graduations

Visit a dedicated home page about celebrations taking place on Bloemfontein Campus.

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