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
Limited space left in UFS undergraduate programmes
Limited space left in UFS undergraduate programmes

Information about the registration process at the UFS.

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New book establishes link between spirituality and music education
New book establishes link between spirituality and music education

Renowned OSM lecturers contribute passion and research to recent publication.

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Returning and current students - Important information regarding 2018 UFS tuition fees
Returning and current students - Important information regarding 2018 UFS tuition fees

Further to the email concerning fees for 2018.

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Louzanne and Marné included in national student cross country team
Louzanne and Marné included in national student cross country team

Two from Kovsies will make up two of the six spots in the women’s team in Switzerland.

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