From a humble start in 1904, the UFS became a well-known institution, boasting 164 NRF-accredited researchers and 2 521 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
2018 | 40 491 students enrolled in seven faculties



UFS News
Boyden
New astrophysics infrastructure place UFS in ‘elite bracket’

Auditor-General
Auditor-General addresses Kovsies about accountability

 Accessibility
UFS prioritises and values universal access for all students

Odeion Camerata
Odeion Camerata end the year on a high note

EBW building
BCom Business and Financial Analytics qualification now open at UFS

MICT Seta Journalism grant
MICT SETA gives UFS Journalism students a stepping stone

Genetically diverse
SA animal population genetically more diverse than Europe

Khanyisa and Lefebere
Netball captain rewarded, Chawane gets UK contract

Prof Prakash Naidoo and Pakiso Mthembu
Kovsie sports stars crowned

Matriculant of the Year
2019 Matriculant of the Year hails from Polokwane

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Nomination of representative from the Qwaqwa Campus convocation and alumni to the UFS Council

Old Mutual Agricultural Student of the Year Competition
Two UFS students are winners in Old Mutual Agricultural Student of the Year competition

International conference on Right to Development
UFS hosts International Conference on the Right to Development

Latest News: Prof LenkaBula promotes partnership with German University
Prof LenkaBula promotes partnership with German University

Latest News Marne Mentz Cross-Country
UFS are new student cross-country champions

Kovsies women end fourth in Varsity Football
Kovsie women end fourth in Varsity Football

Diversity festival LN
Festival celebrates growing global footprint at UFS

Arbor
Going green: Kovsies plant 150 trees in 30 days

Smoothie Bike challenge
Kovsies pedal smoothie bike for #MentalHealth

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UFS position statement on xenophobia

Netball
Kovsies netball team building up towards play-offs

Student dialogue
Student dialogue on xenophobia, cultural appropriation, and xenocentrism

Dr Hannah Gibson and Dr Kristina Riedel
Research project examines variation between Sesotho, Setswana in Free State

Louzanne Coetzee
Yet another national record for Louzanne

UFS-UCT workshop
UFS/UCT workshops equip MMed students with research skills

Book cover
How British imperialism shaped South Africa’s education

Lynique Bredenkamp and Yolandi Stander
Two medals for Kovsie athletes at African Games

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Opening of 2020 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications

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Notice regarding the nomination and election of representatives of the Convocation to the UFS Council

3MT competition
UFS 3MT-thesis winners braced for national contest

Student Toolkit
UFS launches its first-ever Student Toolkit

Kovsie Netball
Varsity Netball 2019: Follow 2018’s recipe, says UFS captain

Shoes project
#KovsieCare: UFS student requests tackie donations for poor school kids

Yoga
Yoga Yodas create calm and improve mental fitness at UFS

Entrepreneurship Intervarsity
Two Kovsies in Entrepreneurship Intervarsity finals

Prof Albert Weideman
Lifetime achievement for UFS language guru, Prof Albert Weideman

Research Group
New research forum to serve as interdisciplinary umbrella network

Red Square
Eco-friendly facelift for Red Square

Drone Research
UFS researcher makes MAGIC for the mining industry

Student Safety
Student safety top priority at Kovsies

HR Kovsie Care
#KovsiesCare: HR prioritises mental health in the workplace

Dave Lubbe
Prof Dave Lubbe honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Human Rights KovsiesCare
#KovsiesCare: Human Rights Ambassadors programme creates open dialogue

Ivor Swartz
#KovsiesCare: Former gangster touches lives of Heidedal learners

Latest News Monyetla Winter School
FSDoE praises inclusive education on UFS South Campus

UFS Mens hockey
Solid performances by Kovsies at USSA Championships

Prof McCowan
The role of universities in a post-development world

Dr Ufok Samson-Akpan and Dr Ekaete Benedict.
Education is the thread for PhD graduate’s family

Entrepreneurship
UFS students progress to next stage of Entrepreneurship Intervarsity

Drilling rig
Geology receives funding to explore most valuable mineral provinces on Earth

Braam van Wyk
Kovsie coach to assist Ghana hockey

Universities Consortium Launch
UFS hosts launch of Universities Consortium

KovsieApp
The Future Is Here: Download the KovsieApp

Physics research
Research explores solution for electricity generation

Economics of air
What are the economics of air?

marathons
Tough, but good, says Louzanne about marathons

Judge President Musi
'Courts must embrace 4IR', says Judge President Musi

Epistemic Justice
Epistemic justice is crucial for a sustainable democratic future

Outeniqua residence
Housing and Residence Affairs promotes quality accommodation for students

Absa supports UFS graduates
Absa supports UFS students through to graduation

Open Day
Your future is here; this is the place to be, future Kovsies are told

Lefébre Rademan
More success for netballers in different competition?

Student
Crime dialogue elicits commitment to ensure tighter security

Lynique Beneke
Long jumper Lynique dreams big

Government to enhance PhD production
Government to enhance PhD production

FNB Grant
Students with disabilities thrive with support of FNB grant

Social Justice week
Important discussions during UFS Social Justice Week

Art exibition
National Lotteries Commission funded projects, the pride of UFS

Spontaneous Science ambassador
Spontaneous Science ambassadors bring message home

Andrew Lane
Industry expert Andrew Lane talks future of Mining industry in SA

Dr Faith Mkwananzi
Book gives compelling account of migrants’ education

Vishuis
Vishuis aiming for number seven

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Agreement between UFS management and the ISRC regarding deregistration process

Career Services
UFS Career Services develops employable students

CUADS
Disability support taken up a few notches on Qwaqwa Campus

Ergonomics
Ergonomics – making your space practical and comfortable

Leading women honoured at faculty opening —STORY EUGENE SEEGERS
Leading women honoured at faculty opening

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UPDATE: General NSFAS information

Tsietsi Ngobese
Graduate survives horrific road accident

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