Most late applicants may not get in: UJ

2011-01-11 13:07

Many of the prospective students flocking to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) may not get in at all, the institution said today.

Since yesterday, thousands of people descended on the university, trying to secure a last minute spot in the first-year class of 2011.

The UJ’s registrar, Professor Marie Muller, said the flurry of late applications could be attributed to the greater number of National Senior Certificate holders in Gauteng that obtained university admission in last year’s exams, compared to the previous year.

Muller said students were still queuing outside the university today. Most were first-time applicants. Some had applied with their grade 11 results last year, were rejected, but fared better in their matric exams and were trying to get in on the strength of those results.

About two thirds of the late applicants may not be accepted, she said.

Muller said even if these students complied with the minimum requirements for their chosen field, they may not necessarily get in.

“We have limited space,” she said.

Those queuing outside the university’s various campuses were handed application forms. At the Kingsway campus in Auckland Park, 100 late applicants were being allowed onto campus at a time.

The university only had space for 13 000 first years and had already accepted 17 500 new students. Many of these had applied at other universities as well and may not register later this month, opting to go to another facility.

The late applicants would be told whether they would be accepted or not two days after applying.

UJ received 63 400 applications for first year undergraduate studies this year, during the dedicated application period last year.

“The university’s pre-selection is based on grade 11 results and UJ conditionally admitted 17 500 applicants.”
Muller said UJ may enrol 48 000 students this year. This figure included all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The University of the Witwatersrand was not experiencing such high volumes of late applicants.

Head of the Wits enrolment centre Carol Crosley said there were around 200 students queuing at the institution, but many of these had applied last year, were rejected, and were trying their luck again.

While Wits allowed for late applications, the late applicant admission requirements were more stringent, she said.

There was room in the Wits education school and in specialist degree programs such as drama, but the other programs were largely full.

University of SA (Unisa) spokesperson Doreen Gough said between 100 and 200 students had turned up on campus to apply at the last minute, but had been told it was too late. The closing date for applications was October last year.

Spokesperson for the University of Cape Town, Pat Lucas, said the institution was also not facing an influx of late applications.

The University of the Free State also did not face the same problem, said spokesperson Lacea Loader.

Muller said the UJ offered both degrees and diplomas, which could be among the reasons it faced large volumes of late applications.

Johannesburg Metro Police warned motorists today to avoid roads near UJ where thousands of late applicants were causing traffic congestion.

“It’s heavy,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar,

“Metro police have been deployed to Kingsway Road in Auckland Park to monitor the situation and assist with traffic as thousands of students have gone to the university early this morning [Tuesday].”

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