The University of the Free State (UFS) has welcomed approximately 7 000 new first-year students who have enrolled at the institution for the 2020 academic year. This was done at an event held at the institution’s Bloemfontein Campus on Saturday (18/01).Prof. Francis Petersen, rector and vice-chancellor of the UFS, delivered the welcome speech. He addressed the successful applicants and their parents. The university, which can accommodate 7 982 first-year students, announced it had received approximately 71 000 applications from first-year students for the 2020 academic year.