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University of Free State

University of Free State in Bloemfontein

Student numbers: 40,954 (2021)

Student radio station: KovsieFM

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The University of Free State  is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in  South Africa. It opened its doors in 1904 on the Bloemfontein Campus with a mere six students in the Humanities.

Since then, the institution has grown to more than 40,954 students, spread across seven faculties over three campuses. The No Student Hungry (NSH) campaign has supported and continues to support hundreds of students with meal grants, food parcels, and access to healthy, nutritious vegetables grown in the vegetable tunnels on the Bloemfontein and South Campuses.

UFS’s Naval Hill Planetarium is the first digital planetarium in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to academic and research successes, UFS has had sporting success in the shape of Olympic gold medalist Wade Van Niekerk, Springbok rugby players and Proteas Men cricketers amongst others.

Approximate student numbers: 40,954 as per latest (2021)  Higher Education Data Analyser (HEDA) figures

Student radio station: KovsieFM


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