CAO Application Dates

CAO Application Dates

Ready for some good news? Here is a list of confirmed application dates for the 2022 academic year for the majority of South Africa’s universities.

Further details are available on university websites. Details will be updated as these become available.

University of Fort Hare
Telephone 040 602 2011/2589
Application dates: 30 November 2020


Rhodes University
Telephone 046 603 8111
Applications: Online
Application dates: 30th of September 2020

Nelson Mandela University
Telephone 041 504 3364/1111
Applications: Online
Application information here
Early closing date: 03 August 2020
Late closing date: 30 September 2020
Application method: Online

Walter Sisulu UniversityTelephone 047 502 2111
Application opens: 9 June 2020


University of the Free State
Telephone 051 401 9111/058 718 5000
Application information
Application method: online

Central University of Technology
Telephone 051 507 3911/053 836 5960
Application information:

Closing date: 31 October 2020
Application method: Online or by email

University of Johannesburg
Telephone 011 559 4555
Application information


Closing date: 30 September 2020
Application method: Online or by email

University of Pretoria
Telephone number 012 420 4111
Application information:
 Application method: Online

University of the Witwatersrand
Telephone 011 717 1000/1099
Application information:

30 June 2020 – Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV

30 September 2020 – All other University programmes; Residence applications. 
Application method: Online

Vaal University of Technology
Telephone 016 950 9000
Application information unavailable

University of KwaZulu-Natal
Telephone 031 260 1111
Application information: More details

Closing dates for SA citizens:
– Semester 1 2020 (January intake)
– Medicine: 30 June 2020 : No late applications are accepted.
– All other programmes: 30 September 2020
Semester 2 (August intake)
– Apply directly to UKZN.
– Applications close 30 April 2020
– Application fee payable to UKZN R200

Application method: Online and paper-based

Durban University of Technology
Telephone 031 373 2000
Application information:
– Apply online at the Central Applications Office (CAO). (A prospective student who wishes to study at the DUT must apply via the CAO.)
Application deadline: Unconfirmed

University of Zululand
Telephone 035 902 6000
Application information:
– Various deadlines
– You may also apply online by going to

University of Limpopo
Telephone 012 521 4058/015 268 2808
Application information:
Application deadline for undergraduate study: 27 September 2020. Application method online

University of Venda
Telephone 015 962 8000

Closing date: 30 September 2020
Application method online and paper-based

Tshwane University of Technology 

Telephone 015 287 0700/287 0770
Application closing date: 30 September 2020


University of Mpumalanga
Telephone number 013 002 0001
Application method online and paper-based

Tshwane University of Technology 
Telephone 013 745 3502.

Application information: Application method online and paper-based

Sol Plaatje University

Telephone 053 491 0000
Application: 10 June 2020
Use the link,

North West University

Telephone 018 299 4897
Closing date: 30 September 2020
More information
Application method: Online

University of the Western Cape
Telephone 021 959 2911
Application information

Closing date: 30 September 2020
Application method: Online

University of Cape Town
Telephone 021 650 9111
Application information:
Closing date: 31 July 2020
Application method online

University of Stellenbosch
Telephone 021 808 9111
Application information:
Undergraduate closing date 30 June 2020
Application method online

Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Telephone 021 959 6256 or 021 460 3393 (Cape Town)
Application information:
Closing date: 30 September 2020
Application online

University of South Africa
Telephone 0800 00 1870
Application information

Please note that Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET application dates will be added as these become available.

See Also:

About CAO South Africa

CAO South Africa Handbook

CAO Application Dates and Fees

CAO Online Application South Africa

Reapplying to CAO

CAO Application Status

CAO Login South Africa

CAO Office South Africa

CAO South Africa Banking Details

CAO South Africa Contact Details

CAO South Africa Application Forms

Central Applications Office CAO South Africa

CAO Booklet South Africa

CAO South Africa Course Codes

CAO Online Application South Africa

CAO Application Forms PDF Download

CAO South Africa Important Correspondence

CAO International Student

CAO South Africa Offer Rounds

CAO South Africa Accepting an Offer

CAO South Africa The Point-Scoring System for Leaving Certificate Applicants

CAO South Africa Points Calculation for Examinations

CAO South Africa Deferring an Offer

CAO South Africa : Taking up a Deferral

CAO South Africa : Available Places / Space

CAO South Africa : The Leaving Certificate Recheck Process

CAO South Africa : Registration on your Accepted Course

CAO Applications to be made Direct to Higher Education Institutions

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