University application survival kit: prepare for success while saving time and stress


With university application season now in full swing for matrics who want to pursue further studies next year, stress levels in homes across the country are rising as a result of the demanding administrative requirements associated with the process.

Most applications to reputable institutions will require the following:

• A certified copy of your identity document. Ensure that in the scanned copy the document, the picture, certification stamp, and writing are all very clear and easy to read.
• A certified copy of your Grade 11 school results as well as your April or prelim matric results.
• Your NBT number or results or both.
• A certified copy of the fee payer’s identity document as well as proof of banking details and residence.
• A certified testimonial from a school or equivalent if you are applying for residence.
• Application letters, forms, and portfolios for those programs that require them.
• All your contact details – telephone numbers, residential and postal addresses as well as a reliable mobile number and e-mail address (consider using your parent or guardian’s details if you are not good at responding to texts and emails).
• All the contact details of your next of kin, parents, guardians or sponsors – you will need a telephone and residential, postal and e-mail details.

The application process can further be streamlined and made more manageable if learners also ensure that they:

• Use easy-to-remember passwords and login details for online applications and keep records of all of them for each institution.
• Keep a record of reference numbers sent to them.
• Carefully track dates and requirements and keep to them, so that they don’t lose out on a place because they forgot, for instance, to pay the application fee.
• Complete the forms in absolute and correct detail, because mistakes can lead to them losing out on a place if it looks like they were trying to mislead the institution.
• Have all the information close at hand when filling in applications, so that they are not logged out while searching for something.
• Use the correct codes for courses as provided, so that there is no misunderstanding of exactly what is being applied for.

“The higher education application process is a job in itself, and a matriculant’s first taste of the new responsibilities and challenges that will come after their school years.” says.

Statement issued. Compiled by Jeretha Oosthuizen