North West University NWU Online Application


The North-West University (NWU) is a South African university with three campuses at Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

North-West University was established in 2004 through the merger of two universities with very different histories, personalities and cultures:

  • The Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
  • The University of the North-West.

If you’re interested in studying at NWU, here’s a simple guide on how to apply.

Closing dates:

  • Non-selection courses: 30 September
  • Selection courses: 30 June

If you’re a successful applicant you should learn more about eFundi.

Also read: NWU Undergraduate Prospectus

How to apply online

Logging in step-by-step

Step 1: Getting a student number (start at step 2 if you already have one)

  • Go to the online application platform
  • Click on New application
  • Click on Create new student number and complete all the fields
  • Note that the allocation of a student number does not mean that you have completed the application process.
  • Go through all the steps below to ensure that your application is complete and that it reaches the school. Incomplete applications will not be processed by the University.

Step 2: Log in

When you receive a student number, use that together with the PIN number you created to log in.

Step 3: What do you want to study?

Complete all the fields. Use the yearbooks to obtain more information about the qualifications, modes of delivery and curricula.

Step 4: Upload supporting documents

In order to consider your application, please upload the following supporting documents:

  • Available grade 12 marks (or gr 11 if the gr 12 marks are not available yet), or a copy of your matric certificate – if you have already passed matric.
  • Copy of your ID.

Additional documents for international prospective students:

  1. A copy of relevant results.
  2. A copy of your passport.

Step 5: Submit application

Make sure you press the Submit application button when you have finished ensuring that we receive your application.

Check out : NWU application status: How to check on your North West University application

Change of application details

Prospective applicants (only those who have already submitted their applications) can amend/change their personal details, or request a change of qualification or campus by submitting a request to

Be sure to include your student number and contact details in the e-mail. Here is a link for the change of application details.

How to check nwu application status

Now that you’ve successfully applied and waiting to find out whether you’ve been accepted or not, you’ll need to track your application status.

Here is a simple way;

  1. To check NWU application status, click
  2. Enter your Student Number and PIN, then click the Login button.

Contact details for help/information

  • 018 299 4383/4130/4263/2445
  • 018 285 2227/2332