Questions about the selection and acceptance process

What should I do once I have received my final matric results?

The NWU automatically receives the NSC results from the Department of Basic Education (DBE). If you wrote the NSC exam, please do NOT send us your matric results. However, if you have written an examination other than the NSC, you must send your results to at the application office.


What should I do if I meet the program requirements?

If you meet all the minimum requirements, you will be accepted immediately and receive an SMS confirming your acceptance.

If you have not received an SMS please contact the Engineering Faculty at to determine if your contact number on the system is correct and/or any documentation is outstanding.

If you do not meet all the minimum requirements, your application will be considered by the selection committee. We will inform you via SMS about the outcome of your application as soon as the selection outcome is available.


What should I do if I no longer meet the program requirements?

If you no longer meet the minimum requirements, your application will need to be reconsidered. The selection meeting will be scheduled a day after the NSC results are published, and you will receive the final selection decision via SMS as soon as possible. You must therefore wait for the result of the selection decision before you can take the next step. If your marks are good enough to take the engineering test, you will be invited to write this test online (given that you have not written it before).

You can click here to look at alternative ways to qualify for engineering.


What should I do if, after re-evaluation of my application, I am not accepted for engineering?

There are several options:

  • You can request to be considered for your second choice in another field of study (within another faculty). However, the faculty concerned will first complete their selection process and, if space is still available, consider the second-choice applicants. You will be notified as soon as possible, but this may mean that you will have to wait a while for the outcome.
  • You can decide to repeat certain matric subjects and apply with better marks next year. This can be done at an outside agency or you can consider the Xcel program. The Xcel Bridge Programme has been compiled to prepare you for engineering studies. These include the following:
    • Mathematics and Physical Science (rewrite NSC examination in November)
    • Short courses in programming and CAD
    • University subject (ALDE - Academic Literacy Development)


​​Can I be considered for a second study choice if I have not indicated this on my application?

If you haven't communicated your second choice to the NWU, it will not be considered. In exceptional circumstances, you can request the application office to include a second choice by reaching out to


Can I change my application to another engineering program?

Yes, you can change it before registration, provided you are accepted for engineering. All engineering programs have the same minimum requirements. Therefore, if you have not been accepted for engineering, you will not be considered for another engineering program.


Will I automatically be considered for BSc. even though I did not indicate it as a second choice?

No, you must apply for an appropriate BSc. program. Please contact at the application office to arrange for you to be considered. This will only happen if space is available.

For more information on how to qualify for engineering through post-school studies, click here.

Look under the section, "What happens if I do not meet the minimum requirements?" and then head to "Post-school studies."


What if I have a matric subject re-marked? Will it help?

While it may be beneficial for next year's admission, the timeline is such that it will only be accessible after the completion of the registration process for 2024. Although it could potentially influence bursary applications in 2024 and beyond, regrettably, it will not be on time for the registration in 2024.


Questions about registration and bursaries


When do first-years register?

First-years can register online from 22 January 2024 until 9 February 2024.

For more information regarding the registration process, click here.


Should I still pay the registration fee if I have been awarded a bursary?

You can send your bursary letter to, and arrangements will be made for you to register without any upfront payment.


How can I apply for a scholarship to study engineering?

Please contact


What is the due date for the initial payment, and what is the amount?

Upon receiving acceptance into the engineering program, it is imperative to make the first payment promptly to proceed with the registration process. For accommodation costs and fees, please contact our office for revised information.


What happens if I am successful in terms of my NSFAS application?

The application window for NSFAS will be open from September 28th, 2023, until January 31st, 2024. According to NSFAS procedures, applicants will receive an SMS notification within days of submitting their application, conveying the outcome of their application—whether successful or not. Successful NSFAS applicants will be included in a registration list, absolving them from the obligation to pay the registration fee.


Can I get an academic merit bursary?
The information regarding bursaries is available here.

Academic merit bursaries for full-time first-year students will be deposited directly into your student account in 2024 without requiring a separate application (subject to terms and conditions). The calculation considers the average of your six subjects (excluding Life Orientation). The discount on tuition fees are explained below:

  • An average of 85 - 100% qualifies for a 100% discount on tuition fees.
  • An average of 80 - 84% qualifies for a 75% discount on tuition fees.
  • An average of 75 - 79% qualifies for a 25% discount on tuition fees.


If I applied for NSFAS and still do not know if I was successful, what can I do?

NSFAS will notify the university if your application was successful. You will not pay any registration fees. For any inquiries contact  or 0860 067 327.


Questions about the Compulsory Mathematics Refresher Course (MRC) 2024


How do I go about registering for the Compulsory Mathematics Refresher Course (MRC) in 2024?

Complete information regarding the MRC can be obtained by clicking here. It is advisable to first register for your engineering studies before registering for the MRC. 


How long does it take to complete the MRC?

It should take you about 50 hours to complete the MRC. Note that the assessment at the end of the MRC will count towards your MTHS 111 module.

Any general tips regarding the completion of the MRC?

  • Ensure to have a complete understanding of one concept before moving on to the next.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions - starting to ask questions from the beginning will significantly enhance the manageability of your degree.
  • Put in consistent effort to complete your homework and avoid falling behind.
  • Utilize external resources like YouTube to gain clarity on challenging mathematical concepts.


Questions about coming to campus and classes


May first-year students park their vehicles on campus?

Due to limited on-campus parking, not all first-year vehicles can be accommodated on campus. This is only allowed in exceptional cases (for example where the relevant first-year student lives in a campus residence).


Will we have time to participate in sports activities?

Engaging in engineering encompasses a comprehensive program, yet engineering students often partake in extracurricular activities, such as sports, cultural pursuits, and leadership roles. The extent of involvement depends on your individual capacity and effective time management skills.


What personal protective equipment (PPE) should I bring to campus for practicals?

The PPEP 171 module is a practical module where students must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation of South Africa. The legislation requires students to bring the following PPE when registering for their studies in 2024.

Mechanical, Electromechanical, and Industrial Engineering

  • Safety shoes (steel points)
  • One- or two-piece overalls (denim without holes will also be accepted)
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves will be provided (you are welcome to bring your own)

Computer-Electronic, Mechatronic, Electrical-Electronic, and Chemical Engineering

  • Closed shoes
  • Decent trousers
  • Safety goggles

Questions about laptops and Wifi

The minimum equipment requirements for engineering studies can be found here.

I bought an Apple laptop. Will I be able to use it during my studies?

The majority of the software is compatible with both Windows and macOS. In instances where it's not, you might consider downloading Windows using Virtual Box or Parallels Desktop on a Mac. While it's feasible, there may be occasional challenges in the process.


Can I only use a desktop computer, or should I specifically use a laptop?

Opting for a laptop is more practical, especially since you'll need to bring it to classes and laboratory practicals. Relying solely on a desktop computer won't meet these mobility requirements. Therefore, a laptop is the clear choice, although a combination of both a powerful desktop setup and a laptop might offer some minor advantages.


Which CPU will be sufficient for my studies?

When choosing a laptop for engineering studies, two prominent CPU brands are Intel and AMD. It is recommended to opt for at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor with a clock speed of 3GHz for optimal performance in engineering applications. Additionally, if the laptop features a dedicated graphics card, it can significantly enhance performance, particularly for tasks involving 3D modeling or simulations. An i7 or i9 Intel processor or the AMD equivalent will ensure a smooth computing experience throughout your academic journey.


Are there other options than brand-new laptops?

Consider the alternative of a refurbished laptop, often referred to as a "refurb." Some companies have fixed contracts with computer providers to replace all their computers after a specific period, regardless of the hardware's condition. Consequently, one can often purchase these second-hand, refurbished laptops at a significantly reduced price. The crucial components of these pre-owned laptops are replaced, making them practically as good as new. This presents an ideal option for individuals with budget constraints or those seeking a more high-end laptop at a more affordable price.


Where can I enquire with regard to laptop costs?

There are a couple of providers in Potchefstroom that are also used by the NWU, but it is your choice to purchase your laptop from your preferred provider. It is prudent to obtain a couple of quotations to compare the various options. Providers in Potchefstroom include:


Which software should be purchased?

Your laptop will be issued with Windows. That is all that is required at this point. Please do not buy software like Microsoft Office, as you will receive a free version as an NWU student in 2024. Upon registration in 2024, you will have access to various software that will be loaded onto your laptop on campus.


How does internet/WiFi work on campus?

As an NWU student, you enjoy complimentary access to the NWU internet, encompassing WiFi coverage across most areas of the campus. In addition to WiFi availability in campus residences, there are also designated LAN connection points within the residences for your convenience.