The University of the Free State (UFS) with its Main Campus in Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa and in the heart of the country, is one of the oldest South African institutions of higher learning. Our two other campuses are the vibrant Qwaqwa Campus in the Eastern Free State and the smaller South Campus in Bloemfontein.
With the appointment of Prof. Jonathan Jansen as Vice-Chancellor and Rector on 1 July 2009, we entered a new, dynamic era. He is not only determined to lead the institution to become one of the best universities in the world; but also to distinguish our university from other universities. Prof. Jansen brings with him a new vision for the UFS and for the first time our university is poised to take a leading role in higher education in South Africa.
Our university is a multicultural, parallel-medium (English and Afrikaans) institution with a history intertwined with that of the Free State and South Africa and, to a growing extent, Africa and the rest of the world.
A full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas are offered in seven faculties to more than 33 000 students, of which 28 186 students are studying on the Bloemfontein Campus, 874 on the South Campus and 4 260 on the Qwaqwa Campus. A total of 2 900 staff members are working on all three campuses.
The faculties are:
We are committed to becoming: