Stellenbosch University


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History:
Education in Stellenbosch dates as far back as the 16th century, when a school was established in 1685. The Dutch Reformed Church founded a Theological Seminary there in 1859, and in 1887, the school was renamed Victoria College in honor of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. It became Stellenbosch University in 1918, with help from the University Act of 1916, and a 100,000 pound donation from a local benefactor, Jan Marais.

The city and the University in Stellenbosch were deeply affected by Apartheid. Buildings, schools, and land were taken from black residents of the city as a part of the Group Areas Act, creating a nearly 40 year rift between the University and the "colored" residents of the city. In 2007, in an effort to create goodwill between the citizens of Stellenbosch, the University rededicated the school that had been taken back to the community.

SU Today:
Stellenbosch University today is a growing institution with over 29,000 students. They award over 7300 degrees each year, with more than half of those being post-secondary degrees. One third of those degrees were awarded to "Coloured, Black, or Indian" students. The student population is nearly even male to female, with 3,103 faculty staff working on 5 campuses.

Student Life:
Nearly 6000 "Maties" live on Stellenbosch University's campus, with the demand surpassing capacity. The student population is actively engaged on campus, with student organizations, a student-led radio station, and opportunities for community service and leadership development through a variety of on-campus programs.