University of Cape Town


  • Began as the South African College in 1829 as a high school for boys
  • In 1887, the university began to accept women
  • Formally established as a university in 1918
  • Admitted a small number of Black students in the 1920's, but this percentage remained very low until the university committed itself to deliberate integration in the 1980's and 1990's
  • UCT was nicknamed "Moscow on the Hill" during the period 1960 to 1990 for its sustained opposition to apartheid, particularly in higher education
  • Today, UCT is committed to representative and diverse demographics of students and staff
  • South Africa's oldest university
  • Located at the foot of Table Mountain's Devil's Peak
  • Student and staff come from over 100 countries
  • The university has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science and
    the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED)
  • Is a worldwide leader in research and teaching
  • In 2014, there were 17,183 undergraduate and 9,139 postgraduate students, approx 50/50 male and female
  • Employs over 5000 staff members
  • The language of instruction is English
  • The University of Cape Town is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings
  • UCT's MBA program was globally ranked at 54 in 2012 by the Financial Times, and was ranked first in the "value for money" category
  • Five of the university's graduates have become Nobel Laureates
Student Life
  • Staffed by clinical and counseling psychologists, the Counseling Center offers individual and group support to students
  • The world-class Baxter Theatre Center showcases drama, comedy, dance, and music
  • UCT has 36 different sport teams including extreme sports and martial arts
  • There are over 80 student societies including political, economic, religious, and academic

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