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Welcome to the North-West University! Student life will probably be a very different experience from that which you are used to. You will need to accept new responsibilities and develop much greater self-reliance. This may be challenging. I do though have good news for you. You are now part of a larger NWU community. Whether you reside in a university residence, a flat or other private accommodation, you are just as much a part of the NWU as any other student. This is your new home. Our academics and support staff are all here to provide a caring and supportive environment for you. Please make use of the services we offer. Come and discuss any challenges with us. We are really here to assist you. Engage with fellow-students and be part of student life in all its many facets. Never think that this is only meant for others. You have made it to here; now grab every good opportunity university life offers. Of course I have to remind you that in final analysis your academic success takes priority. We want you to succeed, but you have to take co-responsibility for this. Stay focused and try not to be overwhelmed. Attend classes faithfully. Tackle each assignment or project without delay, but pace yourself. This is a marathon, not a 100-meters sprint. Keep running. Remember, it all starts here – but only if you participate,” Prof Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor.



The North-West University’s annual Registration and Orientation Programme for first-year students will be presented to all first-year students from 8 to 16 March 2021. The programme will commence with a structured registration process from 8 to 10 March 2021, during which all first-year students will register for their academic programmes.

Academic programme registrations will be done according to faculty groupings, and all first-year students will receive an invitation indicating on which day they must register.

Students who have been accepted and placed in an NWU residence, will register and take up residence on the same day. The issuing of student access cards and information-technology registration will also be completed during this period.

Dedicated programmes presented by faculties and the division Student Life will be presented in a hybrid model – a blend of online and contact presentations – from 11 to 16 March 2021, with classes for first-year students commencing on 17 March 2021.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the university is ensuring that the necessary health and safety protocols are put into place to assure the health and safety of our students, staff and community., There will therefore be no physical mass reception of first-year students and their parents (as was done in the past). Instead, this event will be presented virtually.

It is anticipated that the final 2021 Registration and Orientation Programme will be made available to the public late in February 2021.

It must be emphasised that all arrangements are subject to national Covid-19 regulations as and when the time arrives.