Schools South Africa

University of Limpopo

In the Limpopo Province of South Africa, there is a university known as the University of Limpopo (Universiteit van Limpopo in Afrikaans). 

About the University of Limpopo

The University of Limpopo was created on January 1st, 2005 when the Medical University of South Africa and the University of the North combined (MEDUNSA). The Turfloop and MEDUNSA campuses of the university were founded from these earlier institutes. The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University was founded out of the former MEDUNSA campus in 2015.

The University of the North was founded in 1959 as part of the apartheid regime’s strategy of segregating educational institutions based on ethnicity and was given the moniker “Turfloop” because of its geographic location. About 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Pietersburg, at Turfloop Farm, the institution was established.

In honor of the three ethnic groups (Sotho, Venda, and Tsonga) that the Apartheid ideology desired to study there, the town that developed around the university was given the name Sovenga. In truth, the majority of locals call the town Mankweng, after one of the local chiefs. Later apartheid used the University of the North as a “model” institution to which dignitaries were invited to demonstrate the “viability” of the segregated facilities. 

As a result, it was heavily subsidized by the government, but the fundamental issue was that the students the institution was intended to be serving were receiving such a subpar education overall that there were enormous demands made on the quality of instruction.

In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the institution served as a focal point for the anti-apartheid movement, with the SADF frequently occupying the campus during that time. The university suffered through numerous reorganization and simplification plans after apartheid ended but always managed to survive. In the years following freedom, enrollment fluctuated greatly, and while some teachers found it difficult to adapt, others were able to take use of the new opportunities. On January 1, 2005, the old Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North merged to establish the University of Limpopo.

A racially exclusive university system for black South Africans was made possible by the expansion of the University Education Act of 1959. On August 1st, 1959, the University College of the North was founded following the Act, roughly thirty kilometers outside of Polokwane, the capital of the Limpopo Province.

The University of South Africa was given academic trusteeship of the College. Until the South African Parliament passed the University of the North Act (Act No. 47 of 1969), which ended the College status as of 1 January 1970, this foundational link persisted. The Academic wonder may be found in Mankweng Township, halfway between Polokwane and Tzaneen, in the foothills of the Hwiti (Wolkberg range).

Faculty and Departments At the University of Limpopo

Faculty of Humanities

  • School of Languages and Communication Studies
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Policing

Faculty of Management and Law

  • School of Law
  • School of Accountancy (SoA)
  • School of Economics and Management
  • Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

Faculty of Science and Agriculture

  • School of Physical and Mineral Sciences
  • School of Molecular and Life Sciences
  • School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health Science

FAQS about the University of Limpopo

Q. How many Students Does the University of Limpopo admit per year?

A. The university received 41,395 student applications for the 2019 academic year.

Q. Is the University of Limpopo a Federal or State School? 

A. It is a public university.

Q. What is the cut-off point for the University of Limpopo?

A. A minimum Admission Point Score (APS) of 22 is required for applicants.

Q. What is the University of Limpopo’s Official Website?


Q. Is the University of Limpopo a good school?

A. Yes! The university is ranked #351-400 in BRICS Rankings 2019. It also ranked 17th in South Africa, 2909th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 50% across 20 research topics.

Q. Are there hostels at the University of Limpopo?

A. Yes. The university has its campus accommodation for students, for which all students in need of accommodation at UL must apply to get rooms.

Q. When is the admission form coming out for the University of Limpopo?

A. The admission form for the university is currently out.

Q. Who founded the University of Limpopo?

A. The University was created by the merger of the University of the North and the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA).

Q. What are the requirements for the University of Limpopo?

A. Minimal Requirements:

With the necessary subject combinations, levels of success, and a minimum APS of 24, the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) with an endorsement for admittance into Bachelor study is required.

Visit the university’s website for further details.

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