Definition of Terms
APPLICATION TYPEFull-time student – A registered student who attends the university for day students.
Part-time student – A registered student who attends the university for after-hours tuition.
Undergraduate (UG) applicant – An undergraduate is an applicant/student at a university or college who is studying for his or her first degree.
Postgraduate (PG) applicant – A student who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree level course at a college or university and is undertaking further study at a more advanced level.
APPLICATION CATEGORYA first-time entering student is a student who is registering for the first time for an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification and has not been effectively registered at this level in any higher education module/programme at the institution or any other higher education institution. Students can be categorised as first time entering UG or first-time entering PG.
An entering student is a student who has been registered at another institution in the past but is now registering for a different qualification for which she/he has not previously been registered. Entering students can be categorised as UG or PG.
A non-entering student is a student who is registering for a qualification for which he/she has previously registered at the institution. Non-entering students can be categorised as UG or PG.
A transfer student is a student who is transferring from another institution. Transfer students can also be categorised as UG or PG transfers.
Affiliate Student – An affiliate student is a student who has been permitted to register at the University for study or research purposes but who may not attain any credits towards a qualification. Postdoctoral as well as Master’s and Doctoral students who are working on their thesis proposal but do not wish to have the year reflected as an official year of enrolment shall, for this purpose, register as an affiliate student.
Occasional Student – This is a person who satisfies the statutory requirements for entry into a formally approved qualification offered by the institution, who is effectively registered for an approved programme, but who is not registered for an approved qualification.
ADMISSION TYPEMatriculant – A student who has passed the final school-leaving examination.
Post-Matriculant – A student who has already sat matric examinations (NSC).
Senior Certificate – The qualification awarded by the Department of Education to a grade 12 student but who has not attained a matriculation exemption.
Bachelor’s Pass – You can apply for a degree programme at a university with this type of pass, given that you have met all other university entry requirements.