Varsity College Application – A Complete Guide

This article is to enlighten the general public about Varsity College application, Varsity college fees, Varsity college courses among others

With Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, and the New World Thinking as their driving force and motto, the Varsity College which was established in 1991 has earned its way to becoming one of the most accredited universities in South Africa when it comes down to higher education in the private sector. The Varsity college as such is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training and accredited by the British Accreditation Council.

The director of the Varsity College is also under the educational brand of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) Louise Wiseman. The onus is on the director to have the overall say in the college and to make sure that things are done by the books.

As mentioned before, the Varsity College is located in South Africa with eight campuses spread throughout the country. The location of these eight campuses are; Cape Town, Durban, North and Westville, Pretoria, Waterfall Midrand, Sandton, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth.

The Varsity College has a student population of about 4,500.

Is Varsity College A Private or Public College?

The Varsity College in simple words is a private college that has been in existence for more than 25 years.  The Varsity college is a private college under the Independent Institute of Education also known as the IIE. The IIE has long over the years held this one reputation of being the spearhead of all private higher education in South Africa.

Is The Varsity College A University Or Just A College?

If you are asking if the courses and qualifications offered at the Varsity College are on the same level as other courses and qualifications offered in renowned universities, then the answer is yes. The Varsity College just like universities is a higher education institution and as such on the same level as other universities.

Do NSFAS Fund Students Study At The Varsity College?

The answer here is a big NO. The NSFAS will not fund any student studying at the Varsity College and for that matter a private university for the single reason that the NSFAS bursary does not fund students from private colleges and universities.

How Many Faculties Has The Varsity College?

The IIE Varsity has four faculties. They are;

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Commerce
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

List Of Varsity College Courses

There is a wide range of courses available at Varsity College. Students have the option of taking these courses either on campus physically, or via distance and can either be short courses or full-time courses.

Some of these courses are;

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce Honors in Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Higher Certificate in Office Admin
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Diploma in Information Technology Software
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Higher Certificate in Legal Studies
  • To view all courses, kindly visit this link

IIE Varsity College Requirement

To be able to study at the IIE Varsity College, you need to meet the following minimum requirements;

Higher Certificate

  • A minimum pass of 30% for English for NSC with higher certificate admission or 
  • A minimum pass of 40% in English for either additional language or home language  with a 30% pass in Maths or Mathematical literacy, 40% pass in Life Orientation and 50% pass in four other vocational subjects and that is for NC(V) with higher certificate admission
  • A minimum pass of 5 solid subjects that is if you are applying with a Senior Certificate without any endorsement


  • A minimum pass of 30% for English and any two other subjects with a 40% pass of any three NSC subjects is for applicants applying with NSC with higher certificate admission
  • A minimum pass of 40% in English for either additional language or home language  with a 30% pass in Maths or Mathematical literacy, 40% pass in Life Orientation and 50% pass in four other vocational subjects and that is for NC(V) with higher certificate admission
  • A minimum pass of 5 solid subjects that is if you are applying with a Senior Certificate without any endorsement

A Guide To Apply To Varsity College

To apply to the Varsity College, you will have to follow these steps.

  • First and foremost, you will have to make inquiries about the course or program you intend to offer by filling out an inquiry form here
  • From there, you will request an appointment to have a one-on-one meeting with the school to know and be abreast with what you are getting yourself into
  • The next stage is where you finally apply that is when you are satisfied with everything you have been exposed to by far
  • After applying, you register

Varsity College Online Application

Below are a few steps an applicant would go through for Varsity College Application 2022.

  • First, you will have to visit the official website of the Varsity College and click on apply
  • Once there, proceed with the qualification you wish to apply for 
  • After that, you are directed to the application homepage where you have to answer a couple of questions about whether it is the first time you are applying or not
  • You can go ahead to submit your application once you are certain you have gotten everything right, including the payment of your application fee. 
  • Click here for a better understanding

Varsity College Prospectus

Click on this link to view all prospectus: 

Varsity College Application Fee

For Postgraduate, Parttime Undergraduate online students and Contact studies, the application fee to be paid is R250. When it comes to late degree applicants, the application fee is R1750 levied. Diploma and Higher Certificate Programmes on the other hand attract an application fee of R400. Applicants must remember that this fee is non-refundable and is needed to start the application process.

How Do I Pay My Varsity College Application Fee

The Varsity College application fee can either be paid online or through an EFT.

How Do I Check My Varsity College Application Status

To check your application status, kindly visit the student portal at Key in your password and username and wait to read your status.

Is Varsity College Applications Open?

Applications opened on the 1st of April 2022 and Varsity college application closing date is expected on October 28th, 2022 all other things remaining equal. And yes, they do accept late applications if and only if there are still available slots.

How Much Is Varsity College Fees

At the Varsity College, the highest fees one is likely to pay is R94,400 and the least is R84,300 with a whole fee structure designed to facilitate the payment of these fees. Take a look at the fee structure here 

How Do I Pay my Varsity College Fees

Fees have to be paid either by using;

  • Debit card 
  • Credit card OR
  • Through internet banking using EFT

Varsity College Student Portal

Kindly visit this link to sign in and get on to your affairs.

Varsity College Contact Details


Varsity Place, Belmont Office Park,

Belmont Road, Rondebosch 7700

Tel: (021) 682 5021



12 Radar Drive, Durban North, 4051

Tel: (031) 573 2038



St Charles’ College, Harwin Road,

Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

Tel: (033) 386 2376


  • Nelson Mandela Bay

1 Floor, Mercantile Bank Plaza,

Ring Road, Greenacres, PE, 6045

Tel: (041)363 4223



116 Clearwater Road, Cnr Clearwater &

Glenwood Road, Lynwood Glenn

Tel: (012) 348 2551



Waterston Drive, off Benmore Road,

Sandton, 2196

Tel: (011) 784 6936



1 Link Road, Cnr St James Ave & Link Road, Westville, 3630

Tel: (031) 266 8400



11 Janadel Ave, Riverview Business Park, Waterfall, 1685

Call UsTel: (010) 224 4300


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