Wits was only able to accept 5 500 students of the 46 000 who applied for the 2014 academic year, a minuscule 11% of the total application pool.

The iconic Great Hall pillars and steps on East Campus. Photo: Tendai Dube

The iconic Great Hall pillars and steps on East Campus.              Photo: Tendai Dube

Vice Chancellor Prof Adam Habib said: “It’s a sign of the desire to get into Wits. There isn’t another university that has as many applications as per the places that are available.”

“In medicine, by the way, the situation is even worse. We have 250 places, which is the largest medical program in the country, and we get 8 000 applications,” he said.

Wits  has a rich history that goes back over 90 years and is strategically placed in one of the largest cities in Africa. Habib said these were factors new students take into consideration when they apply.

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“The fact that this is an institution that goes back, 92-93 years. Partly, it’s got to do with the fact that this is an institution that is located at the heart of the economy. Both the South African economy and also the African economy. ”Johannesburg is one of the most economically active areas in Africa, attracting people from all corners of the country and the continent.