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Wits Academic Rankings

Wits University is more than an educational brand, it’s a time-honoured legacy that aims to educate and change through quality education and sound motivation to develop African societies.

For 100 years Wits has been known for and remembered through the caliber of graduates that it produces, and the footprints of change that they leave in the public and private sectors in all fields of industry.

This century-old legacy speaks volumes of our capabilities to transform and transcend, and is visible in all aspects of the South African society; in the public and private sectors, the roads we travel on and the books we read, the millionaires who lead businesses and the activists who challenge them, in the lawyers who represent us and the Judges who rebuke us. Wits graduates continue the legacy in global humanitarianism and in pushing African innovation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. From Rhodes Scholars to Mandela Scholars - Witsies are there making their mark in academics. Wits University and its people are cemented in everything around you.

Perhaps more than the University of the Witwatersrand extraordinarily being ranked in the top 1.3% of universities globally, our legacy equally requires that we continue to be positively ranked by the everyday impact we make to society, the quality of our goals and the lives we changes. 

This is how the we are ranked in and among the world's universities.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), commonly known as Shanghai Ranking


  • 301-400 globally

*ARWU asseses more than 1800 universities and the results for the top 1000 are published.

Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR)
  • 2021-2022 World Ranking: #292

US News Best global Universities Rankings


  • Ranked 2nd in Africa
  • Global score 62.8
  • Ranked 192 globally
Times Higher Education


  • Ranked 201-250 globally
  • Ranked 9th in the world for affordability in 2019's Best Student Cities

*1300 universities ranked

QS World University Rankings


  • Ranked #424 globally
  • #2 in Africa

*Over 1000 universities ranked