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Quick statistics about Wits

The University of the Witwatersrand is a research-intensive public higher education institution in South Africa that competes globally and acts locally. Wits researchers create new knowledge to solve 21st Century challenges and they inspire talented young students to design our collective futures. Ranked first in Africa (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018), Wits is internationally recognised and it teaches and empowers thinkers, leaders, and professionals to advance, transform and improve our world.

According to three international rankings, Wits also ranks within the top 370 universities among the 25 000 in the world. Ninety-seven percent of Wits graduates find employment within six months of completing their studies.

Wits University produces the most millionaires - more than any other university in South Africa.

Student numbers by Race

Wits University’s 2018 Annual Report reflects our latest student numbers at 39 953, with black students - which includes African, Chinese, Indians and Coloureds – making up 82.94% of the student community, and white students making up 16.93%. 

Infographic Student numbers by Race


Student numbers by gender

Wits female students make up 54.64% and male students 45.34%. Many female students take up studies in the Humanities, Health Sciences and Commerce and Law Faculties. Male students make up the majority in the Science and Engineering and Built Environment Faculties.

Infographic on student numbers by gender


Infographic student number by gender in Wits Faculties