UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.
In 2018 UCT was home to 28 600 students (17 552 undergraduates and 11 048 postgraduates) with about 6 370 living in the residence system. 22 669 students came from South Africa, 3 512 were SADC students and 1 539 students came from the rest of Africa, with 880 students from elsewhere in the world. After graduating, UCT students take up positions in every sector of the economy, around the world. UCT’s Development and Alumni Department is in contact with over 170 000 alumni in 151 countries, some 121 000 of whom live in South Africa.
There are more than 100 student societies active on campus, including academic, faith, national, cultural, political and special interest societies. Students can also choose from almost 40 sporting codes, which include a variety of disciplines from fencing and jiu jitsu to hockey, rugby and rowing.
The Jammie Shuttle service, UCT’s free transport system, makes almost 200 000 trips each year, transporting students and staff to and from the university’s campuses.
UCT Libraries is a repository of approximately 1.2 million print volumes, which are kept on 54 metres of shelves.