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 2017, 4 874 international students studied at UCT from 111 countries. Of the total student population, 2 321 are from SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. After graduating, UCT students take up positions in every sector of the economy, around the world.
In 2017 UCT was home to 28 185 students (6 753 living in the residence system). Around 4 200 new first-years are accepted to study at UCT every year.
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 1.3 million print volumes, which are kept on 53 349 linear metres of shelves.