Unisa Application Status

Waiting to find out about your application can feel stressful. To counter this, UNISA has a platform where you can track the status of your application as it is processed.

How Do I Check The Status Of My UNISA Application?

There are some simple steps that you can follow to check your application status. 


  1. Go to the UNISA Application Tracking Portal
  2. Enter your student number in the space provided
  3. Enter your Surname
  4. Enter your First Name/Names
  5. Enter your Date of Birth 
  6. Click “Continue”

The status of your application will then be shown to you. 

Please note that this does not apply for Master’s and Doctoral programmes, as you cannot track these online. You can only check undergraduate qualification applications and Honour’s Degree applications. 


You can also use an external tracking site (not UNISA) to track your application.


How Can I Check My UNISA Application Status Without Email?

Checking your application status for UNISA does not require your email. All you need is your Student Number and Your ID number. You will enter these with your full name, and your application status will be shown on your device without sending you anything. 


How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From UNISA About My Application?

The application process can be lengthy, and so you will only get a response four to six weeks after the closing date for applications. Please note that the time begins after the closing date for all applications, and not from the date you submit your application.


Is Teacher Training Admission List Out?

There is no teacher training admission list, as UNISA no longer offers teaching qualifications. The Foundation Phase and Senior Phase PGCE courses were removed at the start of 2019, and the FET Phase courses were removed at the end of 2020. 


How Do I Check The Status Of My UNISA Registration?

Once you have applied, been accepted, and accepted your offer of a placement in your chosen course, registration can also be a lengthy process. 


To track your registration status: 


  1. Go to the UNISA Registration Tracking Portal
  2. Enter your Student Number
  3. Enter your Surname 
  4. Enter your First Name/Names
  5. Enter your Date of Birth 
  6. Click on “Continue”

The status of your registration will then be shown to you.


What If I Am Missing Information?

If you have forgotten your student number:


  1. Go to the UNISA Student Number Search page
  2. Fill in your Surname
  3. Fill in your First Name/Names
  4. Enter your Date of Birth
  5. Enter your ID number (for South African students) or your foreign passport number (for foreign students)

Your student number will be sent to you via email or SMS. 


If you have not heard from UNISA and would like to check to make sure all your contact details are correct, click here. Or, you can check the myUNISA page to check and update your contact details. 


If you have any trouble accessing the page, you can send an email to [email protected] 


What Have We Learned?

  • You can check the status of your application or your registration in six easy steps
  • It takes a minimum of four to six weeks to get a response from UNISA since application dates have closed
  • There are ways to find information if you are missing any of the required information for the tracking portals

Author: Chloe Bydawell
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: June 29, 2022

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  3. tshepiso mokoena

    I didn’t receive any password on my email from UNISA but they did send me student number. so can I please get the password.

        1. UNISA’s Higher Certificate qualifications can be seen as a sort of bridging course. They can be used to apply for a higher qualification (diploma, degree) upon completion.

          You can read more about UNISA’s Higher Certificate qualifications for the 2020 academic year online here.

          1. Hi I have applied through unisa n payed my application fee yet I’m funded by nsfas but my status is saying it still needs to be processed for weeks now. Tryed sending two emails with no response through unisa im worried now plz help, student number 64815676

          2. You may want to enquire about your application by heading straight to your nearest UNISA campus. That’s the only option you have at the moment.

    1. Abet Level 4 is the equivalent to a Grade 9 certificate, so it will not exactly assist you in studying for a Nursing qualification.

      Other than universities, you can also try looking at qualifications issued by private institutions. You can find out about the different qualifications offered by private institutions offered by the South African Nursing Council (SANC) here.

    1. Applications at UNISA are open all year round. Visit the Unisa Application website and you’ll be able to apply for the qualification of your choice – as long as you meet the admission requirements of said qualification.

  4. Sizakele Sindiswa Ncube

    I apply last year and get study number the promblem is I did pay application fee so I want to ask that now I can pay it or ican wait to apply again?

    1. You only need to pay an application fee once when you apply at Unisa. When you have an opportunity to apply again, you don’t need to pay the application fee. It’s a one time deal.

  5. Am on my final year doing Higher Certificate in Accounting Science, I failed two modules do I qualify fr FI concession or I need to register for those two modules for coming semester?

    1. The university will determine whether you qualify for a FI concession or not but in the meantime, register for the modules that you have failed instead of waiting on the university to come back later to you.

    1. I applied last month and I payed fees but I didn’t get any response in my email or my sms saying my application will be finalised and I can’t check even my status it says my student number is wrong ev

  6. I applied and my application came back saying incomplete application although I’m sure I submitted all required documentation, how do I find out what was missing exactly

  7. I want to change my personal details my name’s got mixed up, so how do I fix that so that I can appy again

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