What To Do If You Got Rejected From University

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Being rejected by a university can be extremely disheartening and demotivating. This as many young people spend a great deal of time and effort trying to meet the requirements to further their education at one of South Africa’s 26 public universities.

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The most important thing you must remember is that being rejected from a university is just a setback and does not define your worth or potential. Allow yourself to acknowledge these feelings of disappointment but remember this is only one step on your journey. 

Once you have taken the time to process your rejection, it's time to consider alternative paths to achieving your academic and career goals. There are several opportunities you can explore on the journey to your ultimate success. 

This includes pursuing a career in an alternative field of study, applying to a different institution, volunteering, signing up for a learnership, internship or apprenticeship or looking for employment. 

Here’s What To Do If You Got Rejected From University

Sign Up For CACH 

The Central Application Clearing House (CACH) system assists prospective students through the university application process. They do this by allowing applicants to upload their information onto a database which is then considered by institutions for placements. 

Simply put, once you register on CACH, your details are loaded onto the database. Higher Education institutions with available space log onto the system and search for applicants meeting the criteria for the academic programmes they offer.

If you meet the criteria for these programmes, they can offer you placement. 

Upgrade Matric

Sometimes young people are rejected from universities because they do not meet the eligibility criteria. This includes not having the matric marks needed to qualify for a course at the university of their choice. 

The good news is that you can upgrade your matric marks. There are several ways to do this. 

Matric Exam Remark

If you believe that the assigned marks do not accurately reflect your actual performance in the matric exams, you can apply for a matric exam remark. This involves assigning a new examiner to review the original examination paper.

Matric Exam Recheck

Alternatively, you can apply for a Matric Exam Recheck. A recheck is done to ensure that no errors occur during the initial making of exam scripts, thereby guaranteeing that the learner receives the correct marks. 

Matric Exam Rewrite 

You can also apply to rewrite your Matric exams. Matric exam rewrites offer a chance for learners to improve their exam results by completely retaking the exams.

Private Higher Education Institutions

Maybe you did not get into a course at a university. This does not mean that you can't study that same course at a private higher education institution. There are hundreds of private colleges offering hundreds of courses to young people wanting to further their studies. 

TVET Colleges 

You may also want to consider studying at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college

TVET Colleges play a critical role in developing South Africa’s next generation of artisans. The skills obtained at TVET Colleges set graduates up with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue various technical and vocational and gain employment or pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

Enter The Labour Market

There are many job opportunities you can consider. Remember, this does not mean you have to do this job forever. It can be a platform for future success, including saving up money for your studies or even starting your own business.

There are several jobs available for matriculants.

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Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a lot of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even starting your own business. There are so many choices but we are here to help.


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