The Central Application Office (CAO) processes all applications in post-schooling education for the Universities of South Africa. This article tells you how you can check your CAO application status online via the CAO portal.
How Do I Check my CAO Application Status Online?
You can check your application status online via the CAO Portal.
First, access the CAO Portal at the following link: https://cao.ac.za/MyApplicationLogin.aspx?
Select and enter one of the following identification numbers:
– CAO Number
– ID Number
– Passport Number
Then click the “Submit” button
You will now be presented with your CAO application status.
What do the different statuses mean?
The CAO uses specific terms to indicate what progress the institution has made in considering your application.
Waiting for a Decision: The institution has not yet considered
your application (This is the default status for on time applications).
Late Application: This is a default status as your application was
received after the closing date for the programme. Each institution
deals with late applications in different ways. Refer to the institutions’
prospectus for further information.
Awaiting Results: The institution is waiting for further results
(e.g. June, Trial or Final NSC results) before making a decision on
Conditional Offer: The institution will accept you provided that
you meet the requirements. Where space is limited, these may
be higher than the minimum requirements for the programme
published in this Handbook. Some programmes may conduct
assessment tests at registration. This may be withdrawn if you do
not indicate that you want to accept the place or if your final results
are not as good as your earlier results.
Firm Offer: You are offered a place by the institution. This may be
withdrawn if you do not indicate that you want to accept the place
or if your final results are not as good as your earlier results.
Has Not Met Programme Ranking Criteria: You do not meet the
institution’s specific criteria. Refer to the institutions’ prospectus
for further information. You may complete a Change of Mind
Request Form on which you can change the programme ranking.
Interview/Audition/Portfolio: The programme has _ special
selection procedures. Institutions should contact you with details
of the date, time and venue. You may need to follow up with the
Please Supply Academic Record: The institution requires a copy of
your academic record from your current or previous study at tertiary
Please Supply USAf/SAQA Evaluation: The institution requires a
Universities South Africa (USAf)/SAQA evaluation of the foreign exam
results you may have written.
Programme Closed: No further applications will be considered.
Refer for Decision: The application has to be assessed before the
‘status can be changed.
Regret Programme Discontinued: The institution has decided
that they will no longer be offering a programme that was initially
listed in this Handbook. In some cases, institutions may advise
on an alternative programme that you can apply for. Complete a
Change of Mind Request Form at no cost to yourself.
Regret Unsuccessful: The institution has decided not to offer you
a place for whatever reason according to their selection processes.
Short-listed, Standby and Wait-listed: The institution is
considering your application but has not yet decided whether they
will be able to offer you a place.
Unsuccessful Following Placement Test/Interview: The
institution has decided not to offer you a place following the
entrance test you wrote or the interview you attended. There are
also a number of messages the institution can use to tell you that
they are unable to offer you a place.
Important Dates for your Application
1st April 2021 – Applications for 2022 first semester entry opens and on-time fee of R250.00 payable.
31st May 2021 – Last Day of On-Time for administration fee of R250.00 for 2021 second semester applications.
1st June 2021 – Late administration fee of R470.00 now applies for 2021 second semester applications.
1st August 2021 – Applications for 2022 second semester entry opens and on-time fee of R250.00 payable.
31st October 2021 – Last Day of On-Time for administration fee of R250.00 for 2022 first semester applications.
1st November 2021 – Late administration fee of R470.00 now applies for 2022 first semester applications.