|University of the Free State
|Universiteit van die Vrystaat
Yunivesithi ya Freistata
||In Veritate Sapientiae Lux (In Truth is the Light of Wisdom)
||Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
University of the Orange Free State / Universiteit van die Oranje Vrystaat (1950-2001)
Grey University College (1906-1940s)
University College of the Orange Free State (1940s-1950)
The University of the Free State is a multi campus public university in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State and the judicial capital of South Africa.
The long-held dream of an institution of higher education in the Free State became a reality in 1904 when the Grey College first accepted matriculants for a full B.A. course. In 1906 the tertiary part of Grey College became known as the Grey University College (GUC), but shortly thereafter the school and college parted ways. In 1910, the Parliament of the Orange River Colony passed legislation declaring the GUC an official educational institution in the fields of the Arts and Sciences.
Initially, the medium of instruction was English, but later this changed to be bilingual and included Afrikaans. The name was changed to the University College of the Orange Free State—the Afrikaans version of this name change is the source of the word used to this day to refer to students of the University ("Kovsies"). In the late 1940s, the medium of instruction was changed to Afrikaans. The University was declared a full-fledged, independent university in 1950, and the name was again changed to the University of the Orange Free State.
In 1993, it adopted a system of parallel-medium tuition. Today, all classes are offered in Afrikaans and English. Subsequent to the adoption in 1999 of a new university statute, the UFS entered a significant growth period. Today, the University of the Free State boasts more students than ever in its history.
In February 2001, the University's name changed to the University of the Free State, which was adopted to reflect the real character of the institution and its environment. In 2004, the University celebrated its centenary.
The University Bloemfotein campus is near the city centre. The university also has a satellite campus in Qwaqwa that was, until 2003, part of the University of the North.
The University sports facilities cater for more than 20 sports, medical facilities and cultural activities, ranging from the political arena to outdoor life and the creative arts. It has a student centre, a student newspaper and a campus radio station. In addition, students have access to a library, a career and guidance centre, a student theatre and a computer centre.
Academic Divisions 
- Economic and Management Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Natural and Agricultural Sciences
- University of the Free State Business School
Notable alumni 
- Main List: Notable Alumni of the University of the Free State
Notable staff 
In 2010 Webometrics ranked the university the 9th best in South Africa and 2095th in the world.
received an honorary doctorate in education from the university on 24 June 2011
The university faced controversy in late February 2008 following a video made by four white students of the Reitz residence which was referred to as being a protest against racial integration on the campus. The real motive behind the making of the video is still debatable. The video depicted five black workers being subjected to various mock activities, including being forced to consume food which appeared to have been urinated on. The video received coverage from both South African and international media and condemnation from most major political parties in South Africa, and led to riots and racial strife among students at the university. In riots that followed the video, threats were made against white students by protesting black students.
The council of the university closed the Reitz hostel over the incident and the incident triggered a broader investigation into racism in education by the Department of Education (South Africa).
The then new Vice-Chancellor, Jonathan Jansen - a strong proponent of intellectual freedom - was appointed and he has subsequently initiated a process for campus-wide racial integration among students which included inviting the four students to continue with their studies at the university. In 2010 The university was awarded the World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education which praised amongst other the racial integration and harmonisation of the student community. On receiving her honorary doctorate from the university, Oprah Winfrey called the transformation of the university as “nothing short of a miracle” when referring to the incident and subsequent racial integration.
Coordinates: 29°06′16″S 26°10′31″E / 29.10444°S 26.17528°E