The First-year Experience (FYE) at the NWU represents an intentional and comprehensive initiative that consists of different components working together to increase academic performance, increase student persistence, assist in the transition to university, facilitate a sense of commitment to the university, and increase personal development.

First-year Navigator

Student Academic Development and Support (SADS) embarked on a new initiative in 2018 to design and develop an e-environment on eFundi to promote first-year students’ experience. The eFundi site is called First-year Navigator, and there is one for each campus, with more general as well as campus-specific information. The site is aimed at enhancing first year students’ readiness for university and making information available to students throughout the academic year, and not only during the orientation period.  

The First-year Navigator site contains academic, social and general student support information: 


Academic Support

This page contains information on all the services rendered by SADS, namely academic peer mentoring, supplemental instruction, tutoring, reading development, student workshops, academic advising and eFundi support for students. The page also contains information on adjusting to a university, links to calendars and university timetables, information on time management, plagiarism and referencing, learning strategies, and note taking.

Social Support

On the social support page you can find information on student counselling, the crisis line, the contact details of the social workers on each campus, the Meal-a-Day schemes, HIV and AIDS services, health centres, career centres, and disability units.



General Support

On the general support page you can find information on financial support, protection services, residences and accommodation, food services, etc.




All first-year students, click here to navigate to your First-year Navigator site:

Peer Academic Development and Support Services



Programme Coordinators

Mahikeng Campus


Mittah Maleno Magodielo
+27 (0)18 389 2381
Building A3, Block D, Office G79



Potchefstroom Campus

Sonja van der Westhuizen
+27 (0)18 299 2134
Building E8, Room 136
Daniel Motlhabane
+27 (0)18 299 1465
Building E8, Toom 105A

Vanderbijlpark Campus

Diné du Preez
+ 27(0)16 910 3311
Building 13, Room SV309