First-year Experience

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.

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. 

The page on academic support 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. In addition the page 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.

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.

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:

Contact details for more information

Mafikeng Campus

Mittah Maleno Magodielo
+27 (0)18 389 2381
Building A3, Block D, Office G86



Potchefstroom Campus

Sonja van der Westhuizen
+27 (0)18 299 2134
Building E8, Room 136

Vaal Triangle Campus

Diné du Preez
+ 27(0)16 910 3311
Building 13, Room SL309