AS thousands of Eastern Cape matric pupils prepare to begin writing their final exams next week, those still planning to apply for admission to an Eastern Cape university will battle to find a place.
Rhodes, Fort Hare and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan universities have already closed their admissions for next year.
Late applications from high-scoring applicants will be considered, but a penalty fee will be charged.
Walter Sisulu University, which was paralysed by a crippling and lengthy labour dispute this year, has extended its deadline until the end of November.
WSU spokeswoman Angela Church said this was because the university's academic calendar had been extended.
Church said late applications would be received until January.
A computerised central applications system (CAS), initiated by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, has closed down and it is unclear when it will reopen.