The University of the Free State is located in Bloemfontein. It has three campuses two of which are in Bloemfontein and one situated in Phuthaditjhaba. UFS was founded in 1904 when Grey College offered its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Not long afterwards the College was renamed Grey University College which would eventually become The University of the Free State. Since 1993 the university has adopted a parallel-medium of tuition offering all its courses in Afrikaans as well as English. UFS offers a range of fields of study that includes Business, Education, Humanities, Law, Theology, Medicine and Agriculture. It boasts 164 NRF-accredited researchers and 2 521 staff members that strive to make a local and global impact on society.
Central University of Technology, also known as CUT, was established in 1981. This University has two campuses. One in Bloemfontein and the other one in Welkom, Free State. The education opportunities offered in these two campuses include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), management sciences, humanities and education. The Central University of Technology employs more than 800 academics and research staff over its four faculties. These faculties include: Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Management Sciences