Alinde Khumalo, 18, said she had also applied to study for a BEd but was accepted for tourism management. "I was even accepted by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and I left my home town in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape, on January 19 and arrived in PE the following day.
"I went to campus at about 10am and I was told to come back in the afternoon and that's when I was told that I was accepted by mistake. What should I do this year? This is very frustrating."
A 21-year-old student who asked not to be named was lucky to get a placement at Walter Sisulu University after he was rejected at NMU, despite getting an acceptance letter.
"I applied for biochemistry, was accepted and got a student number and a room at one of the campus residences. A week later, I went to admissions to tell them that I wanted to change to BEd and I was shocked when I was told that my name does not appear in the system," he said.
"I was given one day to vacate my room. I am happy that I managed to get a placement even though it's not what I wanted."
NMU spokesperson Zandile Mbabela said: "When a student was granted provisional acceptance, and their final matric results do not meet the programme's entry requirements, the applicant is considered for their second choice. If they neither meet those requirements, the provisional acceptance is no longer valid."