Extended Studies gives an alternative access route to university study at Rhodes University. A limited number of students who show potential to succeed and are from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, are exposed to a carefully designed supportive learning environment which enhances their ability to succeed at Rhodes University. This purpose supports the Rhodes University mission statement with regards to transformation and equity. The department is specifically for students intending to join the Humanities, Commerce or Science faculties.
Many students, who would have otherwise not gained access to university study at Rhodes University, have completed their degrees as a direct result of the support from the Extended Studies.