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New first year students

Welcome to the 2018 registration process for 1st year students

1. Have you received a firm offer from the University?

  • If you have written matric or an equivalent school-leaving qualification this year, you will receive an SMS in January 2018 shortly after the results are announced, confirming your Firm Offer.
  • Please access to view your status.
  • You must accept the offer via SMS or on Self-Service within 3 days to secure your place. Should you not do so, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to another student. NO telephonic or email acceptances can be made. You may only accept one offer.
  • You may find that you have been placed on a waiting list or have a deferred status for your programme. As decision-making is an ongoing process, we will monitor the situation on a daily basis and notify you via SMS or on self-service once a firm offer is made.

2. Log In Information

Please log into the self-service portal via using the following details:

  • Student ID = Person Number
  • Password = date of birth in YYMMDD format.

3. BEFORE you Register

  • You have to receive a firm offer from the University.
  • You are required to make your first payment of R9 340 towards your fees before registration. If you cannot afford to make this first payment before registration/enrolment, please access the self-service portal to acknowledge that you can only make payment on the 30th of March 2018, by which time your fees should be settled in full or an Acknowledgement of Debt should be signed.
  • Please note that you can only apply to defer the first fee payment if you have been offered a place in aprogramme and you have accepted the offer. This information is available on the self-service portal. The form can be found by clicking on the words "2018 tuition fee".
    • Please download the Acknowledgement of Debt (AOD) document.
    • Download the Acknowledgement of Debt document with guidance notes on how to fill it in.
    • Download the average minimum-maximum fees schedule.
  • If you have been awarded an external bursary or scholarship please present proof of this to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and you will not be required to make a first payment.
  • You are also not required to make a first payment if you:
    • have been made a provisional offer for NSFAS funding for 2018;
    • have been given a Wits University Scholarship;
    • fall within the new funding threshold – i.e. your family earnings are below R350 000 as announced by the President. If you fall into this category, you will be required to request a deferral of the first fee payment via the self-service portal: information will be provided to NSFAS to assist NSFAS in identifying students in this category. Please refer to paragraph 4 for more information.

Should you not make payment or apply to defer the first payment, you will not be able to register.

4. 2018 Fees

The 2018 Fees Schedule is available via

  • Any First Time Entering Student (FTEN) whose gross household income per annum is R350 000 and below will receive funding in 2018, which will be made available as a bursary, with conditions, if they qualify. Students who apply and qualify for these bursaries will have to sign a contract with NSFAS. The contract will have binding obligations attached. These will include academic requirements as well as service requirements. The actual cost of tuition and prescribed study materials will be covered. Qualifying students may also be eligible for subsidised accommodation and living costs, including meals. Accommodation will be capped at defined institutional accommodation rates. Where meals are not included in the cost, a separate standard allowance will be made available.
  • First time entering students who have been awarded bursaries or scholarships from other funders, will not qualify for full NSFAS bursaries. NSFAS will only consider financial aid to these students on a ‘top-up’ basis if they are not fully funded through their bursary or scholarship. NSFAS will work with universities to ensure that there is no “double dipping”. Should you receive a Wits University Entrance Scholarship, you will not be eligible to receive the monetary value of the award if you are receiving a NSFAS grant or another bursary. 
  • Students from households earning up to R600 000 per annum will have only their 2018 fee increase paid for by the state through gap grant funding if they have applied for it. New first time entering Students must apply for the 2018 gap grant funding at the time of registration on the Wits University self-service portal.

Further details on the various finance options will be made available in the first week of January 2018.

Banking Details

The University’s banking details are: Standard Bank account number: 002891697; Branch code: Braamfontein 004805; Account name: Wits Student Fees; Ref: Student number. Email to 

5. Registration/Enrolment

  • Based on your programme of study, you will be able to register online at home (Click here for a step by step guide to online registration) or on the Wits campus. 
  • Refer to the faculty information below to find your registration date.
  • The University cannot guarantee your place if you do not register on the day set aside for your programme and faculty.
  • Once enrolled, you can access self-service to view and print: Proof of registration, and your lecture timetable

6. Compulsory Online Survey

  • As part of developing a better understanding of the financial, educational and social needs of our students, the University is collecting biographic information from all first-year undergraduate students. Please note completing this section of the registration process is compulsory. The information obtained from this questionnaire will assist the University in offering relevant and responsive support throughout your studies. It will be treated with confidentiality. If you need help completing the questionnaire, please email us on

7. After you have registered

  • Once you have completed the online registration process, you will be required to come to campus to collect your student access card, information bag and parking permit (if applicable). Refer to Step 8 of the Online Registration Guide.

New first year students registration dates

Commerce, Law and Management

Online registration opens 10 January 2018

This applies to the degrees of:

Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Economic Science
Bachelor of Accounting Science

Students are urged to register as soon as possible in order to secure their place. With high demand for University places we cannot guarantee positions for students who register late.

Students who are experiencing problems with online registration are welcome to visit the Faculty in Flower Hall on Wednesday 17 January, 8am to 2pm for assistance. Students are also welcome to contact the Faculty Office for assistance with registration prior to this date (tel: 011 717 8007).

Wits Plus students

For Wits Plus part-time degrees, please register online between 8 January and 2 February 2018.

Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888 
Engineering & the Built Environment

Online registration: opens 7 January 2019, closes 14 January 2019 at 2pm

This applies to the degrees of:

Bachelor of Architecture
BSc Urban and Regional Planning
BScEng Electrical Engineering
BEngSc Biomedical Engineering
BEngSc Digital Arts
BSc Construction Studies
BSc Property Studies
BSc Eng Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering
BSc Eng Civil and Environmental Engineering
BSc Eng Mining Engineering
BSc Chemical Engineering
BSc Eng Metallurgy and Materials Engineering 


The following students are required to register in the Flower Hall on Monday 14 January 2019 between 8am and 2pm:

  • Undergraduate students with a RET outcome (i.e. students who are repeating)
  • Undergraduate students with a PSC outcome (i.e. students who are on a special curriculum)
  • Students with a MBR/MPB outcome (please bring conditions letter to registration)

Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888 

Health Sciences

Online Registration opens on 05 January 2018 

This applies to the degrees of:

Bachelor of Dental Science *
Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences *
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice *
Bachelor of Nursing
BSc (Occupational Therapy) *
BSc (Physiotherapy) *
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) *
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Biomedical and Biokinetics)
Bachelor of Pharmacy 

Assisted registration for applicants who are unable to register online: Flower Hall on 12 January, 8am to 2pm.

Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is compulsory for all students enrolling for programmes with an * above.
  • Details of the HPCSA registration process will be sent to applicants accepted to these programmes.
Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888

Online registration opens on 5 January 2018

For the following degrees:

BA (click here to see a short curriculum planning video)
BA in Dramatic Arts
BA in Law
BA in Fine Arts 
B in Audiology
B in Speech-Language Pathology
BA in Performing and Visual Arts
BA in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television
Bachelor of Education

On campus registration and curriculum counselling

  • BA students: 17 January 2018 Special Curriculum Counselling Session in Exams Hall, Robert Sobukwe Building, 8:30 am to 2pm
  • Education students: 19 January 2018 in Flower Hall, 8am to 2pm
  • All other students: 18 January 2018 in Flower Hall, 8am to 2pm
Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888


Wits Plus students

For Wits Plus part-time degrees: Online registration between 8 January and 2 February 2018.


Online registration opens 8 January 2018

Applies to the degree of Bachelor of Science

Students who are experiencing problems with online registration are welcome to visit the Faculty in Flower Hall on 16 January, 8am to 2pm for assistance.  

Actuarial Science applicants

  • If you have been offered a firm place, you are invited to attend a meeting on 8 January between either 11:00 to 13:00 or 14:00 to 16:00 in Room 225 of the Mathematical Sciences Building (2nd floor), Science Stadium.
  • If you have been waitlisted and still wish to be considered for Actuarial Science, you are required to attend a meeting on 9 January either between 11:00 to 14:00 (surnames A to Mb) or 14:30 to 17:30 (surnames Mc to Z) in Room 225 of the Mathematical Sciences Building (2nd floor), Science Stadium. 

Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888

Additional information

Welcome Day Sunday 28 January

All first year students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend Wits’ Welcome Day hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Students and President of the Student Representative Council.

Orientation Week 29 January to Friday 2 February

The orientation programme is designed to help you “get orientated” and learn more about university life.

How to access your Wits email address

As part of your registration a Wits e-mail account will automatically be created.  For detailed information on the steps to access your Wits E-mail, please visit 

Please take note that this e-mail account will be the formal communication platform the University will use for all electronic correspondence with you. It is therefore important that you check your student e-mail address regularly as the University will not use any personal e-mail address that you have set up (eg. Yahoo, Hotmail etc).

Please read the information contained in these documents

If you have any other queries, call the Student Call Centre at 011 717-1888 or email