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New first year students

The following information outlines the process for registration – please read it carefully.

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

  • If you have completed the National Senior Certificate or an equivalent school-leaving qualification this year, you will receive an SMS in January 2020 shortly after the results are announced, confirming your firm offer.
  • Please access https://self-service.wits.ac.za 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 Should you not do so, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to another student.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. Student Self-Service Portal

  • Students will need to access the self-service portal at various stages of their registration. Your log in details are as follows:
    Student ID = Person Number
    Password = date of birth in YYMMDD format.

3. Have you made arrangements for your fees and/or funding?

  • Information on fees, terms and conditions, and funding: 
    • Please visit the Fees and Funding website for information on the fee estimator, fees, various funding options, scholarships and bursaries. 
    • The Fees Office and Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices are also available to answer queries prior to and during registration.
      • Fees office Tel: 011 717 1531 or 011 717 1888 
      • Financial Aid and Scholarships Office: click here
      • Offices are located on the ground floor of Solomon Mahlangu (Senate) House, Braamfontein East Campus
  • First Payment:
    • All self-funded students are required to make a first fee payment towards fees BEFORE registration. This is a standard amount of R9340 that is applicable to all students.  Students will not be able to register if this amount is not paid. If paying by EFT, please pay 4 days prior to registration in order for the payment to clear.
    • If you cannot make this payment, you will be required to apply for a postponement. All fees for the year will then be due by the end of March. Students can apply for the postponement on the Online Registration accessible on the student self-service portal
    • You can only apply for a postponement if you have been offered, and have accepted, a place in a programme.
    • The first fee payment is not applicable if you:
      • have been made a provisional offer for NSFAS funding for 2020;
      • have been given a full Wits University Scholarship;
      • fall within the funding threshold – i.e. your family earnings are below R350 000 per annum. If you fall into this category, you will be required to request a postponement of the first fee payment via the self-service portal;
      • You can present proof to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office that you have been awarded an external bursary or scholarship.

4. Registration / Enrolment

  • Registration is the process by which you formally enrol at the University.
  • Each faculty has specific dates and deadlines for registration. You must complete your registration within these times as failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. Please see below for the faculty dates of registrationand remember to bring your ID document with you.
  • Most students are able and encouraged to register online, off campus. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to registeronline. You will be asked for the following information duringonline registration:
    • Confirmation of Personal Details
    • Medical Aid details where applicable
    • If you wish to be considered for a funding opportunity, an indication of your annual household income
    • If your curriculum is flexible, the courses you wish to register for.
  • Some students, depending on their programme and curriculum-counselling requirements, may need to register on campus on a specific day. Please see below for the faculty dates of registration and more information on the process of registration.
  • Once enrolled, you will be able to view and print proof of registration as well as your timetable.

5. Biographical Questionnaire (BQ)

  • As part of developing a better understanding of the financial, educational and social needs of our students, the University collects biographical information from all first-year undergraduate students. The information obtained from this questionnaire will assist the University in offering relevant and responsive support throughout your studies.
  • Students may be required to reset their password on the self-service portal to complete the survey. Should you experience any difficulties with the password, please contact Wits ICT at 011 717 1717. For any queries regarding the questionnaire, please contact bqhelp.BIS@wits.ac.za | 011 717 1175.
  • To download the one page guide to completing the BQ, click here. For a more detailed guide to completing the BQ, click here.

6. After you have registered online

  • 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). 
    • First year students, collect your registration bag from Hall 29 or from the Student Enrolment Centre after the January registration period.
    • Collect or renew your "Kudu" card from any Kudu Card Office.
    • You are required to provide proof of identification, such as your ID document, valid passport or driver's licence.

7. Welcome Day and Orientation

  • As a new Witsie, you and your parents/guardians are invited to celebrate the beginning of your extraordinary and exciting new journey with us. Welcome Day will take place on Sunday 26 January 2020 on the Library Lawns and will include an address by Prof. Adam Habib and the SRC President. 
  • Orientation for all new first year students takes place from 27 to 31 January 2020.  

New first year students registration dates

Commerce, Law and Management

Online Registration

  • Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 10 January 2020 and closes on 16 January 2020
  • Register online on the student portal
  • Click here for a guide to online registration.

Assisted / On-campus Registration

For students who are unable to register online, or who have special curriculum requirements, the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management is available for assisted registration on campus as follows:

  • First year undergraduate students on 16 January 2020 from 08h00 to 14h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus

Please note that these dates are the last dates for registration, both online and assisted registration, and failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. For queries, please contact your faculty office.

 

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

Online Registration

Assisted / On-campus Registration

For students who are unable to register online, or who have special curriculum requirements, the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment is available for assisted registration on campus as follows:

  • First year undergraduate students on 14 January 2020 from 08h00 to 14h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus

Please note that these dates are the last dates for registration, both online and assisted registration, and failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. For queries, please contact your faculty office.

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

Online Registration

  • Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 9 January 2020 and closes on 13 January 2020
  • Register online on the student portal
  • Click here for a guide to online registration

On-campus Registration

For students who have special curriculum requirements or who are unable to register online, or, the Faculty of Health Sciences is available for registration on campus as follows:

  • First year undergraduate students on 13 January 2020 from 08h00 to 14h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus.

Please note that these dates are the last dates for registration, both online and assisted registration, and failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. For queries, please contact your faculty office.

Additional information

  • Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is compulsory for selected programmes. Details of HPCSA registration will be sent to applicants who are accepted into these programmes.
Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888
Humanities

Online Registration

  • Humanities (other than Education): Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 10 January 2020 and closes on 17 January 2020
  • Bachelor of Education: Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 10 January 2020 and closes on 20 January 2020
  • Register online on the student portal
  • Click here for a guide to online registration. 

Assisted / On-campus Registration

For students who are unable to register online, or who have special curriculum requirements, the Faculty of Humanities is available for assisted registration on campus as follows:

  • Humanities (other than Education): First year undergraduate students on 17 January 2020 from 08h00 to 15h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus
    • 08h00 to 11h30 for students with surnames beginning with A through to M
    • 11h30 to 15h00 for students with surnames beginning with N through to Z
  • Bachelor of Education: First year undergraduate students on 20 January 2020 from 08h00 to 15h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus
    • 08h00 to 11h30 for students with surnames beginning with A through to M
    • 11h30 to 15h00 for students with surnames beginning with N through to Z

Curriculum Orientation

All new first-year Bachelor of Education students must attend a compulsory curriculum orinetation to be held on 17 January from 08h00 to 14h00 at the Education / Parktown campus. Click here for more information on the curriculum orientation. 

Curriculum counselling is not compulsory for all other first-year Humanities students. Curriculum advisors will be present at the assisted registration on 17 January at Hall 29 for any queries.

Please note that failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. For queries, please contact your faculty office.

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

Online Registration

  • Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 10 January 2020 and closes on 15 January 2020
  • Register online on the student portal
  • Click here for a guide to online registration

Assisted / On-campus Registration

For students who are unable to register online, or who have special curriculum requirements, the Faculty of Science is available for assisted registration on campus as follows:

  • First year undergraduate students on 15 January 2020 from 08h00 to 14h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus

Please note that these dates are the last dates for registration, both online and assisted registration, and failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. For queries, please contact your faculty office.

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

Online Registration

  • Online registration opens on 10 January 2020 and closes on 18 January 2020

Assisted / On-campus Registration

  • For students who are unable to register online, or who have special curriculum-requirements, Wits Plus is available for assisted registration on Saturday 18 January from 09h00 to 14h00 at Hall 29, Braamfontein West Campus.

Please note that these dates are the last dates for registration, both online and assisted registration, and failure to register by these times may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time. For queries, please contact Wits Plus.

Orientation

  • Orientation specifically for Wits Plus student takes place on campus on Saturday 1 February from 09h30. Further communication will be sent to you in due course. Term 1 commences Monday 3 February.
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