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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 last year, you will receive an SMS in January 2018 shortly after the results are announced, confirming your Firm Offer, if you have been offered a place. The University has place for approximately 5600 first year students and we have received almost 72 000 applications.
        • 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 Should you not do so, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to another student.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 appeals will be considered. NO telephone or email acceptances can be made and you may only accept one offer.
          • You may find that you have been placed on a waiting list/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 should a firm offer be made.

          • Please ensure that all required certified documentation for your academic qualifications has been provided to the Student Enrolment Centre in hard copy before you accept your Firm Offer. Applicants who upload academic qualifications via the Student Self Service Portal would need to comply with this requirement. International applicants would be advised to provide these as soon as their final results become available.
            Applicants who completed their NSC Grade 12 do not need to submit any documentation.

            2. Log In Information

              • Please note that to login to the self-service portal, access using the following details:
                Student ID =  Person Number
                Password = date of birth in YYMMDD format (only include the last two digits of your year of birth)

              3. BEFORE you register

              4. Registration

              • Refer to the faculty information below to find your online registration date. 

              5. 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 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 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.

              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 on 15 January 2018 between 08:00 - 18:00

              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 

              Register online on the student portal

              Engineering programmes

              Students who have not registered online must visit Flower Hall to register on 15 January between 8am and 2pm.

              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 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 this document

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


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