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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 2019 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 Should you not do so, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to another student.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, 2019 fees, various funding options, scholarships and bursaries.

  • First Payment:
    • All self-funded students are required to make a first payment towards fees BEFORE you can register. This is a standard amount of  R9340. Should you not make payment or apply for a deferment you will not be able to register.
    • If you cannot make this payment, you will be required to apply for a deferment. This means you will be required to sign Acknowledgement of Debt (AoD) indicating that you will make payment by 30th March 2019. You can only complete the Acknowledgement of Debt if you have been offered, and have accepted, a place in a programme. To complete the Acknowledgment of Debt, log in to the self-service portal.

    • The first fee payment is not applicable if you:
    • have been made a provisional offer for NSFAS funding for 2019;
    • have been given a full Wits University Scholarship;
    • fall within the new 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 deferral 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 of scholarship.
    • Fees office, Tel: 011 717 1531 or 011 717 1888 Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, click here.

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 registration, and remember to bring your ID document with you.
  • Most students are able and encouraged to register online. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to register online.
  • 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.a.ca | 011 717 1173 / /1164.
  • To download the 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 the Student Enrolment Centre.
    • Collect or renew your "Kudu" card from any Kudu Card Office.
    • You are required to provide proof of identification, such as your ID document, passport or driver's licence.

New first year students registration dates

Commerce, Law and Management

Online Registration

  • Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 7 January 2019 and closes on 16 January 2019
  • 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 2019 from 08h00 to 14h00
  • Click here for a guide to assisted registration.

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 2019 from 08h00 to 16h00.
    • 08h00 to 10h00 for students with surnames beginning with A through to G
    • 10h00 to 12h00 for students with surnames beginning with H through to M
    • 12h00 to 14h00 for students with surnames beginning with N through to R
    • 12h00 to 16h00 for students with surnames beginning with S through to Z
  • Click here for a guide to assisted registration.

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

  • Click here for information on the Engineering Common First Year Curricular
  • Students who are on a special curriculum (PSC outcome) are required to register on campus
  • Students with a MBR / MPB outcome are required to bring conditions letter to on-campus registration
  • Students who are repeating (RET outcome) are required to register on campus
Need help? Contact the Student Call Centre: 011 717 1888 
Health Sciences

Online Registration

  • Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 7 January 2019 and closes on 11 January 2019
  • 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 11 January 2019 from 08h00 to 14h00 on Braamfontein West Campus.
  • Click here for a guide to registration on campus for first-time first year students. 

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 7 January 2019 and closes on 17 January 2019
  • Bachelor of Education: Online registration for first-time first year students opens on 7 January 2019 and closes on 18 January 2019
  • 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 2019 from 08h00 to 16h00.
    • 08h00 to 10h00 for students with surnames beginning with A through to G
    • 10h00 to 12h00 for students with surnames beginning with H through to M
    • 12h00 to 14h00 for students with surnames beginning with N through to R
    • 12h00 to 16h00 for students with surnames beginning with S through to Z
  • Bachelor of Education: First year undergraduate students on 18 January 2019 from 08h00 to 16h00
    • 08h00 to 10h00 for students with surnames beginning with A through to G
    • 10h00 to 12h00 for students with surnames beginning with H through to M
    • 12h00 to 14h00 for students with surnames beginning with N through to R
    • 12h00 to 16h00 for students with surnames beginning with S through to Z
  • Click here for a guide to assisted registration.

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 7 January 2019 and closes on 15 January 2019
  • 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 2019 from 08h00 to 14h00
  • Click here for a guide to assisted registration.

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 7 January 2019 and closes on 26 January 2019

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 campus as follows on Saturday 26 January from 09h00 until 14h00.

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.

Additional information

  • Orientation specifically for Wits Plus student takes place on campus on Saturday 2 February from 09h30. Further communication will be sent to you in due course. Term 1 commences Monday 4 February.

Welcome Day and Orientation Week

Welcome Day Sunday 27 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. Click here for more information.

Orientation Week 28 January to Friday 1 February

The orientation programme is designed to help you “get orientated” and learn more about university life. The programme will run daily across all campuses. Once on the Orientation website, click on your Faculty to get the full programme. Click here for more information.

Residence students

Residence One-Stop Shop for first year students - Saturday 26 January

All first time first year students making use of the Wits Residences are required to register with the Residence Office on Saturday 26 January between 09h00 and 15h00.

Residence registration will take place at Flower Hall (the same venue as registration as a student). Students will be escorted directly from Flower Hall to their residence on the day. You must already have enrolled at the University as a student in order to register with residence. For any queries please contact the Central Accommodation Office.

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