WITS New Year Student Registration 2021 | How to Register

WITS New Year Student Registration 2021 | How to Register as a New First-Year Student in 2021.

Applicants/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.


  • If you have completed the National Senior Certificate or an equivalent school-leaving qualification this year, you will receive an SMS in February 2021 shortly after the results are announced, confirming your firm offer.
  • Visit the self-service portal to view your status and accept your offer
  • 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 Should you not do so, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to another student.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.
  • Click here for the Acceptance Guide.


  • 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 South African students.  Students will not be able to register if this amount is not paid. Payments via EFT should be made 4 days in advance in order to clear before registration.
    • If you cannot make this payment by the time you register, you will be required to apply for a postponement to pay full fees by the end of April. Students can complete the postponement on the student self-service portal and proceed immediately with Online Registration
    • 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 2021;
      • 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.
      • Are an international student.
  •  International students
    • must pay 75% of the annual tuition fee and other related costs, as well the on-campus accommodation fee on or before registration.
    • must be cleared by the International Students Office before registering. For clearance information to enable you to register click here
    • The International Students Office is also available to answer queries. For contact details click here
  • Information on fees, terms and conditions, and funding: 
    • 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
    • The Fees Office and Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices are also available to answer queries from January.
  • Please visit the Fees and Funding website for information on the fee estimator, fees, various funding options, scholarships and bursaries.


  • Registration is the process by which you formally enrol at the University. Most students can register online from home using the Self-Service Portal and are encouraged to register off-campus. Should you be unable to complete your registration online, or if you need assistance such as curriculum counselling, you may register on campus at Assisted Registration.
  • Each faculty has specific dates and deadlines for both Online and Assisted Registration (scroll down to view faculty dates). You must complete your registration within these times or your offer may be withdrawn. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time.
  • Avoid the crowds and register online! Click here for a step-by-step guide. You will be asked for the following information during online 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.
    • Should you require parking, please apply for a Parking Permit on the self-service portal.
  • Should you be unable to register online, or if you have special requirements, you may register on campus at Assisted Registration on the specific dates for your Faculty (scroll down to view faculty dates).  The Fees, Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, International Students Office, Faculty, and Student Enrolment Centre are available at Assisted Registration. You will also be able to collect your student card, parking permit, and goodie-bag at Assisted Registration. Remember to bring your ID document with you to Assisted Registration.
  • Once enrolled, you will be able to access more functionality on the Self-service Portal, such as proof of registration as well as your timetable.
  • Online Biographical Questionnaire: Please complete this survey while registering on the self-service portal. The University collects biographical information from all first-year undergraduate students to develop a better understanding of the financial, educational and social needs of our 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 | 011717 1173/75.
    • To download the one-page guide to completing the BQ, click here. For a more detailed guide to completing the BQ, click here.


  • If you register online, you will need to come to campus to collect the following:
    • A registration goodie-bag from Hall 29 or from the Student Enrolment Centre after Registration Week.
    • Collect or your “Kudu” student 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.
    • Parking permit if parking is required. (Complete your application for parking on the self-service portal, and then collect your sticker from the Parking Office)


  • Orientation for all new first year students takes place in the afternoons from 1 to 5 March. A detailed programme will be published here soon.
  • Students are invited to celebrate the start of an extraordinary and exciting new journey with Wits at a Welcome Day event. Dates and programmes to be published here soon.

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