University of the Witwatersrand

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University of the Witwatersrand


University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (/ vətˈvɑːtəsrɑːnt /) is a public research university in South Africa with multiple campuses north of central Johannesburg. Well known as Witt University or Witt (/ vəts / or / viːts /). Universities, like Johannesburg and Witwatersrand in general, have roots in the mining industry. Founded in 1896 as Kimberley’s South African Mining School, the university is the third oldest ongoing South African university.

40,259 students enrolled in the university in 2018, about 20% of whom live on the university’s 17 dormitory campuses. 63% of all university enrollments are undergraduates, 35% are graduates, and the remaining 2% are casual students.

How to Apply Online

Are you currently writing or completing the NSC Matrix? In that case, please read the following information regarding admission requirements.

Note: This is a guideline only. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee space. The final choice depends on the availability of the study location, research results, and other admission requirements, if applicable.

How to Apply;

To apply, go to

  • You may apply for a maximum of three programs (order of choice does not matter).
  • Do you meet the admission requirements for your degree of choice?
  • Apply before the closing date.
  • Apply using your names as they appear on your ID book/card or passport (do not use initials or nicknames).
  • If you apply for two programs within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one program in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce, or Science).
  • Try to keep your study options open, especially when applying for programs in faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering.
  • Do not enter the duration of the program. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.
  • In accordance with the POPI Act, applicants are required to complete their own applications and accept the University’s legal declaration of indemnity and undertaking. The University will not engage with third-party agents facilitating applications on behalf of applicants.

University of the Witwatersrand Application Closing Dates 

  • 30 June 2023 – Faculty of Health Sciences (all programs); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV
  • 30 September 2023 – All other University programs
  • 30 September 2023 – Residence applications

Wit edits scores for all subjects based on:

That English should be used as the native language or as the first additional language.

Mathematics is essential for all numerical programs in engineering and construction environments, commerce, law and administration, and the natural sciences.

Mathematics literacy is accepted to some extent (see Admission Requirements (NSC)).

Wit does not distinguish between designated and undesignated subjects when calculating the Admission Score (APS)

APS calculation is based on the best seven subjects, including life direction

 Payment Procedure;

Use your student number as a reference on the M65 form, to enable immediate payment allocation.

Bank: First National Bank

Account Number: 622 7055 1015

Branch Code: 210 554

Branch: Braamfontein

SWIFT Code: FIRNZAJJ (International students only)

Reference: Student number (ONLY)

General inquiries

Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1000

Admission inquiries

Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1888