All you need to know about KNUST as a fresher

All you need to know about KNUST as a fresher

Welcome to KNUST, fresher! Congratulations on being accepted to the most prestigious university in Ghana, West Africa, and 12th best in Africa! You’re about to embark on an incredible journey. Your time here will be filled with learning, new experiences, and challenges.

But don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are thousands of other freshers here, and we’re all in this together.

As a fresher, there is more to do to get ready for university than just gaining admission, printing out your provisional letters, and finding accommodation. In this article, we will start with academics and end with all the fun stuff!


All you need to know about KNUST as a Fresher

As stated earlier, we will start with academics and end with all the fun stuff!

Your Course Registration

Freshers, especially, will be glad to know that they can register for their semester courses from the comfort of their homes, using their smartphones or computers.

KNUST typically opens online course registration before the start of the semester, while biometric registration is done on campus. However, you can complete both registration steps on reporting day as long as the registration period is still open. The registration period typically closes a week after the semester begins. To register your courses online, you must have paid your school fees in full.

By doing so, you can easily and efficiently register for your KNUST semester courses and get started on your studies.

NOTE: Registering for KNUST semester courses is now easier than ever, thanks to the KNUST student portal and the AIM app.

Click Here ->> How to register your KNUST Semester courses

Biometric Registration

When you arrive at KNUST, go to one of the biometric registration centers to register your fingerprints. Depending on the procedures, you may need to do this before registering online. However, you will need to do both eventually.

Biometric registration centers are sometimes set up in the various halls of residence and colleges.

Some of the biometric registration centres include:

  • Huawei ICT Centre
  • SMS ICT Centre
  • CAP computer lab
  • CoE computer lab
  • FRNR computer lab
  • Faculty of Agriculture computer lab


The AIM app, or Academic Information Manager, is a must-have for every KNUST student. It gives you access to everything academic-related, including your student profile, semester results, and course materials. You can download the app for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Departments and Faculties in KNUST

The university is structured into several colleges, each housing a number of faculties and departments.

Each faculty is composed of several departments, each specializing in a specific area within their respective fields. This structure allows KNUST to offer a wide range of programs to its students, catering to a diverse set of interests and career goals. We will list all the faculties in KNUST!

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Forest Resource Technology
  • Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources

College of Science

  • Faculty of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Physical and Computational Studies

College of Engineering

  • Faculty of Civil and Geo-Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

College of Art and Built Environment

  • Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Built Environment

College of Health Sciences

  • Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Veterinary Medicine 

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • KNUST School of Business

Read More: Complete List of Departments and Faculties in KNUST

Understanding the CWA

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) uses a Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) grading system. This means that your overall grade is calculated by taking the average of your grades for all the courses you have taken.

To calculate the CWA for a first year and first-semester student at KNUST, divide the total weighted marks earned by the total number of credits attempted. To calculate weighted marks, multiply the percentage score for each course by the number of credit hours for that course.

You may not be familiar with this concept yet, but you will become more comfortable with it as the semester goes on. See our official guide on how to calculate the cumulative weighted average (CWA).


One of the best things about being a KNUST student is the free Wi-Fi. It’s fast, reliable, and can be accessed on multiple devices using your username and password.

The Wi-Fi is regulated to prevent access to certain websites, but students have found ways to get around these restrictions.

Use the Wi-Fi to your advantage by learning new things, watching tutorials, or taking online courses. It’s a great way to add value to yourself as a student and prepare for your future career.

Top Food Joints on Campus

Foodies unite! KNUST campus is a smorgasbord of delicious eats, from Queens Hall’s legendary fried yam to Indece’s sweet and creamy porridge. Whether you’re craving Ghanaian classics like kenkey and waakye, or something more international like Chinese or Indian food, you’re sure to find it here.

So next time you’re feeling hungry, ditch the dining hall and head out to explore the many food joints on campus. Your taste buds will thank you!

Hall Week Celebrations

History of the Katanga

Hall week celebrations at KNUST are a big deal, but Repu Hall Week is the biggest of them all. It’s a week of non-stop partying, dancing, and fun. Students from all over campus and even other universities come to celebrate, and the hall is always packed to the brim.

So what makes Repu Hall Week so special? Well, for one thing, the Repu students are known for being the most fun-loving and energetic students on campus. They’re always up for a good time, and they know how to throw a party.

Second, Repu Hall Week always has an amazing lineup of events. There’s everything from fashion shows to concerts to sporting events. And of course, no Repu Hall Week would be complete without the infamous “things” that happen. (I’m not going to say what they are, but you can use your imagination.)

If you’re looking for a wild and unforgettable hall week experience, then Repu Hall Week is the place for you. Just be prepared for the crowds!


What do I pack for school?

Packing for KNUST: Don’t forget the party essentials!

KNUST is a great place to learn, but it’s also a lot of fun. That’s why it’s important to pack the party essentials, along with your school supplies.

Here’s a checklist:

  • Suitcase (to pack your clothes and other belongings)
  • Laptop (for schoolwork and streaming Netflix)
  • Pendrive (to store all your important files)
  • Buckets (for laundry and other chores)
  • Cooking utensils and cutlery (to make your own meals)
  • Iron (to keep your clothes looking sharp)
  • Electric stove (no gas cookers allowed on campus)
  • Provisions (optional, but snacks are always a good idea)
  • Mini refrigerator (optional, but great for keeping your drinks cold)
  • Microwave (optional, but convenient for heating up food)
  • Money (very necessary, especially for those late-night pizza runs)
  • Beddings (to make your dorm room feel cozy)
  • Toiletries (so you can stay fresh and clean)
  • Stationery (for taking notes and writing essays)
  • Passport pictures (for hall registrations)
  • Backpack (to carry all your stuff to class)
  • Extension board (so you can plug in all your electronics)
  • Rice cooker (optional, but great for making quick and easy meals)
  • Blender (optional, but perfect for making smoothies and milkshakes)
  • Appropriate clothes for lectures and church (don’t forget to pack your Sunday best!)

Once you have all your essentials packed, don’t forget to add the party essentials! be sure to pack some clothes that you can dance in and some comfortable shoes.

And that’s it! You’re now ready to pack for KNUST and start your new adventure. Have fun!


University is a time to excel academically and become the best version of yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

University education is more than just passing exams. It’s about opening your mind and learning new things. Go the extra mile to understand the material, especially for practical courses.

Here’s a tip:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Your professors and TAs are there to support you. And don’t forget to make friends with your classmates. You can help each other learn and succeed.

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