Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS)

UTAS is the University’s Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes for eligible applicants who are Māori, Pacific, disabled, or from low socioeconomic or refugee backgrounds. UTAS reserves a number of places in our undergraduate programmes for applicants who have met the University Entrance (UE) standard but have not met the guaranteed entry score for the programme of their choice.

UTAS students are expected to meet the same high academic standards as all other undergraduate students at the University.

UTAS is available to eligible:

  • Māori applicants
  • Pacific applicants
  • Applicants with disabilities
  • Applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds (for the purposes of UTAS, school leavers* from decile 1-3 schools)
  • Applicants who have themselves or whose parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted refuge in New Zealand.

* UTAS applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds must be school leavers.

For more detailed information, see:

What support is available for UTAS students?

Our University provides a range of support for students who are admitted through UTAS, including:

  • Orientation
  • Help with course selection
  • Pastoral support
  • Academic tutorials
  • Tuākana Learning Community for Māori and Pacific students
  • Student Disability Services for students with Disabilities.

The University has taken all steps to ensure that the information on these pages is correct, but please note changes may occur. For the most up-to-date information, call 0800 61 62 63 or visit www.auckland.ac.nz/utas

UTAS student profiles

UTAS student Dexter Rapana, share her journey at the University of Auckland in the UTAS student profile.

How do I apply for UTAS?

Applicants who wish to be considered under UTAS must indicate/tick the appropriate box on their online application for admission form. Additional information could be required by some programmes. It is recommended that even if you do not wish to apply under a UTAS scheme that you tick the box/es that are applicable to you.


To find a list of frequently asked questions about UTAS, visit AskAuckland.


For more information, please contact us.