University 101: Things to know about applying to University

Join Lou, the campus Kererū as they glide you through everything you need to know about the application process at Waipapa Taumata Rau — including how to choose what to study, student support, and where to get help.

Choosing what to study

Lou the campus Kererū will glide you through the process of deciding what to study and how to best explore your options.

Lou, the campus Kererū

Entry requirements

Learn about the three entry pathways into the University: 1) Guaranteed entry, 2) Alternative Pathways and 3) Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS).

Lou, the campus Kererū

Student support

We've got many free support services for our students — like confidential counselling, career advice, support services for the LGBTIQA+ community, and more!

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Tauira Māori support

Kia ora, Ko Lou te Kererū ahau. Ko tāku, he whakaatu ki a koutou, ngā kaupapa tautoko, mō ngā Tauira Māori.

Paying your fees, student loans, and student allowances

Join Lou for a kōrero about Fees Free, student loans, student allowances and living costs.

Preparing your documents

Once you have an idea of what you want to study, it’s a good idea to prepare any additional documents your degree programme requires to prevent any delays.

S.O.S where to get help?

Join Lou the campus Kererū for a kōrero about where to get help if you get stuck with your application.

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Application status and wait times

Find out what happens once you’ve applied and are waiting to hear if you have been successful, and how to check the status of your application.

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Application unsuccessful?

Don't worry! If you are declined, we have a number of alternative pathways including a one-year foundation certificate that will help you meet the requirements.

Take this handy quiz to discover your best study options based on your subject interests, career interests and personal qualities.

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Browse the study options section of our website to explore all our degree programmes.


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