Information for Parents and Whānau
University is an exciting chapter in any student's life, and as a parent you will play a key role in advising and supporting your child through their transition to tertiary study. This page is full of information to help you through this change.
At Waikato, our students tell us we are the friendliest university in New Zealand. We've got a low staff-to-student ratio which gives our students better access to lecturers, support staff and tutors. We've also got a formidable reputation for providing a future-focused and international education.
- 12 subjects in the top 250 worldwide (QS Subject rankings)
- Triple Crown Accredited Waikato Management School - top 1% of business schools worldwide
- Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) accredited engineering programmes.
There's a lot to think about when you're planning for university. We've broken it down for you to simplify the process:
Choosing a Course
Helping your teenager choose a course that is right for them
Find the right fit
It's important to remember that a degree opens many opportunities, and doesn't limit your child to just one career. There are lots of ways to determine what degree would best suit your child, but a good place to start is considering what school subjects they are good at and enjoy, and then checking out what subjects are available at Waikato.
Get the right advice
Some students are very clear on what they want to study, and others are unsure -either way it can be very helpful to get some advice. Set up an appointment with a Future Student Adviser to chat about study options, accommodation, scholarships and course-planning and to ask any other questions that you may have.
NCEA subject selection
Choosing the right subjects can be important for being accepted into particular courses at university. Read the entry requirements for the various degree programmes that your son or daughter may be considering. There may be specific prerequisites or NCEA subjects that should be taken.
Halls of Residence options at the University of Waikato
Our on-campus Halls of Residence are the ideal place for first year students to settle into University life. With full academic and social orientation, all meals provided, Halls events, academic tutoring, social support and 24/7 campus security your child will be well taken care of.
All our fully-catered Halls of Residence have one student per room, free wireless internet access, computer and laundry facilities, a TV room, leisure room and bike and motorbike sheds. Linen can also be hired for $250 a year if required. For information on accommodation costs click here.
Scholarships on offer at the University of Waikato
School leaver scholarships - value up to $7,000
We offer a generous range of school leaver, sports, arts and leadership scholarships to financially assist students with their studies. Scholarships can offer more than just financial benefits, they can also offer mentoring, support and work opportunities.
If you pass NCEA Level 2 with Merit of Excellence (or equivalent for CIE or IB) you'll automatically receive a scholarship - no application required. The value of these scholarships will vary depending on whether you achieve Merit or Excellence, or a combination of both, at NCEA Levels 2 and 3 (or equivalent for CIE or IB). These scholarships can be put towards either tuition fees or accommodation in our Halls of Residence.
If you've taken a gap year between school and university, you may still be eligible for a school leaver scholarship, but you will need to apply.
Click here for full details on eligibility.
Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme - Up to $10,000 per year
The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme educates future leaders at the University of Waikato. Professional development opportunities and fees support are provided to students who excel in academia, leadership, sport, or creative and performing arts.
For further information on these scholarships and others available to school leavers, check out the scholarships page.
Supporting your student
Supporting your son or daughter during their university experience
University is a whole new experience for students. Your child can expect:
A much larger student population
The student population at university will be significantly larger than at any New Zealand high school. We have around 12,000 students studying here, who come from all over the country and around the world.
The friendships formed during the first few months of university often last a lifetime. Many students will be getting to know a completely new city, along with fitting into the university culture and campus lifestyle.
As a parent, you can encourage your child by encouraging them to plan for university. This might be in the form of showing them how to budget, fostering independence or assisting them with applications or enrolment.
They'll have lots of support on-campus too. We offer medical services for students (including GP consultations and counselling), financial advice, learning assistance and much more. If your child is going straight into the Halls of Residence, they'll be moving into a support network where they'll have access to social and academic support.
There are several ways students can gain admission to study at the University of Waikato, find out more here.
Fees and Costs
Fees are calculated individually so that students pay a fee that reflects the papers that they choose. Each paper that is offered by the University has a seperate tuition fee and fees are adjusted annually. The most up to date information on fees can be found here.
If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact our Future Student Advisers who will be happy to answer any queries about study at Waikato. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 WAIKATO