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.

Why choose the University of Waikato?

There are many reasons why the University of Waikato is the best place for your child to experience the rewards and challenges of tertiary study:

  • World-class education.
    We are proud to be in the top 1.1% in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings — we've jumped 100 places in just four years, a reflection of our ability to challenge, inspire and prepare our students to lead change.
  • Your child matters.
    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.
  • Learn from the best.
    Our teaching staff are world-leading, with vast knowledge and experience in their respective fields.
  • Culture and diversity.
    We recognise and value the diversity of our students, we have many support services available to ensure your experience at Waikato is a great one.
  • Unique university experience.
    Our University is set in 68 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds with three lakes. We have fantastic facilities available to our students including UniRec gym, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, library, banks, cafés, student support and our Halls of Residence. Throughout the year we host numerous events on campus, and there's an array of clubs and societies that your child can join.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact our Future Student Advisers who will be happy to answer any queries about studying at Waikato.

Email or call 0800 WAIKATO