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:

  • Our students receive a world-class education
    The University of Waikato is a consistent climber in the most prestigious international rankings. We've risen 127 places in the QS World University Rankings in five years, and the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings brought us up to the third equal in New Zealand.
  • Your child matters
    We are known as one of the friendliest universities in New Zealand. In our down-to-earth university community, we welcome and support everyone, as it’s important that each student has an enjoyable, safe and prosperous university experience.
  • Our students learn from the best
    Our teaching staff are world-leading, with vast knowledge and experience in their respective fields. Our academics are known for conducting groundbreaking research and achieving world firsts.
  • Culturally connected and diverse 
    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
    From the moment you step onto our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses, you know you’re in a great place. Our picturesque campuses have everything students need during their studies - a library, lecture theatres, student support services, cafes, banks, a gym, swimming pools, and more.

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