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.
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.
Choosing a Course
Helping your child 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 many 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 the subjects that 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 one of our friendly and knowledgeable Future Student Advisers to chat about study options, accommodation, scholarships and course-planning and to ask any other questions that you may have about our university.
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 child may be considering. There may be specific prerequisites or NCEA subjects that should be taken.
There are several ways students can gain admission to study at the University of Waikato, find out more.
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 separate tuition fee and fees are adjusted annually. The most up to date information on fees can be found here.
Halls of Residence options at the University of Waikato
A room in one of our Halls is so much more than simply a place to live; it comes with a built-in social life, full support and endless opportunities. At the University of Waikato we have four Halls of Residence, our Halls 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.
Scholarships on offer at the University of Waikato
We believe in rewarding your child's academic and sporting achievements, and we know that a helping hand with fees and accommodation costs will go a long way towards turning a smart brain into a great mind. We have a broad range of scholarships available, including:
School leaver scholarships - value up to $7,000
We offer a generous range of school leaver 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.
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 child
Supporting your child during their university experience
University is a whole new experience for students, many will be getting to know a completely new city, along with fitting into the university culture, campus lifestyle and making new friends.
As a parent, you can encourage your child by encouraging them to plan for university.
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