University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university. To qualify you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
    • 5 credits in reading
    • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
    • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.

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Rank scores

Some universities offer you guaranteed entry if you reach their guaranteed entry rank score (unless there are also other entry requirements).

Your rank score summarises your best NCEA results into points and:

  • is based on your University Entrance-approved subjects
  • is calculated on your best NCEA Level 3 credits
  • allocates higher points for excellence and merit grades.

Qualifications may have different minimum rank scores for enrolment. For example:

  • a Bachelor of Arts might have a minimum rank score of 150 points
  • a Bachelor of Commerce might have a minimum rank score of 210 points.




Other requirements for entering university

Depending on the course you want to enrol in, and who provides it, you may also need to:

  • pass particular NCEA subjects or achievement standards
  • attend an interview or audition
  • provide a portfolio
  • have relevant voluntary or paid work experience
  • pass police checks
  • provide references




Entry Requirements & Information for NZ Universities

The University of Auckland

Canterbury University of Canterbury

University of Otago

Victoria University of Wellington

The University of Waikato