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Entry Requirements: Undergraduate

To enrol at Lincoln University you must be at least 16 years of age by 1st of January of the year in which you commence your study.

There are different ways you might meet our entry criteria for a bachelor's degree or undergraduate diploma at Lincoln. 

University Entrance (UE) through NCEA

This is New Zealand's University Entrance qualification and is the minimum requirement to qualify for admission to a bachelor degree or some diplomas:
  • NCEA level 3 (i.e. a minimum of 60 credits at level 3 or above plus 20 credits at level 2 or above); and
  • A minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of three approved subjects; and
  • Literacy – 5 reading credits and 5 writing credits at Level 2 or higher from standards on the NZQA list of university entrance literacy standards; and
  • Numeracy – 10 credits from standards on the NZQA list of numeracy standards, or all three of the following unit standards:
    26623, 26626, 26627.
For detailed information about the approved subject list and the university entrance literacy and numeracy requirements go to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website.

Earlier Qualifications

  • University Entrance through NCEA prior to 2014
  • University Entrance through New Zealand University Entrance, Bursaries and Scholarships (NZUEBS) examination prior to 2003
  • New Zealand University Entrance accredited or passed by examination prior to 1986.

Special Admission

Any New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident who will be 20 years of age on or before the first day of the semester in which they wish to begin their programme may be granted Special Admission.  You will be required to submit a CV and personal statement outlining the reason why you want to take this programme and how it will assist you to reach your career goals.  You may also be required to attend an interview.

Admission ad eundem statum at entrance level

This admission is for students who have taken alternative qualifications that have been assessed as being equivalent to the NCEA standard. Please apply if you believe you meet one of these criteria.
  • A year of study completed at an overseas high school as part of an exchange programme, with a total of at least 72 level 2 NCEA credits across four subjects (including three approved subjects).
  • A completed qualification from another country which is recognised as being equivalent to the New Zealand NCEA entrance standard. (If you are not sure, please apply and our Admission staff will assess your academic documents.)
  • Credits gained through NZIM or Young Enterprise certificates may be combined with NCEA credits to meet the equivalent standard in some circumstances.
  • University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in New Zealand, achieving all of the following:
    - 120 points on the UCAS tariff (in syllabus groups equivalent to equivalent to NCEA approved subjects)
    - A minimum grade of D at AS level or higher in at least three syllabus groups equivalent to NCEA approved subjects
    - A minimum grade of E in an English subject at AS level or the required NCEA credits
    - A minimum grade of D in Maths at IGCSE level or the required NCEA credits.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) and completed the Diploma with a minimum of 24 points, with English as Language A1 at either Higher or Standard level and any Mathematics subject.

Admission ad eundem statum with credit

Students transferring from another tertiary institution should apply for admission with credit. Credit is awarded to recognise the quality, nature, level and achievement of previous study taken at recognised tertiary institutions. Transferred credit can contribute to the total credit required to complete a Lincoln qualification and enable students to access courses at higher levels.
Please apply for credits using the Application for Assessment of Credit form (PDF 86KB) and send it to the Student Administration office along with an official copy of your academic record.   A credit assessment is free, however if credit is approved, there is a fee to have this credit placed on your academic record (Application Fee: $75.00).

Discretionary Entrance

Discretionary Entrance is a means of gaining entrance to university available to New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents who are under 20 years of age and who have not otherwise gained a university entrance qualification.  A student who has undertaken Year 13 beyond 1 June at a New Zealand secondary school may not normally be admitted under the Discretionary Entrance provisions before July in the following year.
The decision to award Discretionary Entrance is made by designated members of the University’s academic staff.  A successful applicant would be likely to have a minimum of 80 credits at NCEA Level 2 over four approved subjects, and the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance.  The number of credits achieved with merit and excellence will also be taken into account.   Applicants with qualifications other than NCEA will also be considered. 
Please complete the Discretionary Entrance application form (PDF 520KB) (Application fee: $60.00). 

Important notes for all applicants

If requested, applicants must provide acceptable verified proof of identification and citizenship.

New Zealand Citizenship
  • Your birth certificate if you were born in New Zealand
  • A New Zealand passport
  • A Certificate of New Zealand Citizenship.
New Zealand Permanent Residence
  • A passport with a Residence Permit or Returning Resident’s Visa
  • A letter from the New Zealand Immigration Service of the Labour Department together with your passport (if your permit has not yet been issued)
  • An Australian birth certificate or passport.  Australian citizens and permanent residents are classified as New Zealand permanent residents for the purpose of admission to a New Zealand University.
See below for information on verified copies.
English Language Requirement
Tuition for every course offered by Lincoln University is conducted in the English Language.  Within some courses, part of the tuition may be taught in Te Reo Māori.  Lincoln University requires all applicants to have an English language competency sufficient for academic purposes.  Any application for admission may be declined or your enrolment cancelled if you are unable to satisfy the University of your competence in English language or in Te Reo Māori.  Therefore all students whose first language is other than English need to satisfy Lincoln University’s English language requirements.
Approved English language tests with the minimum levels required for Undergraduate degrees and some diplomas are:
Lincoln University IELTS (Academic) TOEFL
English for Academic Purposes: 65% 6.0 no individual band less than 5.5 Overall score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Verified Documentation/Certified True Copies
Documentation to support your admission application must be either original or in the form of verified copies.  A verified copy of a document is a photocopy signed by someone in authority, who has seen the original document and checked that the photocopy is a genuine unaltered copy of that original.  The verifier must be an authorised person such as a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Court. In smaller communities, members of the community in positions of trust who are accessible to students, such as school principals, are also acceptable.
Please ensure that the person who verifies your document[s] prints their full name, address and uses their official stamp if they have one. Solicitors, registrars and Justices of the Peace usually have official stamps.  A list of Justices of the Peace can be found in the yellow pages of the phone book.
Lincoln University Student Administration staff will copy your original documents if you bring them in to the office to verify for admission purposes.
Please note:
  • The document must be in the name you are enrolling under or be supported by evidence of a name change by deed poll or marriage.
  • It is preferable for you to send verified copies, please do not send us the originals by post.
  • Lincoln University does not accept faxed or scanned copies.

If you have studied at a university in the past and have been excluded from further enrolment in that university or in a department, school, or faculty of that university on the grounds of unsatisfactory academic progress, then Lincoln University has the right to decline your admission, even if you meet one of the admission conditions above.  Please contact an Undergraduate Student Administrator for advice.

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Contact Student Administration

Phone: +64 3 423 0000
Freephone: 0800 10 60 10 (within New Zealand only)
Email: admissions@lincoln.ac.nz

Student Administration
PO Box 85084
Lincoln University
Lincoln 7647
New Zealand

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