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Entry Requirements

Learn what you'll need to meet our entry criteria for an undergraduate degree. There are several ways you can qualify for a bachelor's degree or undergraduate diploma.

Entry Requirements

Learn what you'll need to meet our entry criteria for an undergraduate degree. There are several ways you can qualify for a bachelor's degree or undergraduate diploma.

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 to some of our 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).
Prior to NCEA, other qualifications were approved as New Zealand's University Entrance qualification and these are still acceptable. Please contact the Admission staff in Student Administration. 

Special Admission (20+)

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 may 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

Students who have passed qualifications other than NCEA can apply. If you studied in New Zealand, one of the following will be acceptable:
  • 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.
If you studied other qualifications, or you studied outside New Zealand, please check the link above for more detail or contact Admission staff.

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 Credit Application form  (PDF 262 KB) 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. (Fee: $100.00)

Discretionary Entrance

New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents who are under 20 years of age and who have not otherwise gained a university entrance qualification may be eligible to apply for Discretionary Entrance.  A student who has been enrolled as a Year 13 student beyond 1 June at a New Zealand secondary school is not normally eligible to be admitted through Discretionary Entrance before July in the following year.
The decision to grant Discretionary Entrance is made by designated members of the University’s academic staff.  Successful applicants would be expected 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.  We may expect support from the Principal of your school and we would expect that the study you had taken would be highly relevant to your proposed study at Lincoln. Applicants with qualifications other than NCEA will also be considered. 
Please complete the  Discretionary Entrance application form (PDF 487 KB), Application fee: $60.00. 

Important notes for all applicants

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

New Zealand Citizenship
  • Birth certificate, if you were born in New Zealand
  • New Zealand passport
  • Certificate of New Zealand Citizenship.
New Zealand Permanent Residence
  • Passport with a Residence Permit or Returning Resident’s Visa
  • A letter from Immigration New Zealand together with your passport (if your permit has not yet been issued)
  • 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.
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  its students to be sufficiently competent in English to enable them to take part in academic study successfully.  
Therefore all students whose first language is not English need to satisfy Lincoln University’s English language requirements.
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. 
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. 
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.

Want more information?

Contact the Student Administration Admission staff.

Phone: +64 3 423 0044
Freephone: 0800 10 60 10 (within New Zealand only)

Student Administration
PO Box 85084
Lincoln University
Lincoln 7647
New Zealand

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