University of Waikato: Statistics



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#638 of 14,131 In the World
#30 of 59 In Oceania
#6 of 8 In New Zealand
#148 of 1,039 For Early Childhood Education
Top50% For 174 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate71%
Admissions RequirementsNew Zealand Universities entrance, Bursaries and Scholarship Examination, or recognized foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarJanuary to November

We've calculated the 71% acceptance rate for University of Waikato based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of Waikato is a world-class research university with 22,729 scientific papers published and 507,739 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Political Science, Physics, Law, Sociology, and Geography and Cartography.


University of Waikato majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
14,542 / 294,792
Environmental Science
12,052 / 293,010
10,452 / 284,697
9,439 / 229,661
Computer Science
9,153 / 215,843
Political Science
9,121 / 161,862
8,677 / 217,012
8,560 / 156,595
8,023 / 139,052
Geography and Cartography
7,452 / 171,981
7,434 / 131,230
7,252 / 205,663
6,749 / 195,165
6,220 / 122,258
6,108 / 125,971
6,090 / 116,700
5,975 / 169,551
5,830 / 157,276
5,682 / 126,478
5,410 / 103,698
Quantum and Particle physics
5,390 / 146,263
4,862 / 121,357
4,641 / 150,943
3,954 / 129,377
3,826 / 67,116
Organic Chemistry
3,729 / 100,644
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
3,526 / 106,967
Art & Design
3,482 / 48,394
Materials Science
3,401 / 76,258
3,182 / 96,663
2,842 / 89,635
Development Studies
2,690 / 45,819
2,583 / 57,020
Social Psychology
2,495 / 59,055
Machine Learning
2,291 / 76,914
Education Majors
2,202 / 31,141
2,195 / 38,256
2,149 / 70,802
1,933 / 72,365
1,873 / 39,801

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 129 1259
1992 159 1371
1993 161 1379
1994 239 1424
1995 186 1566
1996 253 1819
1997 293 1774
1998 270 2046
1999 334 2494
2000 285 2599
2001 341 2846
2002 410 3529
2003 396 4332
2004 374 5110
2005 527 6265
2006 523 7162
2007 577 8481
2008 641 9633
2009 632 11068
2010 720 13319
2011 855 16238
2012 873 18533
2013 940 21714
2014 930 24072
2015 971 25194
2016 955 25629
2017 1197 26274
2018 1060 29026
2019 1139 32878
2020 1166 39129
2021 1225 45404
2022 1219 47063
2023 1151 48659
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The tuition table for University of Waikato gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Domestic Tuition Fee (NZD) International Tuition Fee (NZD)
Bachelor of Arts $6,650 $29,800
Bachelor of Science $7,010 $33,100
Bachelor of Commerce $7,010 $33,100
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) $8,570 $40,300
Bachelor of Laws $8,570 $40,300
Master of Business Administration $31,200 $43,200
Master of Science $9,360 $39,400
Doctor of Philosophy $7,010 $33,100

All tuition fees are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).

The University of Waikato has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Waikato.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Arts and Humanities, Banking, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Design, Environmental Management, Finance, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, International Studies, Law, Meteorology, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Sports, Teacher Training, Technology
Bachelor Honours Degree Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Data Processing, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Management, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Nursing, Software Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Psychology, Health Sciences, Higher Education Teacher Training, Information Technology, Psychology, Teacher Training, Vocational Counselling
Master's Degree Accountancy, Artificial Intelligence, Arts and Humanities, Bioengineering, Business Administration, Cell Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Criminology, Design, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Education, Educational Administration, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages Education, Health Sciences, Human Rights, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Law, Leadership, Management, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Performing Arts, Production Engineering, Protective Services, Psychology, Social Sciences, Software Engineering, Sports, Statistics, Teacher Training, Writing
Doctoral Degree Accountancy, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Austronesian and Oceanic Languages, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Cinema and Television, Computer Science, Demography and Population, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Education, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Finance, French, Geography, Geography (Human), Health Sciences, History, Human Resources, Indigenous Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy, Japanese, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Pacific Area Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Production Engineering, Protective Services, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Policy, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Statistics, Theatre, Tourism

University of Waikato alumni

  1. Jacinda Ardern

    Jacinda Ardern
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    1980-.. (age 44)
    Enrolled in the University of Waikato
    Studied in 2001

    Dame Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a New Zealand former politician who served as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party from 2017 to 2023. She was a Labour member of Parliament (MP) as a list MP from 2008 to 2017, and for Mount Albert from 2017 to 2023.

  2. Warren Gatland

    Warren Gatland
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    1963-.. (age 61)
    rugby union playerrugby union coach

    Warren David Gatland is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player who is the head coach of the Wales national team.

  3. Manasseh Sogavare

    Manasseh Sogavare
    Born in
    Papua New Guinea Flag Papua New Guinea
    1955-.. (age 69)

    Manasseh Damukana Sogavare is the prime minister of Solomon Islands, serving since 24 April 2019. He previously held the office in 2000–2001, 2006–2007 and 2014–2017; in all he has served over nine years as prime minister. Before becoming prime minister, Sogavare served in the National Parliament representing East Choiseul since 1997.

  4. Jerry Mateparae

    Jerry Mateparae
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    1954-.. (age 70)
    Enrolled in the University of Waikato
    Studied in 2008
    politicianmilitary personnel

    Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah Mateparae is a former New Zealand soldier who served as the 20th governor-general of New Zealand between 2011 and 2016, the second Māori person to hold the office, after Sir Paul Reeves. A former officer in the New Zealand Army, he was the Chief of the Defence Force from 2006 to 2011, and then served as the director of the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau for five months in 2011. Following his term as governor-general, Mateparae was the high commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom between 2017 and 2020.

All 63 notable alumni

University of Waikato faculties and divisions

Campus : Tauranga Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Mathematics and Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Performing Arts, Welfare and Protective Services
Campus Abroad : Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) Business Administration, Computer Graphics, Design, Finance, Graphic Design, Media Studies
College : University of Waikato College Business Administration, Computer Science, English
Department/Division : Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Arts and Humanities, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Design, Fine Arts, Law, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences
Department/Division : Education Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Teacher Training
Department/Division : Health, Engineering, Computing and Science Engineering, Health Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, Natural Sciences
School : Graduate Research Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Law, Management, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Pacific Area Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences
School : Management Management
School : Māori and Indigenous Studies Indigenous Studies, Pacific Area Studies, Sustainable Development

General information

Alternative names UoW
Founded 1964
Motto Ko te tangata
Colors red

Location and contacts

Address Private Bag 3105 Gate 1, Knighton Road
Hamilton, 3240
New Zealand
City population 177,000

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