Waikato Pathways College

About the University of Waikato

Academic excellence and world-leading research

The University of Waikato prepares students to lead change, tackling national and global issues head-on. As a graduate of the University of Waikato, you can be confident you have gained the professional and personal skills to be successful in the modern world.

The University of Waikato is ranked #266 in the world and #72 for quality and impact of research in the QS World University Rankings 2020. With a wide variety of specialisms to choose from for your degree, you can be assured that you will graduate with a world-class education.

Why study at the University of Waikato?



Students in IT class at the University of Waikato

Receive a world-class education from an institution globally renowned for excellence 


Waikato students doing research in environmental studies

The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand's major research organisations


Maori students at the University of Waikato

In our down-to-earth university community, everyone is welcomed and supported

Our campuses

Waikato students visiting Hamilton

Discover our campus locations in Hamilton and Tauranga in the heart of North Island

Key facts

  • Student population comprised of more than 80 different nationalities
  • Locations across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions in North Island, New Zealand
  • Study, live, socialise at our all-in-one campus
  • More than 90% of surveyed students would recommend the University (International Student Barometer 2017)
  • Accessible academic staff
  • Ranked #266 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)
  • 11 subjects ranked in the top 300 (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • Triple Crown accredited management school
University of Waikato student Alisha from New Zealand

The teachers are really kind; it's really one-on-one with your lecturer, you spend a lot of time with your teachers. They help you and guide you through it all.

Alesha from New Zealand
Studying B.Design Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.