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 in the top 235 universities worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2025. 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.

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
  • 90% of the students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were very satisfied or satisfied with their experience (International Student Barometer 2023)
  • Accessible academic staff
  • Ranked at 235 out of the world's best universities (QS World University Rankings 2025)
  • 16 subjects and subject areas ranked by QS subject rankings, 11 in the top 350 globally (QS Rankings by Subject 2024)
  • Triple Crown accredited business school

"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 Bachelor of Design Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.