University of Otago

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Why University of Otago?

Top global ranking

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, and has the highest-possible rating of 5 Stars Plusin the QS global university performance ratings.

Outstanding graduate employability

Employers love Otago graduates. 95% of our graduates go straight into work or further study.

Otago graduates are recognised for their interpersonal and negotiating skills, conceptual and analytical skills, and independent judgement.

Academic excellence

The University of Otago is New Zealand’s top university for educational performance.3

For 6 of the past 7 years, our teachers have beaten all other universities and polytechnics to win the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Teaching Excellence.

At Otago, you’ll be taught by lecturers and professors who are some of the best in New Zealand, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best in the world.

Amazing facilities

The University of Otago’s Central Library (one of nine libraries at Otago) is ranked 13th best library in the world.

Our Dunedin campus is recognised as one of the world’s most-beautiful campuses.

We also have genuinely world-class teaching and research labs, performance spaces, lecture theatres, study areas, and sporting facilities.

Extremely high student satisfaction

Student surveys show 98% satisfaction with administration and support; 98% with campus safety; 99% with libraries; 98% with residential colleges; and 97% with sport and recreation facilities.

Sustainability and positive social impact

Otago is the first university in New Zealand to achieve Fair Trade status.

Our Social Impact Studio achieves student-driven change through volunteering and leadership. We believe in channelling student creativity, vision, and insight for maximum social impact through our incredible volunteer programmes. Around 4,000Otago students are registered volunteers, working with over 200 community organisations.

Unmatched student experience

In addition to being an international centre of academic excellence, Otago is New Zealand’s only true residential university. This gives you a student lifestyle that is unparalleled in New Zealand.

85% of our students come from outside Dunedin (including 3,000 international students from 100 countries).

3,500 of our first-year students live at one of 15 residential colleges, located on or near campus.

Most of our 21,000 students live within 1 km of the Dunedin campus – creating our iconic student quarter that features academic, cultural, social, and sporting facilities, just a short walk from the Dunedin city centre.

Being a residential university, Otago offers dozens of dedicated on-campus support services. These range from our modern student health centre (with subsidised medical and counselling services), to a superb disability support service, specialised IT support, and a careers service to prepare you for the graduate job market.

And at Otago, there are over 140 student clubs and societies to choose from.

All in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and vibrant cities.