Under the Entry Pathway system there are two pathways for admission to general bachelors' degrees for new domestic undergraduate students (and certain students who have enrolled at the University of Otago previously).

Competitive entry

New and recommencing students who cannot initially be placed on the Preferential Entry pathway will be placed on the Competitive Entry pathway.

Competitive entry pathway

Preferential entry

Preferential Entry guarantees a place at Otago for high-calibre students.

Preferential entry pathway

Entry scores

If you have not already qualified for Preferential Entry before the release of your secondary school results, you will need an entry score of 140 points for NCEA or CAIE. This is sometimes referred to as your "rank score" at other institutions.

Scores which do not meet this requirement will be considered for Competitive Entry.