Competitive Entry is an Entry Pathway for the admission of students applying for general bachelors' degrees and other undergraduate courses. If you are a new or recommencing student applying to a general degree programme who cannot immediately be placed on the Preferential Entry pathway, you will be placed on the Competitive Entry pathway.

In many cases, placement on the Competitive Entry pathway will be temporary, and you will be switched to the Preferential Entry pathway when we receive further information (e.g. NCEA results, notification from the Accommodation Centre that you have accepted a place in a residential college, etc.). It is expected that the majority of students will ultimately meet the criteria for Preferential Entry.

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you will normally be considered on the basis of your tertiary GPA or previous study you have undertaken rather than your secondary school results, and this outweighs other considerations, such as accepting a place in a residential college.

If you do not meet the criteria to transfer to the Preferential Entry pathway, you will remain on the Competitive Entry pathway and will be competing against other applicants. Applicants will be ranked primarily according to academic performance, and places will be offered if there are places available.

Your admission is also subject to you meeting university entrance, minimum age, and language requirements.

The Entry Pathway system does not apply to international students.

Students applying for Special Admission and Discretionary Entrance will be considered under the Competitive Entry Pathway only.

If you are successful in applying via the Competitive Entry pathway an offer will be made as soon as possible, once the University has received all required information.

Further information

Entry Pathway system at Otago

Last updated 12/07/2021 11.38 AM

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