Frequently Asked Questions - University Admissions

FAQs - University Admissions

These differ between universities. We encourage all students to contact the admissions officer of each course they are interested in to find out the specific entry requirements. The contact details for university health science faculties can be found in the University Contacts information sheet on our free downloads page. For a general overview of admissions requirements, please download our university admissions information sheet from our free downloads page.

Further information can also be obtained from our Information for Parents/Students document.

Note that all MedEntry packages include a comprehensive University Admissions Guide, with valuable information about the admissions process.

Unlike most other countries, in New Zealand there is a limit to the number of times you can apply for medicine. Both the University of Auckland and Otago have restrictions on how many times you can apply to the medical program. 

At both Auckland and Otago University, you can apply for medicine only once after the first year of your university degree. At Auckland university, you can apply only once as a graduate. At Otago university, you can apply only once if you are applying in the alternative category. 

Therefore, quality preparation for UMAT is essential to ensure success. Do not take any risks and jeopardise your chance at becoming a doctor! 

Not necessarily! Entry into medicine in general is dependent upon three criteria: GPA, UMAT and interviews. The better your UMAT and interview performance, the lower the required GPA. The minimum GPA for Auckland and Otago University is 6, which is equivalent to a B+ average. 

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Please Note:

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