The University of Otago has a rich and distinguished history having been established as New Zealand's first university in 1869. With a world-renowned research and teaching profile the university is ranked in the top one per cent of institutions worldwide by the QS World University Rankings.
Otago has a large and diverse offering of study options in fields such as business, health science and humanities. Students can choose from over 200 courses and programmes. The university enjoys a five-star ranking by QS for employability, internationalisation, teaching and research. Otago is also noted as the number one university in New Zealand for student performance and retention, according to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Educational Performance Indicators. This underlines the quality of the educational offering Otago provides to students.
The institution has a profile across New Zealand with campuses in Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Invercargill. Otago also has a diverse student community with over 85 per cent of students at the Dunedin campus coming from outside of the city and 3,000 international students enrolled across the university. Students at Otago enjoy excellent graduate outcomes with 95 per cent of students progressing to further study or going in to work after graduating.