UC Merit

If you've got merit, we've got the scholarship waiting for you.

An unlimited number of Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships are available for those who get merit or excellence endorsements in NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in a New Zealand school in 2016.

Because there is no limit, if you meet the criteria, you’ll automatically receive a scholarship.

Cash scholarships range from $1000 to $6000.

Here’s how you can get a UC Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship of between $1000 and $6000 for your first year at UC:


NCEA Level 2 EndorsementNCEA Level 3 EndorsementCash Scholarship Amount
Excellence Excellence $6000
Excellence Merit $2000
Merit Excellence $2000
Merit Merit $1000
Achieved Excellence $2000
Achieved Merit $1000

Cambridge International Examination (CIE) or equivalent UK Examination Board

A-level (UCAS tariff for best 3 subjects)**Cash Scholarship Amount
320 or higher $6000
260 to 300 $2000
200 to 240 $1000

**Equivalent to NZQA approved subjects

International Baccalaureate (IB)

 Cash Scholarship Amount
Score of 38 points or above $6000
Score of 35 points to 37 points $2000
Score of 32 points to 34 points $1000


ACE (Accelerated Christian Education)Cash Scholarship Amount
NZ Year 13 Academic Achievement with Honours $2000
Rudolf SteinerCash Scholarship Amount
Highly Commended $2000
Distinction $3000