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Lincoln University was established as the School of Agriculture in 1878 after which it went through many changes. It became an independent university in 1990. It is a popular university in New Zealand for higher education and research whose history spans more than 140 years. Lincoln University offers various certificate, undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. qualifications. The University has accreditations from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

The University has three faculties and one division offering specialised courses:

  1. Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce
  2. Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  3. Faculty of Environment, Society, and Design
  4. University Studies and English Language Division

The values that guide the University are leadership, integrity, and innovation while keeping students at the core. It aims to be a leader in sustainability education and research to ensure that future generations can flourish. It has the vision to become a globally-ranked University that enhances the lives and future of its students.

Lincoln University has around 3000 students, with students coming from New Zealand and more than 80 countries around the world. The University has a team of dedicated and experienced lecturers, researchers, academic professionals, and well-being experts all committed to enhancing the learning experience of the students. Students are encouraged to chase after their career goals and make the most of their time in the University.

Why Study At The Lincoln University

  • Lincoln University was featured in the 2020 UI Green Metric World University Rankings for its sustainability policy.
  • Lincoln University was ranked the 12th Best Small University in the World by the 2017/2018 QS World University Rankings
  • It is the smallest university in New Zealand which gives students a personalised learning environment and support.
  • A number of specialised courses are available for students to choose from. The University has ties with many research centers helping students gain additional knowledge and experience.
  • Located in Canterbury, Lincoln University is a great study option for students because there is a balance between academic life and recreational activities that take place in the region.

Employment and Career Opportunities

Lincoln University is dedicated to helping students find jobs and succeed in their respective fields. There is a team of dedicated and experienced career and employment advisors to guide students. Help is provided to help students make informed career choices and to develop their employability skills. Students can apply for internships, part-time and full-time job opportunities to help them gain practical work experience and knowledge. Career events are held regularly to help connect students and potential employers. Lincoln University Career Centre is available on campus and online to help students and graduates find their dream jobs. Lincoln University graduates have a 15% higher employability rate than those from other universities in New Zealand.

Notable alumni of Lincoln University include:

  • Charles Upham (Zew Zealand soldier who won the Victoria Cross twice)
  • David Carter (Former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives)
  • Toni Street (Television Presenter)
  • Robbie Deans ( New Zealand Union Rugby Player and Coach)
  • Jeremy Rockliff (Deputy Premier of Tasmania)


Services and Facilities offered

Student Services: Lincoln University has a diverse and inclusive environment that makes students feel welcome and at home. The low student to lecturer ratio ensures that more personalised attention is provided to students. Besides career services the University also provides financial assistance and gender and sexuality support to students. The University has students from different faiths and religions who have their own clubs, however, non-faith-based activities are conducted on the campus regularly for staff and students. 

Accommodation:  A range of accommodation options are available for students of the University. They can choose between catered and self-catered living spaces. Students can choose to stay in the halls of residence, flats, or houses located on the campus. These are located at a short distance from gyms, shops, and eating joints. They can also opt for homestays which is an excellent option for international students. Students can stay with a New Zealand family and learn their cultures and practices.

Medical Services: The Lincoln University Student Health is available on campus to provide medical services to all students and staff. There is a team of doctors, nurses, and counselors to provide medical aid and guidance. The services provided include doctors’ appointments, care for injuries, contraception, along with immunisation, and counseling.

Sports Facilities: Lincoln University has a sports and recreation center with world-class facilities available for students and staff. The facilities available include a yoga room, indoor training track, multi-purpose training spaces, all-weather artificial turf, and many more which help nourish the physical and mental health of students. They can take part in sports like netball, tennis, hockey, volleyball, and football.

Clubs and Societies: The Lincoln University Students Association’ (LUSA) is a body that governs and represents the concerns of the student body as a whole. A number of clubs and societies are run by the LUSA which students can be a part of based on their interests. This allows them to meet new people and make the most of their university experience.

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