Lincoln University

New Zealand


Lincoln University was formed in 1878 as the School of Agriculture for Canterbury University College. That made it the oldest agricultural teaching institution in the whole Southern Hemisphere. In 1990 it became a university in its own right and it remains the smallest university in New Zealand.

It has around 3,000 students including students from around the world. Lincoln University is in the top 26% of universities globally, according to the QS World Rankings 2023, where it ranked 368th. It’s also been given QS Five Stars for reputation, facilities, research and teaching and has been ranked the 17th best small university in the world.

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Having been founded as an agriculture college Lincoln University still ranks in the top 100 global universities for the subject. Courses include study programmes in agriculture, horticulture, agribusiness marketing, land and property management, agricultural science, viticulture and wine production.

94% of Lincoln University students achieve successful course completion at levels 7-10.

It has ranked 51st in the world in the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. Lincoln is the only university from New Zealand to even feature in the rankings.


Students at Lincoln University have a 6% higher graduate employment rate than the national average. Its Careers team can help students make informed career and study choices and develop employability and career management skills. Graduates can access support for up to two years after completing their qualification. The Careers team can also help find opportunities including internships, graduate programmes, immediate vacancies, practical work and scholarships. They arrange career and employer events on campus, including an annual career fair and volunteering expo as well as regular company pop-ups.



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