Institution Type

The tertiary education sector is a diverse sector. Its scope ranges from informal non-assessed community courses in schools through to formal undergraduate degrees and advanced research-based postgraduate degrees.

Progression to tertiary education is a measure of the level of tertiary education a student is enrolled in one, two or three years after leaving school.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education’s ENROL system, while tertiary enrolment information is sourced from the tertiary databases SDR and ITR.

Identical information is available by regional council and territorial local authority through the Know Your Region pages.

Alternatively a large amount of progression to tertiary data is available from our statistical pages. See Transition from School to Tertiary.

2017 data have not yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.   National data are available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Institution Type Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Universities 50 45 58 45 73 51
Māori Polytechnics 55 93 53 88 54 80
Māori Wananga 3 3 4 4 6 5
Māori Private Training Establishments 65 77 53 63 64 71
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 180 226 148 234 153 228
Māori Total 353 444 316 434 350 435
Pacific Universities 33 18 27 13 28 20
Pacific Polytechnics 21 28 19 29 22 32
Pacific Wananga 1 1 0 1 0 1
Pacific Private Training Establishments 18 17 24 16 22 30
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 66 79 62 81 70 83
Pacific Total 139 143 132 140 142 166
Asian Universities 120 127 109 103 130 129
Asian Polytechnics 35 46 39 48 30 40
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 13 14 10 9 12 17
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 59 78 69 66 66 83
Asian Total 227 265 227 226 239 269
MELAA Universities 17 21 19 15 28 21
MELAA Polytechnics 15 16 12 18 11 10
MELAA Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 6 4 5 7 5 5
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 13 27 19 13 20 29
MELAA Total 52 68 55 53 64 65
Other Universities 19 10 13 10 8 8
Other Polytechnics 5 7 4 5 4 8
Other Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 1 1 2 1 4 2
Other Not in Tertiary Education 7 12 8 13 7 17
Other Total 32 30 27 29 23 35
European\Pākehā Universities 1,026 763 933 794 985 823
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 475 507 455 571 429 525
European\Pākehā Wananga 4 2 0 3 6 2
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 332 436 332 322 309 245
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 950 1,195 921 1,157 959 1,227
European\Pākehā Total 2,787 2,903 2,641 2,847 2,688 2,822
Total Universities 1,222 958 1,122 950 1,195 1,023
Total Polytechnics 585 656 552 722 523 660
Total Wananga 9 5 4 7 10 8
Total Private Training Establishments 413 530 404 402 391 341
Total Not in Tertiary Education 1,191 1,538 1,156 1,465 1,211 1,584
Total Total 3,420 3,687 3,238 3,546 3,330 3,616
Notes:
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Institution Type Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Universities 49 36 59 40 58 42
Māori Polytechnics 37 54 44 64 36 47
Māori Wananga 9 2 6 6 1 4
Māori Private Training Establishments 65 71 40 70 37 43
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 202 259 204 264 184 298
Māori Total 362 422 353 444 316 434
Pacific Universities 19 17 36 15 26 15
Pacific Polytechnics 16 26 21 24 16 19
Pacific Wananga 0 1 2 0 1 0
Pacific Private Training Establishments 12 24 11 20 20 17
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 68 93 69 84 69 89
Pacific Total 115 161 139 143 132 140
Asian Universities 115 115 120 116 116 101
Asian Polytechnics 22 28 38 46 32 51
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 7 14 9 13 11 8
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 48 70 60 90 68 66
Asian Total 192 227 227 265 227 226
MELAA Universities 18 21 20 22 19 14
MELAA Polytechnics 8 10 7 14 11 19
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 5 6 7 4 2 3
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 14 19 18 28 23 17
MELAA Total 45 56 52 68 55 53
Other Universities 5 10 16 10 15 11
Other Polytechnics 7 7 4 8 2 4
Other Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 1 2 3 1 3 2
Other Not in Tertiary Education 9 3 9 11 7 12
Other Total 22 22 32 30 27 29
European\Pākehā Universities 980 775 1,022 781 974 814
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 456 386 461 400 394 418
European\Pākehā Wananga 3 4 1 4 4 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 287 592 275 404 243 299
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 1,070 1,249 1,028 1,314 1,026 1,316
European\Pākehā Total 2,796 3,006 2,787 2,903 2,641 2,847
Total Universities 1,153 940 1,220 960 1,171 966
Total Polytechnics 531 487 558 526 477 538
Total Wananga 12 5 8 10 5 4
Total Private Training Establishments 365 688 329 485 297 350
Total Not in Tertiary Education 1,342 1,611 1,305 1,706 1,288 1,688
Total Total 3,403 3,731 3,420 3,687 3,238 3,546
Notes:
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.