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 283 172 259 173 272 181
Māori Polytechnics 127 143 114 145 96 147
Māori Wananga 60 68 41 50 40 54
Māori Private Training Establishments 370 358 355 343 336 293
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 507 689 498 675 525 780
Māori Total 1,347 1,430 1,267 1,386 1,269 1,455
Pacific Universities 673 325 712 369 747 391
Pacific Polytechnics 252 296 232 324 220 269
Pacific Wananga 29 58 34 46 39 34
Pacific Private Training Establishments 525 442 536 404 435 388
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 720 1,127 714 1,145 775 1,199
Pacific Total 2,199 2,248 2,228 2,288 2,216 2,281
Asian Universities 1,418 1,340 1,449 1,380 1,448 1,368
Asian Polytechnics 132 225 108 274 114 230
Asian Wananga 7 4 6 5 2 1
Asian Private Training Establishments 134 160 130 129 130 113
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 339 436 319 429 376 480
Asian Total 2,030 2,165 2,012 2,217 2,070 2,192
MELAA Universities 162 126 185 147 172 162
MELAA Polytechnics 32 61 28 44 28 50
MELAA Wananga 0 1 1 1 0 1
MELAA Private Training Establishments 33 45 37 43 27 44
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 73 96 87 107 80 91
MELAA Total 300 329 338 342 307 348
Other Universities 37 24 37 35 32 22
Other Polytechnics 8 12 6 10 3 7
Other Wananga 1 2 1 1 0 1
Other Private Training Establishments 11 10 16 10 6 7
Other Not in Tertiary Education 20 38 18 28 20 20
Other Total 77 86 78 84 61 57
European\Pākehā Universities 2,348 1,909 2,296 1,882 2,350 1,941
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 368 547 371 528 303 457
European\Pākehā Wananga 17 8 7 12 7 5
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 580 721 533 654 533 477
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 1,204 1,586 1,274 1,764 1,315 1,928
European\Pākehā Total 4,517 4,771 4,481 4,840 4,508 4,808
Total Universities 4,647 3,744 4,687 3,806 4,717 3,827
Total Polytechnics 849 1,215 778 1,234 711 1,048
Total Wananga 106 127 78 102 82 86
Total Private Training Establishments 1,503 1,568 1,452 1,428 1,306 1,189
Total Not in Tertiary Education 2,649 3,653 2,669 3,827 2,790 4,116
Total Total 9,754 10,307 9,664 10,397 9,606 10,266
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 229 160 255 152 245 136
Māori Polytechnics 107 140 108 113 105 107
Māori Wananga 39 33 38 36 30 33
Māori Private Training Establishments 273 287 306 275 261 260
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 661 785 640 854 626 850
Māori Total 1,309 1,405 1,347 1,430 1,267 1,386
Pacific Universities 524 271 603 284 638 340
Pacific Polytechnics 194 248 210 241 193 221
Pacific Wananga 37 50 30 42 30 22
Pacific Private Training Establishments 444 324 405 354 401 264
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 1,011 1,296 951 1,327 966 1,441
Pacific Total 2,210 2,189 2,199 2,248 2,228 2,288
Asian Universities 1,336 1,201 1,373 1,316 1,415 1,347
Asian Polytechnics 127 204 129 206 98 201
Asian Wananga 0 8 5 2 5 8
Asian Private Training Establishments 139 142 109 127 110 126
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 428 528 414 514 384 535
Asian Total 2,030 2,083 2,030 2,165 2,012 2,217
MELAA Universities 150 120 168 122 181 138
MELAA Polytechnics 39 52 23 51 21 34
MELAA Wananga 1 0 0 1 1 1
MELAA Private Training Establishments 32 31 28 31 35 34
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 98 109 81 124 100 135
MELAA Total 320 312 300 329 338 342
Other Universities 37 30 38 23 37 35
Other Polytechnics 9 7 5 14 5 8
Other Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 14 10 8 11 12 4
Other Not in Tertiary Education 28 24 26 38 24 37
Other Total 89 71 77 86 78 84
European\Pākehā Universities 2,291 1,796 2,339 1,822 2,295 1,843
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 343 425 317 386 320 377
European\Pākehā Wananga 11 7 12 12 8 7
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 456 792 439 675 421 541
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 1,440 1,711 1,410 1,876 1,437 2,072
European\Pākehā Total 4,541 4,731 4,517 4,771 4,481 4,840
Total Universities 4,335 3,435 4,520 3,579 4,568 3,678
Total Polytechnics 756 993 734 955 670 888
Total Wananga 81 92 79 83 69 64
Total Private Training Establishments 1,255 1,477 1,182 1,342 1,125 1,119
Total Not in Tertiary Education 3,396 4,100 3,239 4,348 3,232 4,648
Total Total 9,823 10,097 9,754 10,307 9,664 10,397
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.