20 February 2020
By email: [FYI request #12067 email]
Dear Ms Bichan,
Please find the following answers to your Official Information Act request of 22 January 2020
regarding admissions to Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Otago through the alternative
1. How many people have been accepted in the alternative category for dentistry and medicine at
Otago over the last 5 years?
Number of students who accepted an offer of place in the Alternative Category for Medicine
and Dentistry 2016 -2020
Medicine (MB ChB)
Note, enrolments for 2020 are still subject to change with students changing course. The 2020
figures will be finalized in April.
2. What is the lowest GPA of those accepted in the alternative category for dentistry and medicine
that do not qualify for a subcategory?
category is designed to create a pathway into Medicine and Dentistry for people
from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience (for instance, they may have allied health
professional experience). Therefore, comparative assessment of a GPA does not feature in the
admission process in the same way it is used in the First Year Health Sciences
3. What is the lowest GPA of those accepted in the alternative category for dentistry and medicine
that are in the rural subcategory?
Manager, Policy and Compliance, Office of the Registrar