Information for prospective applicants

Although it is an independent College, Salmond takes part in the University of Otago’s application procedures. To apply you need to complete the University’s On Line Application Form. If you have queries about this, contact the University of Otago Accommodation Office ( or the Head of Salmond College ( You need to complete the University's accommodation application form even if you are studying at Otago Polytechnic.

If your application is unsuccessful it will be returned to the Accommodation Office and is likely to be referred quickly to another College.

Getting information

Before you decide to apply for a place at Salmond, you should get as much information as possible.  

Salmond selection criteria

Salmond is an academic community, so a primary consideration for admission is academic merit.  This is assessed from school referees’ reports and from internal and external examination results.

The College looks for interesting and enthusiastic students who are keen to participate in College life and who will take their studies seriously while making the best of their time here.  Preference may be given to those who have proved themselves proficient in cultural areas, in the sporting arena, in leadership roles and in their contribution to the community at large.  Salmond values people who value others and who contribute to and enjoy community life.

No limitation is placed on the number of applicants accepted from any particular school.  As an applicant, you will be judged solely on the information provided in your application and by your referees, so you are encouraged to submit as much relevant information as possible.