Ranked among the top 1.4% universities globally with a QS rank of 356, Lincoln is the 3rd oldest university in New Zealand. With 14 research centers and 10 farms, it offers first-hand experience to commercial farmers and produces leading edge research solutions. Lincoln also has a QS Five Stars rating and ranks in the top 100 in the subject areas of Agriculture and Forestry. Students can choose from different study categories: English, Business & commerce, Natural and environmental sciences, science, communication, computing, design, engineering, food science, genetics, rural development, architecture, law, philosophy, sports, social science, soil, science, tourism, water resource management, and wine growing. Lincoln is a partner member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) and the Global Challenges University Alliance. The university has an ideal student-to-staff ratio offering an open-door policy to students.