Demand for college places falls
Overall demand for a college place is down on last year, writes Katherine Donnelly.
Latest application figures from the CAO, the centralised agency for college applications, records 76,238 applicants, down from 77,628 in 2010.
The decline is attributed to less interest from over-23s, which may be linked to emigration.
Following the release of Leaving Certificate results next week, college offers will be made on Monday, August 22.
Arts and social science remain in greatest demand for Level 8 honours degree programmes, followed by administration/business and science.
Growing interest in science will be welcomed by Government and employers, who say there are not enough graduates with these skills to fill jobs.
This is the second year running that science has pushed engineering technology into fourth place in the CAO's Level 8 applications list.