Wednesday 28 September 2016

CAO hits new high with offers for 61,308

Published 27/08/2015 | 06:00

CAO Round Two brings to 61,308 the number of applicants who have so far received an offer of a third-level place this year - up 1,306 on this time last year
CAO Round Two brings to 61,308 the number of applicants who have so far received an offer of a third-level place this year - up 1,306 on this time last year

More than 3,000 offers were made to college hopefuls today as the CAO hit a new record.

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CAO Round Two brings to 61,308 the number of applicants who have so far received an offer of a third-level place this year - up 1,306 on this time last year.

As the second-round offers went live at 6am today, some applicants received more than one offer - with a total 3,126 offers to 2,901 students.

There were 1,545 offers made for honours degree (Level 8) courses and 1,581 for ordinary degree and higher certificate programmes (Level 7/6), with some applicants receiving an offer for the first time.

Among those celebrating were 766 students who missed out on their first preference honours degree course in Round One last week but received their top choice today.

Meanwhile, 1,153 applicants for Level 7/6 courses also received their first choice today.

This year saw the points rise for a wide range of courses, in areas such as business, law, engineering and computing and the strong demand from high-calibre students meant that there was limited comfort today for those hoping for points to fall, and an offer.

Points came down for some high-profile engineering courses, such as common entry engineering in UCD, where offers were made at 505 points - down five from Round One - while two in Trinity College Dublin, also saw points fall.

There was also an easing of points for a number of technology programmes, including computer science in Trinity, which fell by five points, while computer science and information technology, in NUI Galway went from 440 last week to 425.

But, by and large, there was no change for major business or law courses and no new offers are being made today.

Anyone hoping for an offer from Dublin City University today will be sorely disappointed as, in one striking feature of the second round, the northside university has made no new offers.

There was, however, some good news for those interested in the health sciences, with a drop in points in many prestigious courses.

For example, dentistry in Trinity fell slightly, while in NUI Galway occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and podiatry all dropped.

It has been a bumper year for the CAO, with a high of more than 79,000 applications. To date, a total of 46,470 potential students have registered an acceptance, including 39,832 taking up a Round One offer. Prior to Round One, there were offers to applicants such as mature students and those who deferred a place from last year.

The level of acceptances after Round One is more than 1,000 ahead of the 46,383 acceptances registered after Round Two last year.

CAO general manager Joe O'Grady said many applicants receiving an offer today may have already accepted an offer in Round One and it was important that they took time to decide between the courses.

The deadline for accepting a Round Two offer is Wednesday, September 2, and if an applicant accepts a new offer, it automatically cancels the previous acceptance.

If an applicant receiving a new offer today does not want to accept it, they are not required to do anything.

The CAO will continue to issue offers on a weekly basis until mid-October to fill any available places.

Irish Independent

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