Only one in 11 applicants gets a place on UCD's agri courses
UCD is reporting a levelling off in interest for its various agricultural degrees but the college is partly putting this down to an increase in the CAO points required to gain entry its School of Agriculture.
This year the university accepted 330 new undergraduates from in excess of 3,000 applicants which equates to just under one available place for every 11 applicants.
Overall, there are 1,300 agri-degree undergraduates at the university studying various courses from animal science, crop production, food science, engineering and horticulture to degree levels over four years.
Overall the student cohort is up 37pc on levels which were the norm a decade ago.
"Applications have levelled out over the past year but remain on a high plateau. The interest is in keeping with the interest in agriculture and agri-business generally.
"The fact that the points for agriculture have increased shows that the quality of candidates overall is getting stronger," UCD's Damien Dempsey said.
This year's successful applicants had to achieve 470 points from their Leaving Certificates, an increase from 465 points in 2014.
The university has also noticed that previously unsuccessful candidates for UCD were now successfully re-applying to the university having completed FETAC courses.