Saturday 18 November 2017

New record as 3,200 get second round offer from CAO

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

OVER 3,000 students will receive college offers today as the CAO second round hit a new record.

Among the 3,203 students who got word from the CAO today were almost 2,000 getting a higher course choice and 1,206 receiving an offer for the first time.

It brings to 58,833 the number of CAO applicants who have received an offer to date – a new high at this stage, 46 ahead of this time last year.

CAO second round offers (PDF):

Level 8 points page 1

Level 8 points page 2

Level 8 points page 3

Level 8 points page 4

Level 7-6 points page 1

Level 7-6 points page 2

Colleges always make more offers than they expect to fill, so it is not clear how many places are up for grabs in the second round. However, it is estimated that there are about 1,000.

There is good news for would-be doctors with four of the five medical schools – University College Dublin (UCD) is the exception – making offers on the same or slightly lower points.

The CAO second round will also be welcomed by applicants pursuing courses in other healthcare disciplines, including nursing, dentistry and optometry, where new offers have emerged.

There have been further drops in the points for a number of university arts courses, including NUI Maynooth and University College Cork (UCC), reflecting the decline in applications for arts this year.

Second-round offers are being made for some construction-related degree programmes, including the prestigious architecture at UCD, where points have dipped by 10 to 455. While much sought-after at the height of the property boom, building-related courses have suffered a huge fall in popularity.

Some engineering applicants will also be breathing a sigh of relief as more places are offered in several universities and institutes of technology. Among the offers are some for students who sat second-chance maths exams, which provide an opportunity to meet college entry requirements in the subject if the Leaving Cert grade was not up to scratch.


The surge in interest in science, technology and business by school-leavers clearly translated into a high take-up of offers at Level 8 (honours degrees), particularly, with little or nothing left for applicants disappointed after the first round.

However, institutes of technology are still seeking to fill places on science courses at Level 7/6 with offers today.

Last week, 49,837 CAO applicants received an offer in the first round, and 37,448 of those were snapped up.

The high acceptance rate reflects the strong demand for a college place. Earlier offers were made to mature students and others such as those entering college via further education.

Irish Independent

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