A very special welcome awaits Becky Carter when she arrives in UCD on Monday to start her veterinary degree programme.
The 19-year-old, from Castlebridge, Co Wexford, was "overjoyed" yesterday when she received a belated offer of a course place, after successfully appealing one of her results in this year's Leaving Certificate.
The UCD Students' Union has arranged an event at 9am on Monday to greet Becky as she starts life as a UCD student.
The High Court directed the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to process her appeal by noon yesterday, and the anticipated successful outcome led to an immediate offer from UCD.
In the normal course of events, the outcome of Leaving Cert appeals are not released until mid-October - October 10 this year - but that would have been too late for Becky, because , this year, UCD introduced a September 30 cut off for admissions.
In any year, about 5,000 Leaving Certificate candidates appeal one or more grades and it generally leads to about 200 to 300 students receiving a late college offer.
Many higher education institutions now start back in the first week in September, which means students are up to six weeks behind.
Colleges believe such a time lag puts the students at a severe disadvantage and encourage them to defer for a year.
The case has forced a major review of the appeals process and the treatment by colleges of successful candidates. Changes are expected for next year.
A special meeting of the board of the SEC took place last night to consider the matter.