Higher Education Applicants


Central Applications Office (CAO)

Key information

The number of applicants, degree course and diploma/certificate course acceptances (i.e. net or final acceptances), higher education institutions and courses; total course applications, first preferences (number of applicants), offers issued, acceptances, percentage of offers finally accepted, percentage of acceptances which were first preferences by first preference field of learning and degree level; acceptances for admission by age, sex, degree level and nationality; acceptances by sector; acceptances by field of learning and degree level. The mid point and lowest Leaving Certificate examination points score achieved by an applicant who received an offer of a place by degree level, institution and course; the number of candidates by the points scored in their best six subjects.


Use the e-mail query form on the CAO web site


Central Applications Office and State Examinations Commission administrative records.


All higher education applications made through the CAO and all candidates who sat the Leaving Certificate examination.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date

2000 (applicant statistics and annual report), 1998 (points requirements), 1995 (Leaving Certificate points statistics) Timeliness


During the period of reference (applicant statistics); about seven months after the end of the reference period (annual report) Classifications


  • Subject area
    Arts/Social science; Science/Applied science; Agriculture/Horticulture; Education; Administration/Business; Engineering/Technology; Architecture; Art & design; Law; Human medicine; Veterinary medicine; Dentistry; Pharmacy; Physiotherapy; Nursing; Other health care; Built environment.
  • Course level (NQAI)
    Level 8; Level 7/6.
  • Age
    16 years; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23+ years.
  • Nationality
    Ireland; UK; Rest of EU; Non-EU.
  • Third level institution
    Colleges of Education; Dublin Institute of Technology; Other Institutes of Technology; Universities (excl Colleges of Education); Other institutions. Theme


People and Society - Education

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