Key dates and times until CAO offer process ends


June 23rd

Results of the HPAT assessment test for entry into undergraduate medicine are released to applicants.

July 1st (5.15pm)

The final date for CAO change-of-mind options on all courses and/or order of preference on applications for entry to college in September 2014.

July 4th

The CAO make over 6,000 offers to mature (including mature nursing/midwifery) and other non-standard applicants, ie those aged over 23 and those applicants who accepted and deferred their places in 2013. These offers will appear on the CAO website from 10am on July 4th.

July 10th (5.15pm)

The closing date for receipt of acceptances for places offered to applicants on July 4th. Mature and deferred applicants away from their home address should ensure any offer received on July 4th is dealt with as the offer will lapse if not accepted by July 10th.

July 22nd

An exceptional closing date for students currently studying at a third-level college who may wish to drop out of their current course and reapply for a new list of choices through the CAO application process.

July 31st

CAO starts round zero offers. Over 2,000 places in higher certificate, ordinary degree and higher degree courses are offered to mature non-standard applicants or those presenting Fetac awards for consideration. These offers are on the CAO website from 10am on July 31st.

August 7th (5.15pm)

Closing date for receipt of acceptance of round zero offers.

August 13th

State Examinations Commission delivers Leaving Cert results to more than 700 schools. Available online at from noon.

August 18th

CAO releases round one offers to candidates online at 6am. Offer notices are sent by post to candidates, to arrive on August 18th. Minimum points required for entry to each course on CAO website from 6am.

August 19th

Students who wish to view their exam scripts must complete the application form and return it to their school by this date.

August 25th (5.15pm)

Closing date for receipt of acceptances of round one offers.

August 28th

CAO will post round two offer notices to applicants, to arrive by post on Thursday, August 28th. The minimum points required for entry to each course also on the CAO website at 6am.

August 29th & 30th

Students, along with one other person of their choice, have an opportunity to view their scripts in school on either or both of these dates. The scripts cannot be viewed by anyone unless the student is present.

September 3rd (5.15pm)

The closing date for receipt of acceptance of CAO round two offers. It is also the closing date for receipt of Leaving Cert appeal applications from those who want their papers remarked.


The release of the results of Leaving Certificate appeals by the SEC.

October 15th

CAO makes its final offers to students based on Leaving Cert appeals results.

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