Many applicants use the initial CAO application in January as a holding exercise and it will soon be time  to submit a definitive list of options. Photog: Getty

Now that the Assessed Grade and written Leaving Cert examination process is upon us, it is now time to review your course choices - and get them right(...)

Government sources say they hope the addition of about 4,000 extra third-level places this year will absorb pressure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A record 84,000 students have applied for college places in the coming academic year, according to well-placed sources, placing further pressure on th(...)

Trinity   reported a 38 per cent increase in first-preference applications for its courses, reaching a record high for the university of 10,253. Photograph: iStock

Science and environmental studies continue to draw increasing interest from prospective third-level students, according to the latest round of Central(...)

Colleges delegate the processing of applications for undergraduate courses to the CAO.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) is a not-for-profit company established by the higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. While(...)

NUI Galway. Photograph: Nevan McCartin

While university campuses have been closed down and the public cannot gather in any significant numbers for the foreseeable future, third-level instit(...)

CAO Round Two: Students have until midday on Friday, 25 September, to accept if they receive an offer.

Download full Level 8 Round 2 listings here Download Level 6 and 7 ordinary bachelor degree/ higher certificate courses here Some 1,098 applicants (...)

Trinity College Dublin: Some senior higher education figures are worried students will defer over fears of losing out on the traditional college experience. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Universities are to limit the number of students who are allowed to defer taking up their places amid concern that many may choose to take a gap year (...)

If you are accepting a place in college, you should visit the campus to get a feel for itsteps to take as you prepare for the next stage of your education

A long and difficult year has finally come to a close. Almost 80,000 applicants were able to view their college offers from 2pm on the Central Applica(...)

Round One CAO offers will be available to view online from 2pm today.

It’s been a long and difficult year but the wait for this year’s crop of prospective third-level students ends today. Tens of thousands of applicants(...)

The points for any given third-level course can rise or fall each year and is determined by the law of supply and demand.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Central Applications Office (CAO) is a not-for-profit company established by the higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. College(...)

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