CAO applications show upward trend for Trinity degrees

Popularity in Trinity degrees continues to rise with 8,278 students opting for Trinity College Dublin as their CAO first preference this year.  A total of 18,624 students, a fifth of all CAO applications, from all over Ireland applied to the university.  Up to 3,403 places are being offered to students to study at Trinity. This includes students who have been offered places through access routes*, as well as the admissions programme, the Feasibility Study.  This year has also seen strong interest from Northern Ireland with 964 applications from prospective students and 262 offers made.

Trinity’s Business programmes have once again proven very popular. In its second year the new Business degree has received strong interest. Under the new points system, the entry requirement is 544 points. Similarly BESS, the Business Economic and Social Studies degree is in popular demand with 520*.

Trinity degrees in Law and Management Science and Information Systems Studies (MSISS) have proven very popular with new students this year. Law is on offer at 542 points  while MSISS is at 578 points.

There has also been strong demand in the newly launched course in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures which involves the study of the history, culture and one language of the Middle East combined with a European Language. The entry requirement is 506 points.  Prospective students clearly want to engage critically with the current debate about cultures, histories and religious affairs of the Middle East.

The demand for Medicine remains strong and this year it is on offer at 732 points.

In keeping with the overall national trend, the demand for Engineering has slightly decreased, at 470 points this year. Science has also seen a slight dip at 499 points.

Trinity Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Professor Chris Morash congratulated all students today who received an offer to go to third level:

“As Vice-Provost at Trinity – and also as a parent this year of a Leaving Cert student – at a very personal level I  recognise and applaud the heroic effort that goes into achieving these results, not just for the students, but for their families as well. You are now standing in a place where you can look ahead to the person you will become. A third level education is not just about assimilating facts, it is about challenging yourself, both in and beyond the classroom.”

On the new points system, Professor Chris Morash said:

“We welcome the impetus behind the new points system, and finding a better match between second and third level. This year we have seen a bigger pool of eligible applicants coming through the system. I see this as a first step to reforming education in Ireland, and look forward to continuing to find more effective ways for students to enter third level institutions in Ireland.”

Notes to Editor

Higher Education Access Route

154 offers have been made under HEAR

Disability Access Route to Education

191 offers have been made under DARE


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