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Press releases

27/10/2017
CAO opens for applications on Monday, 6th November
The Central Applications Office (CAO) online application facility opens on Monday, 6th November from noon. Applications can be made online for a reduced fee of €30 before the 20th January at 5:15 pm. A fee of €45 applies after this time and until the normal closing date of 1st February at 5:15 pm.. [more...]
12/10/2017
CAO offers to be considered for Leaving Certificate appeals candidates this week.
The results of Leaving Certificate Appeals were communicated to students this week. Candidates who are found to have achieved different results to those awarded in mid-August have had their results forwarded to CAO by the State Examinations Commission. [more...]
31/08/2017
3,308 Round Two CAO offers issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Thursday 31st August) issued 3,308 offers to applicants in Round Two of the CAO offers process. [more...]
21/08/2017
76,651 Round One CAO Offers Issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Monday August 21) issued 76,651 Round One Offers to 52,374 CAO applicants. These offers consist of 43,113 Level 8 course offers and 33,538 Level 7/6 course offers. [more...]
03/08/2017
Over four thousand offers issued in CAO Round Zero today
A total of 4,817 offers have been issued by CAO today (3rd August) to 3,990 applicants. [more...]
06/07/2017
6629 applicants receive CAO offers today (July 6)
A total of 6,629 applicants will receive an offer in this early round – of these, 4,968 will receive a Level 8 offer and 2,951 will receive a Level 7/6 offer. [more...]
02/05/2017
80,345 CAO Applicants at close of Late Application facility
The total number of CAO applicants at the close of the Late Application facility on May 1st at 5:15 pm was 80,345. [more...]
21/04/2017
CAO late application facility closing soon
The CAO deadline for late applications is Monday, May 1 at 5:15 pm. Potential applicants are advised to register on the system well in advance of this deadline. [more...]
09/03/2017
CAO release 2017 course choices data
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2017 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of March 1st. [more...]
24/02/2017
CAO Change of Course Choices facility closes on 1 March at 5:15 pm
The CAO Change of Course Choices facility is available to all applicants for a fee of ten euro up to 1 March at 5:15 pm. Registered applicants who wish to use this facility simply log in to their CAO account and click on the ‘Change Course Choices’ tab and follow the steps provided. [more...]
01/02/2017
76,213 applicants at close of CAO normal application deadline
The Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline closed at 5:15pm today, 1st February. The application figure to this deadline was 76,213. This figure does not represent the total number of CAO applicants as a late application facility opens on 6th March and runs until 1st May at 5:15pm. [more...]
26/01/2017
CAO application deadline fast approaching
Over 65,000 applicants applied to CAO by the early deadline of 20th January

The Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline of 1st February at 5:15 pm is fast approaching, and it is advisable that anyone considering applying to CAO for an undergraduate place at a higher education institution begins work on this immediately. [more...]
03/11/2016
CAO opens for applications tomorrow
The Central Applications Office (CAO) online application facility opens tomorrow (4th November) from noon.

Applications can be made online for a reduced fee of €25 before the 20th January at 5:15 pm. The normal closing date is 1st February at 5:15 pm and a fee of €40 applies. [more...]
01/09/2016
2,573 Round Two CAO offers issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Thursday 1st September) issued 2,573 offers to applicants in Round Two of the CAO offers process. A total of 1,470 Level 8 offers, and 1,103 Level 7/6 offers, were made to 2,446 CAO applicants in this round. [more...]
22/08/2016
75,495 Round One CAO Offers Issued
The Central Applications Offices (CAO) has today (Monday August 22) issued 75,495 Round One Offers to 52,289 CAO applicants. These offers consist of 41,422 Level 8 course offers and 34,073 Level 7/6 course offers. [more...]
04/08/2016
Round 0 Offers
Over four thousand offers issued in CAO Round Zero today.

A total of 4,232 offers have been issued by CAO today (4th August) to 3,521 applicants. [more...]
06/07/2016
Round A Offers
Over six thousand applicants receive CAO offers today (July 6).

CAO Round A offers will be available to view online at www.cao.ie from 6 am today.

A total of 6,398 applicants will receive an offer in this early round – of the six-thousand plus applicants, 4,792 will receive a Level 8 offer and 2,821 will receive a Level 7/6 offer. [more...]
27/06/2016
CAO Change of Mind Advice
With the CAO Change of Mind deadline of 5:15 pm on July 1 fast approaching, CAO would like to advise all applicants to think carefully about introducing new courses or changing order of preference at this stage in the application process.

CAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, asks applicants not to make changes to an application based on assumptions about their Leaving Certificate examination performance. [more...]
09/03/2016
CAO release 2016 course choices data
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2016 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of 1 March at 5:15 pm.

The data shows applications by category, level and by address group.

There are 17 statistical categories used to present the CAO data for Level 8 and Level 7/6 courses, and figures are based on CAO applications to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Republic of Ireland. [more...]
24/02/2016
CAO Change of Course Choices facility closes on 1 March at 5:15 pm
The CAO Change of Course Choices facility is available to all applicants for a fee of ten euro up to 1 March at 5:15 pm. Registered applicants who wish to use this facility simply log in to their CAO account and click on the `Change Course Choices` tab and follow the steps provided.

Mature applicants to CAO, and applicants considering applying for courses that are classified as `restricted courses`, should take note of this upcoming CAO deadline. [more...]
01/02/2016
76,227 applicants at close of CAO normal application deadline.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline closed at 5:15pm today, 1 February.

The application figure to this deadline was 76,227. This figure does not represent the total number of CAO applicants as a late application facility opens on 5 March and runs until 1 May at 5:15pm. [more...]
20/01/2016
Apply to CAO by 5:15 pm today to avail of the discounted application fee
Applicants who apply to CAO by 5:15pm today (20 January) will avail of a discounted application fee of €25 - the normal application fee of €40 applies if you apply between 20 January (after 5:15 pm) and 1 February at 5:15 pm. [more...]
03/11/2015
CAO opens for applications 5 November at noon
The CAO application process for the 2016 season opens on 5 November at noon. [more...]
27/08/2015
3126 Round Two CAO offers issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Thursday August 27) issued 3,126 offers to applicants in Roun Two of the CAO offers process. [more...]
24/08/2015
39,832 CAO applicants accept Round One offer
At the close of the Round One reply date for CAO offers (Monday August 24 at 5:15pm) 39,832 applicants had accepted a Round One offer. [more...]
21/08/2015
Two-thirds of applicants have accepted Round One offers to date
Over 35,000 CAO applicants have accepted a round one offer at this stage (Friday August 21) in the application process – this represents 67 per cent of the 52,028 applicants who received a Round One offer. [more...]
17/08/2015
75,194 Round One CAO Offers Issued
The Central Applications Offices (CAO) has today (Monday August 17) issued 75,194 Round One Offers to 52,028 CAO applicants. These offers consist of 40,599 Level 8 course offers and 34,595 Level 7/6 course offers. [more...]
03/07/2015
Round A CAO offers available online today from 4pm
CAO Round A offers will be made available online at www.cao.ie from 4pm today, July 3. Successful applicants will also receive an email and text message from CAO, and a paper offer notice will be posted this evening to reach applicants early next week. [more...]
29/06/2015
CAO Change of Mind deadline this Wednesday
CAO applicants are being reminded that the Change of Mind deadline is this Wednesday, 1 July at 5:15pm. [more...]
05/05/2015
79,229 CAO applicants at close of CAO Late Application facility
The total number of CAO applicants at the close of the Late Application facility on May 1st at 5:15pm was 79,229.
From the February 1st deadline to the May 1st deadline an additional 4,861 applicants applied to CAO. [more...]
01/05/2015
CAO Change of Mind facility opens on May 5
CAO applicants wishing to make changes to their course choices can do so from noon on the 5th May using the ‘Change of Mind’ facility.
The CAO ‘Change of Mind’ facility can be accessed via the ‘My Application’ tab at www.cao.ie up to 1st July at 5:15pm. [more...]
21/04/2015
Just over ten days left to submit a CAO application
The CAO deadline for late applications is Friday, May 1, at 5:15pm. Potential applicants for a place at a third-level institution are advised to register on the system well in advance of this deadline. [more...]
08/03/2015
CAO release 2015 course choices data
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2015 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of March 1st. [more...]
01/02/2015
74,499 applicants at close of CAO normal application deadline.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline closed at 5:15pm today, 1 February. The application figure to this deadline was 74,499. This figure does not represent the total number of CAO applicants as a late application facility opens in March and runs until May 1 at 5:15pm. [more...]
29/01/2015
Take note of restrictions if you are applying to CAO
Applicants applying to CAO are advised to take note of the restrictions in advance of the main CAO deadline of 1 February at 5:15pm. [more...]
29/01/2015
Advice for applicants sending supporting documents to CAO
If you are required to send supporting documents to CAO as part of your application, here are some tips to help you understand what is required. [more...]
27/01/2015
Mature applicants and HEAR/DARE applicants reminded to apply to CAO by 1 February deadline
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has called on restricted-category applicants, for example mature applicants or applicants applying for HEAR or DARE schemes, to submit their CAO applications by the 1st February at 5:15pm. [more...]
27/01/2015
CAO application deadline fast approaching
The Central Applications Office (CAO) application deadline for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions is this Sunday, 1 February at 5:15pm. [more...]
05/01/2015
Helpful resources available on the CAO website
The Central Applications Office (CAO) website contains a number of valuable resources that are easily accessible from the ‘Student Resources’ section of www.cao.ie [more...]
28/08/2014
3320 Round Two CAO offers issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Thursday August 28) issued 3,320 offers to applicants in Round Two of the CAO offers process. [more...]
25/08/2014
38239 CAO applicants accept Round One offer
At the close of the Round One reply date for CAO offers (Monday August 25 at 5:15pm) 38,239 applicants had accepted a Round One offer. [more...]
19/08/2014
The 'Available Places' facility is now open for new and existing CAO applicants.
The CAO Available Places facility opened today (August 19) at noon. Available Places are places that remain unfilled in particular courses after all offers have been made and waiting lists have been exhausted. [more...]
18/08/2014
74013 Round One CAO Offers Issued
The Central Applications Offices (CAO) has today (Monday August 18) issued 74013 Round One Offers to 50848 CAO Applicants. These offers consist of 39398 Level 8 course offers and 34615 Level 7/6 course offers. [more...]
13/08/2014
CAO Release Short Video Guide in Advance of Round One Offers
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has this week launched a useful online resource for CAO applicants who are anxiously awaiting Round One offers on Monday August 18. The four minute video titled ‘A guide to the CAO Offer and Acceptance process’ can be viewed on the CAO website www.cao.ie. The online video talks applicants through the Offer and Acceptance process and aims to answer some common questions that arise at this time of the year. [more...]
02/05/2014
Increase in the number of applicants availing of the early bird discount for CAO
The late application closing date for CAO applications closed on May 1 at 5:15pm. The total number of CAO applications for the 2014 season was 77,725 – an increase of 1,641 applicants on the previous year. [more...]
24/04/2014
CAO Late Application deadline fast approaching
The CAO deadline for late applications is Thursday, May 1, at 5:15pm. CAO advises anyone thinking of applying for a place at a third-level institution to make sure to register on the system well in advance of this final deadline. [more...]
08/03/2014
CAO release 2014 course choices data
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2014 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of March 1st. [more...]
01/02/2014
73,063 applicants at close of CAO normal application deadline.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline closed at 5:15pm today, February 1st. The application figure to this deadline was 73,063. This figure does not represent the total number of CAO applicants as a late application facility opens in March and runs until May 1st at 5:15pm. [more...]
28/01/2014
CAO Application Deadline Fast Approaching
CAO advises all applicants to submit their CAO Application by February 1st at 5:15pm. The Central Applications Office (CAO) application deadline for undergraduate courses in Higher Education Institutions is this Saturday, February 1st, at 5:15pm. [more...]
20/01/2014
Reminder to CAO Applicants to enter course choices
The Central Applications Office (CAO) encourages all CAO applicants who have yet to enter any course choices to enter their chosen course codes using the My Application facility on the CAO website before 31st January. [more...]
06/01/2014
CAO Advice for Applicants
The CAO application deadline of February 1st at 5:15 pm is fast approaching, and it is extremely important that anyone considering applying to CAO for an undergraduate place at a higher education institution gets to work immediately. [more...]
15/11/2013
Applicants for HEAR and DARE scheme urged to apply early
Students wishing to apply through restricted supplementary admission for a place at an Irish higher education institution are urged by CAO to start their online application early. [more...]
01/11/2013
CAO launch a valuable resource guide for parents and guardians
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has launched The CAO: A guide for parents and guardians to coincide with the opening of the online applications facility on November 5. [more...]
31/10/2013
Students encouraged to start CAO application process when online facility opens in November.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) online application facility for undergraduate courses at Irish third-level Institutions opens on November 5. [more...]