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Press releases

CAO Late Application facility closing on 1 May at 5:15pm
The CAO deadline for late applications is Saturday, 1 May at 5:15pm. Potential applicants are advised to register on the system well in advance of this deadline. [more...]
CAO release 2021 course choices data
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2021 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of 1 March. The data shows applications by course classification, course level and by applicant address. [more...]
79,303 applicants at close of CAO normal application deadline
The Central Applications Office (CAO) normal application deadline closed at 5:15pm today (Monday, 1 February). The application figure to this deadline was 79,303. [more...]
CAO application deadline of 1 February fast approaching
Applicants who have not yet started their application are urged by CAO to do so immediately, particularly mature applicants, applicants for the HEAR or DARE schemes, or those who are thinking about applying for a restricted course. [more...]
66,457 applicants to CAO by 20th January
The application figure by the close of the reduced-fee time was 66,457. This figure is an increase of 5,070 applicants on the same date last year. [more...]
922 CAO offers in Round 4
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Thursday, 8 October) issued 922 offers to applicants in Round Four of the CAO offers process. [more...]
CAO Round 4 Offers to include applicants affected by the Leaving Certificate calculated grades error
The higher education institutions and CAO have agreed to include offers arising from corrections to Calculated Grades along with Round 4 offers this week. Round 4 offers will be available to view online at from 10am this Thursday, 8 October. [more...]
CAO Statement on errors in Leaving Certificate calculated grades system
The role of the Central Applications Office is to process applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). All decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates. [more...]
2955 Round Two CAO offers issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Wednesday, 23 September) issued 2,955 offers to applicants in Round Two of the CAO offers process. [more...]
78,950 Round One CAO Offers Issued
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today (Friday, 11 September) issued 78,950 Round One Offers to 53,815 CAO applicants. These offers consist of 47,162 Level 8 course offers and 31,788 Level 7/6 course offers. [more...]

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