Maynooth University grows share of CAO first preference applications

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 08:15

Maynooth University has grown its share of CAO first preference applications with more than 3,360 students selecting Maynooth as their university of choice for the 2018-19 academic year. Maynooth’s growth comes at a time when overall CAO application figures have declined. This speaks to the success of Maynooth’s undergraduate curriculum which offers students a level of flexibility in when they choose to specialise, first-year critical skills modules, and opportunities to study across disciplines that are unique among Irish universities.

The latest CAO figures reveal increased interest in Maynooth University courses across all major fields, with a 33% increase in the number of first preference applications for Law, 27% for Science and Maths Education, and 22% for Primary Education.

Commenting on the figures Maynooth University President Philip Nolan said: “Maynooth University has marked 20 years since its foundation in 1997, and this is another significant milestone for the University. Maynooth University has tremendous momentum as an institution, and our success allows us to continue to attract world-class researchers and highly motivated students to the University into the future.” 

“We look forward to welcoming our new students for the 2018-19 academic year, and will continue to innovate and invest in our world-class research and educational opportunities to ensure that Maynooth continues to be the destination of choice for students across Ireland and beyond.”

Today, Maynooth University has more than 12,000 students, including almost 1,600 taught postgraduate and professional students and a growing cohort of over 400 research students. Maynooth University has recently marked 20 years since its foundation as an independent institution, and was recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world when Times Higher Education ranked it #49 in its 2017 Young University Rankings. The ranking is the highest position achieved by Maynooth, and is the highest position ever achieved by an Irish university.