9 March, 2019: Maynooth University has experienced its highest-ever level of first preference applications, with almost 3,600 students selecting Maynooth as their university of choice for the 2019-20 academic year. This figure represents a 7% increase on applications from 2018.
The increases in first preferences are recorded right across the University’s degrees, particularly the broad entry degrees in Science (17%), Arts (16%), Law (29%), and Business (6%). Demand for the University’s primary education degree has risen by 9%. Maynooth University’s Bachelor of Arts continues to have the largest intake and is the most popular course in the country.
Maynooth’s sector-leading growth comes at a time when overall CAO application figures have remained relatively flat, increasing by 1%. This speaks to the success of Maynooth’s new undergraduate curriculum. The new model 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 number of entry-routes into Maynooth University have been reduced in order to streamline the CAO application process and to offer broader courses that allow students to make more informed choices about the best education for their future.
Commenting on the figures, Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, said:
“Maynooth University holds a unique position amongst Irish universities, and these latest CAO figures are a gratifying endorsement of the bold choices we have made as an institution. We are proud to offer our students the greatest level of flexibility and control over their education in the Irish sector and we will continue to listen to students as their needs evolve. In a rapidly changing jobs market, our model of education prepares students to be adaptable, creative and resilient thinkers. Our graduates leave Maynooth fully equipped with the critical thinking and communication skills they need to meet the needs of their employers, bringing fresh ideas and approaches so they can contribute from day one.”
“We look forward to welcoming our new students for the 2019-20 academic year. However, a key concern for us, as the University grows, is the urgent need for additional funding to the university sector so we can properly support these learners. While we will continue to innovate and invest in research and education to ensure that Maynooth continues to be the destination of choice for students, the government needs to co-invest with us to ensure these students have the facilities and teaching supports required to flourish and reach their full potential.”