Maynooth University has recorded its highest ever number of CAO first preference applications. The record number is in line with a general upward trend of applications to the University over recent years reflecting its increasing popularity as a University of choice. This year the University has seen a rise of 2% in first preference applications against a backdrop of a decline in CAO honours degree applications of 1% nationally.
The Maynooth Arts degree has this year recorded the highest number of applications of any course in the CAO system, reflecting the popularity of the flexible Maynooth curriculum in which students can choose to progressively specialise while pursuing a broad range of studies.
Several programmes at the University have seen a substantial increase in first preferences including Business and Languages (+37%), Law (+27%), Social Science (+26%) and Science (+12%).
There has also been a strong interest in the new BSc in Business with Sport Science degree programme, introduced for entry in 2023, which offers students the opportunity to study Business with Sport Science, given the importance of this growing sector for the economy and society. The University is planning to introduce a number of programmes in the coming years in the health related area given the increasing needs of the country’s population in the future.
Commenting on the figures, Prof Eeva Leinonen, President of Maynooth University, said: “Today’s CAO figures, together with Maynooth University’s position as the highest-ranking Irish university in ‘Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities’ globally, are key indicators of our innovative curriculum, offering students an extraordinary level of flexibility and control over their educational experiences. Maynooth University offers students the kind of education that will equip them with the critical skills and ability to adapt to today’s rapidly changing job market.”
“We look forward to welcoming our new students for the academic year 2023-2024. Maynooth University is a vibrant and stimulating place to study and we continue to invest and innovate to ensure that we offer our students a world class education and experience. Their arrival will coincide with the launch of the University’s new Strategic Plan which will chart an ambitious path for the University in the coming years.”