MU sets new record in CAO first preference applications

Monday, March 11, 2024 - 09:00

Maynooth University has recorded its highest ever rate of CAO first preference applications, exceeding last year’s record, according to new Central Applications Office figures. 

The record number for 2024 is part of an upward trend in first preference applications and reflects MU’s increasing popularity as a university of choice.  

This year the University has seen a rise of 7% in first preference applications, underscoring Maynooth's innovative curriculum offering students the choice to progressively specialise while pursuing a broad range of studies.  

 Several programmes have seen a substantial increase in first preferences, notably: 

  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry (+ 70%) 
  • Education - Primary Teaching/Froebel (+52%) 
  • Psychology (+45%) 
  • Accounting and Finance (+36%) 
  • Computer Science (+27%)  
  • BSc Biotechnology (+21%) 
  • BSc Biological and Geographical Sciences (+20%) 

There has also been strong demand for the new programmes introduced for 2024, including the BSc Sports Science and Health programme and BSc Food Science and Nutrition in the newly-established Department of Sport Science and Nutrition.  

Commenting on the figures, Prof Eeva Leinonen, President of Maynooth University, said: “Today's CAO figures confirm the quality of education we provide at Maynooth University.

"Students value the collegial and supportive environment in which they study and the expanding offer of new courses and areas of study. We look forward to welcoming new students in the autumn to our vibrant campus.”