Maynooth University greatly values the particular contribution of mature students to the academic and social environment of the University. A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. There is no upper age limit; we currently have students who range in age from 23 to over 70. Up to 250 mature students begin their studies here each year. Many of our mature entrants undertake preparatory studies in advance of gaining admission.

Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) which can be done online before 1st February. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Maynooth University website for updates. Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form and/ or interview/written assessment.