CAO release 2018 course choices data
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2018 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of March 1st.
The data shows applications by course classification, level and by address group.
72,643 applications were received by CAO by the February 1st closing date – a decrease of 3,443 (-4.5%) applicants on the previous year.
There was a total of 8,539 applications from applicants over 23 years of age – down 1,168 (-12.0%) applications from 2017.
6,571 applicants indicated that they wish to be considered for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)– an increase of 186 (+2.9%) from last year.
A total of 10,465 applicants indicated that they wish to be considered for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) – a decrease of 1,023 (-8.9%) from 2017.
The data provided at this stage is interim data and is subject to change when Late Applications are taken into account and when the Change of Mind facility closes on July 1st at 5:15pm.
Speaking about the application figures, communications officer for CAO, Eileen Keleghan, commented: “The majority of CAO applicants will be permitted to use the Change of Mind facility when it opens on May 4th to add, remove or re-order course choices, which will result in changes to the figures released today”.
“Late applications are also being accepted up to May 1st at 5:15pm”.
“All CAO applicants will receive a Statement of Application Record before the end of May. This Statement will contain details of important information held on file for an applicant – including course choices and examination details. Any errors or omissions identified in this document must be communicated to CAO immediately” she added.
To apply to CAO go to www.cao.ie and click on Apply.
Registered applicants can log in to view and edit their account information using the My Application facility.
Changes to course choices can be made using the Change of Mind facility between the 4th of May and the 1st of July at 5:15pm – restrictions apply.