Multi-million campus investment, innovative and revamped programme offering, while nurturing a supportive community environment for their students to thrive, has contributed to the increase in demand.
Despite a reduction of over 1,000 applicants nationally to the CAO, IT Sligo has seen a 48% increase in Level 8 mentions and a 28% increase in Level 6 & 7 mentions compared to the same period last year. This reflects a 96% increase in Level 8 and 68% increase in level 6 & 7 mentions in two years.
Nationally, applications to arts and humanities, environment, languages, architecture and construction courses have seen the biggest increase in applications, while there has been a reduction in applications to health sciences.
That reduction is not reflective of IT Sligo, as they have broken the national trend and increased their mentions in health sciences by 20%. Similar increases can be seen across all three faculties of Business & Social Sciences, Engineering & Design and Science.
IT Sligo’s Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager, Cleo Devaney said it was an exciting time for the institute as they prepare to become a university:
“The Schools Engagement and academic teams at IT Sligo have been working closely with guidance counsellors, FE Colleges and post-primary schools, communicating the extensive offering, state of the art facilities and fantastic progression opportunities available at our 72 acre campus, located in the heart of Sligo town. As we transition to become Atlantic Technological University, we know that students coming to Sligo will benefit from a University qualification, excellent quality of life and become part of a thriving student population. There has never been a better time for students to choose IT Sligo.”
Ms Devaney added the reputation of the institute had reached beyond the region:
“Applicants from all corners of Ireland, Europe and beyond, recognise the fantastic reputation the Institute has in terms of academic excellence and research. IT Sligo students have access to some of the best facilities available in third-level education in the country, to ensure they graduate with the highly sought-after skills to succeed in their chosen career.”
Applications are still open for IT Sligo, who together with GMIT and LYIT, will become Atlantic Technological University in April. Late applications are now open on the CAO until the 1st May at 5pm. The online free change of mind facility will open on the CAO on 5th May and remain open until 1st July. Visit www.itsligo.ie/CAO for more information.