Understanding the CAO

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes the majority of applications to Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEI). Students learn about the CAO process in their guidance modules in Transition Year and again in their 6th year guidance modules and in their individual guidance meetings. We also have an annual CAO information talk for 6th year students and their families. This years talk takes place on Tuesday 9th December at 7.30 pm in the Senior Hall for all 6th year students and their families.

Some important CAO dates
Please see http://www.cao.ie and your CAO handbook and information from your HEI’s for more particular details as this list is not exhaustive. Non-EU students may need to make separate applications in some cases.

5th November 12.00 noon
CAO online facility opens
Change of course Choices ( Free) facility opens (students may change courses as often as they want at this stage)

20th January 5.15 pm
Apply online by this date to avail of 25 euro discounted rate
31st January 5.15 pm
Closing date for free online Change of Courses.
1st February 5.15

Normal closing date for applications 40 euros
Restricted entry courses * must be included on your list by this date to be considered (*courses which require additional admissions procedures such as HPAT, interviews and/or portfolios)
1st March
Closing date for final completion of online HEAR and DARE forms * – see section in Handbook
Closing date for amending course choices – see CAO booklet
More tests and interviews for restricted courses are held in March and April
1st April
Latest date for HEAR/DARE documentation to arrive in CAO
5th May
Online change of Mind facility becomes available
Before End of May
Statement of Application sent to all applicants
This should be checked for errors
1st July
Change of Mind closes
Mid August
Leaving Results issued
18 August (expected)
Round 1 offers issued.
25th August (expected)
Round 2 offers issued

For more information: http://www2.cao.ie/downloads/documents/CAO_mapping_your_future_presentation.pdf

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