Maynooth University records highest number of CAO applications

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 16:30

Maynooth University has received its highest-ever number of applications for admission in September 2021.  Almost 17,000 applicants have applied to the University, according to figures released recently by the Central Applications Office (CAO), an increase of 12% year on year.  
The University plans to admit more than 3,500 students in the coming year, with the level of interest demonstrating the popularity of Maynooth University for undergraduate studies.
The increases in applications are noteworthy in areas such as Computer Science (34%) Biological & Biomedical Science (22%), Social Science (13%), Science (5%), Business (4%) and Law (4%). Maynooth's Bachelor of Arts degree continues to be the most popular course in the CAO, attracting more applications and first preferences than any other CAO course, and again this year has had an increase of 4% in applications.
Commenting on the CAO applications to the University, Prof Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, said: “These CAO figures, along with Maynooth University’s unique position as the highest-ranking Irish university in the Times Higher Education 100 Best Young Universities in the world, are indicators of the successful steps the University has taken to offer students an extraordinary level of flexibility and control over their educational experiences. Maynooth University offers students the kind of education that will equip them with the critical skills and ability to adapt to today’s rapidly changing job market. 
“We look forward to welcoming our new students for the academic year 2021/2022. In choosing Maynooth University, they will join one of the leading universities in the world, with strong international connections and a lively, dynamic, and rapidly growing campus.”
Prof Nolan added: “Construction of our new teaching and learning building is near completion.  This will provide additional teaching space, and study space. We are now starting construction of a new Student Centre which will provide a unique space for students, underlining the University’s reputation for outstanding student experience, a strong sense of community, and a rich social and cultural life.”