The Central Applications Office (CAO) centrally processes applications for entry to the first year of undergraduate courses in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Republic of Ireland. It also issues offers to applicants, when instructed to do so by HEIs, and records acceptances. The CAO processes, on behalf of the HEIs, school-leavers presenting qualifications from other EU/EFTA countries as well as applications from Irish school-leavers presenting Leaving Certificate qualifications.
Below you will find 5 x documents that will assist you in making your application to the CAO.
The CAO system explained
This resource gives an overview of the Irish 'Central Applications Office' (CAO), the point system, a list of useful resources, timetable for events and some frequently asked questions from EB students related to applying to the CAO.
'Applying to CAO' (2021)
This resource, from the CAO, provides information on the purpose of the CAO, the application process, the 'CAO Handbook', HEI Prospectuses and lots more.
Additional CAO documentation (EU Applicants)
This resource outlines the documents generally necessary for EU applicants when applying to the CAO.
'Do's and Dont's'
This simple document has been compiled by the CAO to remind student of what to do and not do when applying through the CAO.
It is particularly useful to s7 students to consult in preparation for a CAO application.
'Dates and Tips' (2021)
This resource has a handy visual timeline of key dates in the CAO application process, as well as helpful tips for applicants.