The deadline for acceptance of first round third-level course offers from the Central Applications Office passed at 5.15pm this afternoon.

Offers were made to almost 50,000 students last Monday.

Second round offers will be made on Thursday.

Nearly all acceptances were made online last year.

Points requirements this year are relatively similar to 2012.

In many cases, popular courses such as Arts or Science in the major universities show little or no change compared to last year.