Around 54,000 applicants have today received 79,000 offers from the CAO for third-level places. More than 47,000 offers are being made at Level 8 or degree level, and 31, 788 for Level 7/6 courses.
CAO applicants can check to see if they have received an offer by logging on to their account using the 'My Application’ facility at www.cao.ie.
Successful applicants will also receive an offer notification via email and a text message if they have selected this option on their application form. Separate emails and texts will issue in respect of Level 8 and Level 7/6 offers. There will be no postal offer notice.
Offers must be accepted by 3pm on Wednesday, 16 September.
If an applicant has not received an offer they will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ email.
CAO Communications Officer Eileen Keleghan has reminded applicants to carefully consider any offers received in this round.
"One of the common queries that we receive at the offers stage is around order of preference.
"Applicants are reminded that if they receive a lower preference offer they can accept this offer and it will not prevent them from receiving an offer of a course higher up on their courses list in a later offer round if a place becomes available and they are deemed eligible.
"Those who have received an offer in this round should consider the current offer as being the only one they may receive.
"It is important that applicants notify CAO immediately using the Correspondence Section of their CAO account if there are any errors or omissions in their CAO account.
"They must make sure to do this well in advance of the next offer round to allow any corrections to be considered in subsequent offer rounds."
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Applicants with queries over the weekend are asked to submit them to CAO or the relevant Higher Education Institutions via the available online platforms.
The CAO says all queries will be reviewed and dealt with when offices reopen on Monday. CAO will be monitoring for urgent account access issues over the weekend, and some HEIs may also offer a limited online communications service during this time. "You can contact CAO by sending an email from the Correspondence Section of your CAO account", Ms Keleghan added.
It is possible that applicants may receive two offers at the same time: one from the Level 8 list and one from the Level 7/6 list.
Applicants must choose between these lists and can only accept one offer. A short video guide explaining the CAO Offer and Acceptance process is available to view on the CAO website.
To contact CAO during this extremely busy time they ask applicants to use the Correspondence Section of their CAO account giving as much information as possible and including the nature of their enquiry in the subject line. CAO will endeavour to respond to queries, usually within one working day.
Round Two offers will be available to view on the CAO website from 10am on Wednesday, 23 September. The reply date by which Round Two Offers must be accepted is Friday, 25 September at 12pm. Offers are then issued on a weekly basis to fill any remaining places.
Applicants who do not receive an offer may wish to check the 'Available Places' facility which reopens on the CAO website on Monday, 14 September at noon. This facility is also available to new applicants on the completion of the online application form and the payment of a €45 fee.
For more information on the CAO Offer and Acceptance Process or the Available Places facility, applicants should go to www.cao.ie or consult the CAO Handbook.