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DkIT CAO Round One Offers Increase by 14%

11 September 2020

More than 2,483 third level applicants received offers from Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) today as part the Round One Offers via the Central Applications Office (CAO). This marks a 14% increase in offers issued by the institute in 2019. Close to 1,900 of these offers went to applicants listed DkIT as a first preference, representing a 12% boost on last year.

Speaking today, Dr Sheila Flanagan, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar said,

“On behalf of DkIT, I would like to congratulate all CAO applicants for reaching this milestone stage in their academic careers. We are delighted to increase our Round One Offers this year, and we look forward to welcoming a cohort of talented new learners to our community later this month.”

“This year has been like no other. The class of 2020 have completed their second level education in truly extraordinary circumstances, with the first cancellation of the Leaving Certificate and A-Levels examinations since their establishment. We have put additional supports in place to support applicants at this time as they consider their offers and we would encourage those applicants that may have questions or doubts about their third-level decisions to contact our admissions team via web, social or telephone. We are here to help.”

This year, like many other higher level institutes across the country, DkIT has reported a rise in CAO cut off entry points for undergraduate courses. Entry points for Level 8 courses have risen on average by  6% and 28% in Level 7 courses. 

“We are supportive of the approach adopted by the Minister of Education, in the allocation of calculated grades to the Leaving Certificate 2020 cohort in order to ensure students are treated fairly and equitably,  whether they present with Leaving Certificate results from this or previous years, or with QQI-FET awards. We also welcome Minister Harris’s decision to establish a significant number of additional places in higher education. As a result we have been able to increase places on high demand courses such as General Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Midwifery.”

“For those applicants who did not succeed in securing their first preference today or for those who have not yet applied to CAO, it is important to note that there are still opportunities to apply for third level this year via the Available Places facility. DkIT has limited available places on a variety of Level 7 and 8 courses this year which will be open for applications on Monday 14th September via CAO. We would encourage anyone who has an interest in progressing to higher education this year to visit our website ( or contact our admissions team.”

DkIT is organising a live Q&A with its Admissions Team via its website on Tuesday from 11am-1pm for CAO Applicants. Questions can also be directed by email to or telephone to +353(0)429370230.

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