ALMOST three quarters of the courses on offer at the University of Limerick have seen a rise in points this year, with a “significant” rise in applications.
CAO first round offers were issued this morning to more than 2,500 students in Limerick who received Leaving Certificate results last week.
UL said that 73% of its programmes saw an increase in CAO points, while applications rose “significantly”. In total, 89% of courses saw points either increase or remain unchanged in the third level institution.
Forty nine of UL’s 67 programmes registered a CAO first round points increase with the average increase at 23 points. First round preferences for UL were up by 14% on figures for 2014, while the total number of applications has also increased by 9% as against this time last year.
UL Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon said it was “encouraging to see an increase in demand” for science, technology, and engineering courses, while business programmes also saw a rise in applicants, a fact he said reinforced the “quality of the education and student experience on offer at UL”.
Prof McCutcheon added that UL graduates were “22% more likely to have a job after graduation than a graduate from any other Irish University”.
There was a strong increase in demand for the programmes offered by UL’s Faculty of Science and Engineering with 23 of 29 programmes registering point increases.
Business programmes at UL’s Kemmy Business School saw a rise in applications across the board leading to an increase in points for the majority of programmes. The Bachelor of Business Studies, UL’s single largest programme, was up 15 to 420.
In construction related programmes, the BEng Civil Engineering increased by 25 points to 475, Construction Management and Engineering is up 40 points to 350 and Architecture is up on last year’s points to 390.
There was an increase in demand for all four of UL’s nursing programmes, while the Physiotherapy programme remains the highest in the country and is up on last year to 560 points. Sports and Exercise Science was at 485.
The BA in Journalism and New Media rose by 50 points to 415, while Languages and Literature also saw an increase to 345 and the BA in Economics and Sociology was up by 45 points.
Nationally, some 52,000 applicants have this morning received an offer from the CAO. There was a 25% increase in the course requiring 500 points or more, with law, engineering and business proving popular in institutions across the country.