There has been an increase in the number of candidates who have applied for a place in third level education this year according to the latest figures released by the CAO last week.
The CAO received an additional 406 applications this year with a total of 73,157 applications being submitted by the 5:15 pm deadline on February 1st.
This minor increase is most likely due to a rise in Leaving Cert candidate numbers this year. However, despite the increase, this years report is far below the totals received in February 2016 and 2017 which saw over 76,000 applicants apply.
The CAO added that this was not the final figure for applications made this year as the late application facility will be open from March 5th to May 1st. Students who wish to submit a late application to the CAO will have to pay an additional €15 on top of the standard €45 price.
The highest number of CAO applications by February in recent years was recorded in 2017 when 76,086 applications had been received but saw fewer late applications being submitted.
Last year the CAO received an additional 5,142 applications after the February 1st deadline meaning it received 77,785 applications. In 2016 the CAO saw an additional 4,685 applications after the February 1st deadline which made it the year with the highest ever recorded total with 81,276 applications being made that year.
Despite the slight increase over last year and the finalisation of the Technology University of Dublin, TUD is expecting to receive similar numbers to the 25,000 applications across all 3 of their campuses last year.
The change of course facility closed on Tuesday.