Important dates for your CAO
Make sure you know all of the key dates if you're applying to the CAO
The Leaving Certificate is stressful enough not to mention all the things you have to remember. We've put together a few key dates that you can't forget if you are thinking of using the CAO to choose a college course for September.
6th November 2017 (12pm)
CAO online application facility and Change of Course choices facility opens.
20th January 2018 (5:15pm)
Apply online by this date to get the discounted application fee of €30.
1st February 2018 (12pm)
Closing date for applications.
Before 15th February
Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. If you do not receive this statement you should contact the CAO.
Between 2nd - 22nd February
Registration for Mature Nursing Test (PAS).
24th February 2018
HPAT - Undergraduate Entry to Medicine.
1st March (5:15pm)
Closing date for amending course choices and for final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms.
3rd March 2018
MSAP Test- For mature applicants to certain courses in UCD, UCC, UL and NUI Galway.
24th March 2018
GAMSAT Test- Graduate Entry to Medicine.
1st April 2018 (5:15pm)
Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO
Mature Nursing Test (PAS)
1st May 2018 (5:15pm)
Closing date for late applications.
Change of mind and statements of application
5th May 2018 (12pm)
Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge.
Before 15th May 2018
Late Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours.
Before end of May
Statement of Application Record will be sent to all applicants. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours.
1st July 2018 (5:15pm)
Change of Mind closes.
Non-Standard Category Applicants and HEI
Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message.
22nd July 2018 (5:15pm)
Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI.
Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message.
Leaving Cert results and offers
Leaving Cert results come out
20th August 2018 (6am)
Round 1 offers available from 6am online. Offers will also issued by post, e-mail and text message.
Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record.
24th August 2018 (5:15pm)
Round 1 Acceptances closing date. Acknowledgement of Acceptances posted within 3 working days.
29th August 2018 (10am)
Round 2 offers available from 10am online.
31st August 2018 (5:15pm)
Round 2 Acceptances closing date. Acknowledgement of Acceptances posted within 3 working days.
Early September 2018
HEIs begin registration
Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released
17th October 2018 (5:15pm)
Offer Season Ends.
For further help and advice about your CAO application form click here.