Important dates for your CAO
Make sure you know all of the key dates if you’re applying to the CAO.
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Applying for a college course through the CAO is one of the many options you have when you are preparing to leave school. We’ve put together a few key dates if you are thinking of using the CAO to choose a college course for September.
If you are making a CAO application this year, there are some important dates to be aware of.
20th January 2024 (5 pm)
Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30.
1st February 2024 (5 pm)
Normal closing date for applications.
Nov 23rd – 2nd February 2024
Registration Window: HPAT – Undergraduate Entry to Medicine.
6th February 2024 (12pm)
Online facility to amend course choices becomes available (€10 Fee).
Before 15th February 2024
Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. If you do not receive this statement you should contact the CAO.
16th – 25th February 2024
Test sitting: HPAT – Undergraduate Entry to Medicine.
1st March 2024 (5pm)
Closing date for amending course choices.
Closing date for completion of the mature section of the application form.
Closing date for the final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms.
5th March 2024 (12pm)
Late application facility opens.
MSAP Test – For mature applicants to certain courses in UCD, UCC, UL and NUI Galway.
15th March 2024 (5pm)
Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO.
GAMSAT Test – Graduate Entry to Medicine.
Mature Nursing Test (PAS) Registration Window
1st May 2024 (5pm)
Closing date for late applications.
Mature Nursing Test (PAS) Test Window
Change of mind and statements of application
If you reconsider your options after filling out the CAO, it is possible to change your application.
7th May 2023 (12pm)
Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge.
Before 15th May 2023
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 2023
Statement of Application Record will be sent to all applicants. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours.
1st July 2023 (5pm)
Change of Mind closes.
Non-Standard Category Applicants and HEI
If you are a Non-Standard applicant, there are some important CAO dates to keep in mind.
Date to be decided
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 2023 (5pm)
Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI.
Date to be decided
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
You will receive your Leaving Cert results at the beginning of September.
Leaving Cert results are released.
Round 1 offers available from 14:00 online – also issued by e-mail and text.
Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ e-mail.
Available Places facility opens
Round 1 Acceptances closing date
Round 2 offers available from 10:00 online
Round 2 Acceptances closing date
Round 3 offers available from 10:00 online.
Round 3 Acceptances closing date
Round 4 offers available from 10:00 online. Applicants will also receive an offer notification by e-mail and SMS text.
Round 4 Acceptances closing date
Round 5 offers available from 10:00 online. Applicants will also receive an offer notification by e-mail and SMS text.
Round 5 Acceptances closing date
HEIs begin registration
Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released
Offer Season Ends.
5th November 2024
CAO application facility opens for 2024 applications
Please note that these dates may be amended.
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