Thinking CAO? Think The New DCU

8 reasons why any Leaving Certificate or Mature student should have DCU on their CAO application form before the deadline on Monday 1st February.



  1. Small Campus, Big Community, Bright Future

DCU has now transformed into “The New DCU”. Quite simply, first year students of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (SPD), Mater Dei Institute of Education (MDI) and Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) are now DCU students. Students will benefit from expanded services in counselling, work placement, careers, financial assistance, sports and health, chaplaincy and disability and learning support, and will avail of a new student centre to be built on the DCU Glasnevin Campus and a new student health centre which has opened on the DCU St Patrick’s campus.

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DCU student population consists of 13,000 students (16,000 over three academic campuses) from the four corners of Ireland. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing University. Students over the next few years will benefit from the new DCU Student Centre to be built on the DCU Glasnevin Campus, which will be the focal point for all student social activities.

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DCU is credited with the introduction of a work placement programme into university practices. The primary reason I placed DCU Business (DC111) over Commerce in UCD was Intra. Intra gives DCU students the opportunity to gain practical work experience during their studies. DCU will assist you through the entire process, and student will graduate with practical industry experience. DCU Intra companies include KPMG, LinkedIn and Intel. Between 40-50% of DCU students that graduated from my undergraduate class began their career path at an Intra employer, a testament to the success of the programme. Over 70% of DCU undergraduate students study for a year overseas or gain an integrated and accredited work placement as part of their degree programme.

3. DCU Sport

Sport and DCU go hand in hand, whether you are looking to improve your personal fitness in DCU Sports Gym or join one of the many sports teams, DCU caters for all ages and abilities. DCU Sports Centre has been named Ireland’s ‘Sports Centre of the Year’ three times and also nominated as ‘Best Sports Facility’ at the Sports Industry Awards 2015. DCU Gym offer 65 fitness classes delivered by a great team of fitness coaches in a fitness centre of over 100 pieces of equipment.

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Students can also benefit from the DCU Sports Academy, which focuses on GAA and Athletics. DCU has experienced success on both the track and field in the past year. DCU performed strong in the intervarsities last year whilst also winning the Sigerson Cup, champions in three of the past five years of the competition. DCU boasts two GAA fields, two Soccer pitches, one Rugby pitch, ten tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, two squash courts, a sprint track, basketball court and six Astro pitches. DCU campus facilitates all sports you can think of and more!


4. DCU Club’s & Societies


Home to ‘Ireland’s Best Society 2015‘ (DCU MPS), DCU is famed for the success of its Societies. There are 75 Societies in DCU and the best thing to do is throw yourself into any one of them, if not, set up your own! Societies include Global Brigades DCU, Africa Soc, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Soc, Harry Potter Soc, R.A.G. (Raising and Giving) and many many more.


Clubs provide a great opportunity for students to get involved in the sporting aspect of DCU life. 42 clubs allow students to get involved in sports such as Ultimate Frisbee, Surf ‘n Sail, Boxing and both mens and women GAA. DCU Ladies Football are current League Division 1 and 3 champions, DCU Mens Football are the current Sigerson Cup Champions and Ryan Cup Champions .


5. Graduate Opportunities

“DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers” (Irish Universities Association). 92% of DCU graduates are in full time employment or further study within 6 months of graduating. Not only are you going to have a great time during your time in DCU, opportunities as a graduate of this university are vast. DCU will help you along every step of the way.

Notable Alumni undergraduates include Laura Whitmore (Journalism), Neil Delamere (Computer Applications), Ardal o’Hanlon (Communications), Matt Cooper (Journalism) and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Primary Teaching).

6. Young University recognised on the Global Stage

DCU Business School is currently in the final stages of the application of becoming AACBS accredited. Quite simply, this would place DCU Business School amongst the top 5% of the world’s business schools.

“AACSB-accredited schools are considered to be the best business schools in the world. Their undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degree programs have passed rigorous standards for quality. AACSB-accredited schools have better programs, better faculty, better students with higher overall GPAs, more international students, more employers that recruit from them, and graduates that receive better salaries.”

Not bad, when you consider DCU is Ireland’s only university placed in the top 50 universities under the age of 50. DCU also ranks amongst the top 200 most outward-looking  international universities in 2016.

7. Uaneen Module

Unique to DCU, this module gives you the student the opportunity to be recognised for the work you do outside the classroom environment, be it volunteering in the community or playing for your local GAA team etc. Get involved from the beginning and reflect upon it at the end, see how the story plans out! Uaneen is a great talking point on any students CV and often can distinguish you from other candidates in a job interview.

8. DCU Support

Making the transition from school to university or the workplace back into education can be a daughting prospect, but once you arrive on the doorstep, comprehensive support will be provided to you if and when required.

DCU founded and operate the largest Access Programme of any university in Ireland with over 1,000 Access students on campus in 2015, myself included. 93% of DCU Access Programme students go on to complete their third level education studies. The Access Programme has provided me with financial assistance, an introduction to two mentorship programmes (eBay and Google) and consultation in first year. I am also the recipient of the Access Accommodation Scholarship this year, supporting me through my masters. The Access Programme provides Leaving Certificate students an opportunity to study at third level, an opportunity I am forever grateful to receive.

DCU provides student support and development in areas such as Careers, Access, Mature Students, Disability & Learning Support, International Students, Counselling Services, Health service and a Student Advice Centre.

Your choice, your future.


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