- Incoming First Year Students
- Registering as a first year student
Registering as a first year student
Registration is when you enrol on your degree programme, pay your fees and upload your Personal Identity documentation. These are your first steps to becoming a UCC student. In UCC, First Year Registration has a number of steps that you must complete. Below is a useful guide to bring you through the process.
This is an essential step in becoming a UCC student. During registration, you will enrol on your degree programme, choose modules (if applicable), provide biographical information, complete fee payment and download a copy of your confirmation of registration to your phone. Explore the steps in more detail.
After you accept your offer to study in UCC you will receive two emails within 3 days of the date you accepted your offer that will contain important information to help you complete Registration.
- The registration email will contain detailed information about the steps involved in registration as well as details of your UCC student number and your UCC student umail address.
- The second email will contain your UCC IT account password, as well as a link to instructions on how to complete Registration.
You will need the IT Account Password to access the online systems for registration, as well as for accessing other important UCC IT Systems such as Canvas (our learning platform) and your UCC email account.
If you did not receive your registration or IT account emails please let us know.
If you have any queries regarding resetting your password or changing your password please let us know.
Enrol on your degree course
One of the first things you will need to do is officially register on your course. If there are optional modules, you will also need to choose these. This will allow us to create your timetable, which will tell you when and where your classes will be.
This is all done via the MyStudentAdmin system. Full details on how to complete your registration will be sent to you by email a few days after you accept a CAO offer.
Provide biographical information
UCC needs to know particular information about you such as your contact details and other biographical information. Again, this information is provided through the secure MyStudentAdmin system. Details on how to access the system will be sent to you by email.
If you are already an National University of Ireland (NUI) graduate and wish to register with details that differ from those on your graduate record (for example, your married name, your gender, name change by deed poll, and so on) you must first update your personal details with the NUI.
Complete fee payment
While the Higher Education Authority (HEA) pays 3rd level tuition fees for eligible students, most students must still pay the student contribution charge of €3000 for all undergraduate programmes and the capitation fee of €138. To find out how much you will need to pay, visit our Fees office website.
Complete the HEA survey
WHAT IS THE EQUAL ACCESS SURVEY?
The Equal Access Survey is an annual, voluntary set of questions asked of first-year full-time and part-time undergraduate students to Higher Education Authority (HEA)-funded institutions. The questions are asked as part of the registration process at the start of the academic year.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EQUAL ACCESS SURVEY?
The Equal Access Survey is conducted by your institution and data from the survey is returned to the HEA for analysis purposes.
WHY IS THE EQUAL ACCESS SURVEY CONDUCTED?
With the information obtained from the Equal Access Survey, the HEA can measure progress on national targets relating to equity of access to higher education and can develop the evidence base to inform policy in this area.
WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED?
To help progress the goal of equal access to higher education for all, information is gathered on the disability, ethnicity (including members of the Irish Traveller and Roma communities), lone parenthood status and commute time of students to higher education.
IS COMPLETING THE EQUAL ACCESS SURVEY MANDATORY?
While all students are encouraged to complete the Equal Access Survey, it is not mandatory. However, answering the survey questions will help in developing a better understanding of the student population and their needs. Non-response may have implications for the amount of State funding allocated to your institution.
Confirmation of registration
Once you have completed registration, you will receive a confirmation of registration. You can download this to your phone and bring with you when you go to collect your Student ID Card (check your orientation timetable to find out the time range that has been allocated to you for ID Collection).
Registration - Next Steps
Registration involves a number of further documentation upload steps that we need you to complete. Once these are done, you'll officially be confirmed as a UCC student. After online registration is completed you will receive:
- an email with the procedure to upload identification documents for garda vetting (if applicable for your course).
- another email with weblinks to allow you to upload valid Personal Identity documents.
Upload Personal Identity documents
This step is compulsory for all students and allows us to validate your identity. The following documents are valid personal identity documents for UCC registration:
- Birth Certificate
- Passport (photo page)
- Irish NDLS Driving Licence (new credit card format only)
- Marriage Certificate (if you wish to register under your married name)
You will be emailed shortly after completion of online registration, with details of how to complete the above registration step.
Upload identification documents for Garda vetting
Some courses require students to undergo Garda vetting. In accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, programmes of study that include a relevant work placement, where students will come in contact with children or vulnerable adults, are subject to the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy. If your programme of study is subject to Garda vetting, please take the time now to familiarise yourself with this important policy and its associated procedures at http://www.ucc.ie/studentvetting
If you are not sure if you're course requires Garda vetting, visit https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/admissionspolicies/studentvetting/
To upload your photograph for your student ID card and to book an appointment to collect your student ID card, please click here.
There are three parts to First Year Orientation in UCC.
On-campus orientation is compulsory. You must attend on a specific day (see timetable below).
During orientation you will:
- Meet your classmates
- Tour the library and campus
- Attend an IT Workshop
- Attend the compulsory Bystander Intervention / Consent Training
- Meet your Peer Support Leader who will support you throughout your first year
- Hear from the Students' Union
- Learn all about Clubs and Societies and how to join.
You are not registering for an on-line degree programme so you will be expected to be on campus throughout your first year. Orientation is a great way to start.
The Freshers' Fest is on Saturday 24 September so save the date now. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your classmates again. You can attend workshops, take tours, sign up for Clubs and Socs. We will have music and food stalls which add to a carnival atmosphere on campus. Your family and friends are welcome too - we will schedule events/activities for them at the Open-Door Welcome for Family & Friends.
You will receive your Guide to Succes and Freshers' Fest brochure in the post the week of 8 September.
We look forward to giving you a BIG UCC WELCOME.
You will be able to access this material online through our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, from mid-September.
Academic Orientation for Graduate Entry Medicine students will be available from 2 September.
During academic orientation, you will be introduced to the academic side of your university experience, including
- a welcome from some of our leading academics
- learning how your course is structured and what you will learn during your degree
- learning how you will be taught, how exams will take place, what assignments you will get and more
- meet peers and current students from your course
- opportunities to ask questions during live Q&A sessions
- ...and much more!
Got a registration query?
If you have a query, please reach out to us.