Your CAO Application

Welcome to the CAO Advice Portal.

The CAO season is in full swing before the Leaving Certificate Exams begin. From May until July 1st you can amend and change your course choices as part of Change of Mind.

If you need advice or need to discuss course options, you can contact the Admissions Office by email: or by phone: +353 (0)21 490 3571

Student Profiles

I chose UCC for the diverse Music Programme"

Conor Arkins

Final Year Bachelor of Music, Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar, from Clare

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The two year I have now spent here have been the best of my life to date"

Ciara Judge

2nd Year BSc Genetics from Kinsale, Co. Cork. Quercus Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholar

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Take the time to meet new people and make lifelong friends. Enjoy the overall college experience because it will fly!"

Paul Kiernan

Final Year Bachelor of Commerce Degree, from Co Cork. Quercus Sports Scholar (Rugby)

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UCC has a tradition of independent thinking, where we are taught that great minds don't think alike"

Sarah Jameel

4th Year Dentistry, from Sri Lanka and Canada. Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar.

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Coming to University was not an option for me when I left school, and when the opportunity arose in 2012 I’m glad I made the decision to study at UCC. It was one of my better decisions in life.

Barry O'Reilly

BA, MA, PhD Candidate

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UCC Survival Guide: top tips for surviving university

For students; by students
These Student Survival Tips have been put together for you by our undergraduate students. Who better to advise you than students who have been through it all already!
Visiting Campus prior to filling out your CAO is extremely helpful

Damien McCarthy

3rd Year BA French and English

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Keep a rough account of your expenses so you can keep track of what you are spending

Emma Ambrose

3rd Year BA Early Years and Childhood Studies

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You never feel alone or lost on campus, especially with all the fantastic services provided

Jennifer Clifford

2nd Year BA World Languages

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I make a conscious effort to go for a swim at least once a week

Kate Buckley

2nd Year

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International Companies are looking for Arts students because we think differently

Rebecca O'Callaghan

2nd Year BA Spanish and Computer Science

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Societies and Clubs are one of the best ways to integrate yourself into University life

Siobhán Lee

BSc Physics and Astrophysics

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