Key Facts and Figures for 2016/17

New Entrants

Total 43,569

94% of New Entrants
are Irish

  • 57% of new entrants are in the University Sector.
  • 43% are in the Institute of Technology Sector.


Total 225,628

  • 80% of students enrolled in full-time programmes.
  • Full-time undergraduates increased by 10% in the last five years.


Total 69,633

24% came from 'Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics', 'Information & Communication Technologies' and 'Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction'.

  • 48,769 undergraduates and 20,864 postgraduates.
  • 18% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates got a first class qualification.


Full-time students

  • There are 1,840 part-time research students, an increase of 23% over the last five years.
  • Almost 9 in 10 research students are studying in universities.



10.3% of new entrants indicated that they have a disability

  • 9% of full-time undergraduate new entrants were mature.
  • 87% of part-time undergraduate new entrants were mature.


2.4bn Annual income of the higher education sector

  • €1.7bn spent every year on pay costs.
  • Almost 16,000 (or 7% of) students pay a non-EU fee every year.