Key Facts and Figures for 2017/18

New Entrants

Total 44,124

93% of New Entrants
are Irish

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


Total 231,710

  • 79% of students enrolled in full-time programmes.
  • Full-time undergraduates increased by 10% in the last five years.


Total 70,515

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

  • 48,931 undergraduates and 21,584 postgraduates.
  • 19% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates got a first class qualification.


Full-time students

  • There are 1,977 part-time research students, an increase of 25% over the last five years.
  • Almost 8 in 10 research students are studying in universities.



10.6% of new entrants indicated that they have a disability

  • 9% of full-time undergraduate new entrants were mature.
  • 84% 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.