Information for Parents/Guardians

As parents and guardians of students hoping to attend DCU in the next academic year, you may have many questions about studying with us. With this in mind, we have created this page to ensure you can find the information required for informed decision making about where to study.

Parent/Guardian Information Evening

Parent Information Evening coming soon!

The Student Recruitment Team is delighted to offer a number of Parent/Guardian Information Evenings over the coming months. 

These in-person sessions are designed to support parents/guardians of students who are considering Level 8 (university) study after their Leaving Certificate and may be suitable for those parents/guardians who have not been through the CAO process already and/or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

For more information, please click here.

Parents/Guardians Advisory Session

This recording, presented by DCU Student Support and Development, offers guidance to parents/guardians on how they can approach their son/daughter’s path to third-level education.

Navigating college life

Here are lots of helpful tips and pointers in helping you to navigate the transition to third level. Read more



Applying through the CAO

Learn more about supporting your prospective DCU student throughout the CAO process. Watch here

Upcoming events

Hear directly from DCU staff, students and alumni through our Open Days and virtual events. Find out more

Discover our campuses

Take this virtual campus tour of our three academic campuses in Glasnevin and Drumcondra


Go to our central CAO Hub to find all the information your prospective DCU student might need

You may be interested in listening to this really useful 20min podcast on "The CAO Application" with Donnchadh O'Mahony of the 'Leaving Cert Guidance Podcasts' with answers on:

  • What are the most common mistakes on the CAO application that can prohibit applicants from an offer? (e.g. don't forget to include your exam number on the CAO application form)
  • Where should applicants be at this stage in the CAO journey?
  • What is a Genuine Order of Preference and how significant is it?


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