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Elite Sportsperson Academic Entry Scheme

DCU has put in place a special academic entry scheme for elite sports persons across a number of undergraduate degree courses. A number of academic places are reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of performance, competing at one or a combination of international, national, inter-provincial and inter-county level. Under this scheme, applications are not assessed solely on the basis of academic performance, but sporting achievements are also taken into consideration.

To be eligible, applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office before the normal closing date for applications, 1st February at 5.15pm, or before the late closing date for applications, 1st May at 5.15pm. See for further information. In addition, applicants must submit the online Elite Sports Persons Application Form before 1st May. The application form is available here

For more information on the Elite Sportsperson Academic Entry Scheme, contact Registry at Tel: 700 5338 or at

Please note this scheme is co-coordinated by Registry. The offer of an academic place at DCU through the Elite Sportspersons Academic Entry Scheme does not automatically include the offer of a Sport Scholarship Award. Applicants who wish to apply for a sport scholarship need to apply for this separately by clicking here