Admissions FAQs

You have questions? We have answers!

We know this can be a challenging time for students and parents alike - so we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help you out!

You should accept your second choice, as you may not get offered your first choice in later rounds of CAO offers.  If you do get offered your first choice in a later round, you will still be able to accept that.

If a course does not fill on Round 1, it may go to Round 2, and will be filled from a waiting list.  You can email the Admissions Office or phone them directly at 091 71 2140 to find out more about the process.  Best of luck!

I’m afraid not.  You are only offered courses in order of preference (i.e. in the order you put them on your CAO form).   Hence, it is extremely important that you list your courses based on genuine order of preference and not on assumptions about examination performance or what you think the points will be for a course.  At the offer stage you will receive an offer of the course highest up your course choices list that you are deemed eligible for.  For more information about how offers are issued and ‘Order of Preference’ visit the CAO video guides in the ‘Student Resources’ section of the CAO website.

The content of Level 7 and Level 8 programmes with the same name (at ATU) are exactly the same.  Which one you accept depends on whether you wish to commit now to a four-year Level 8 programme, or to a three-year Level 7 programme.  If you do the latter, you can apply to do a one year-add on which will give you the Level 8 qualification.  You should also note, that if you take the Level 8 programme, and wish to stop after 3 years, you may apply for a Level 7 exit award.

‘We accept transfer students from other colleges if they have completed study to an appropriate level of similar content, and if we have places available on that programme. You will have to apply to a transfer to ATU Galway Mayo. For any queries, please contact

 Any courses in ATU Galway-Mayo with vacant places are listed on the CAO website from mid-August onwards. See ‘here’.

You will be given your timetable during induction. When you are registered and have your IT Password, you will be able to see your timetables on

Yes, ATU offers an instalment plan option.  Please email us at Fee Collection to review payment options.  Students with exceptional circumstances may be considered for financial support towards their fees through the Student Services office. Please email Student Services for further information in relation to this.

Please contact for any queries in relation to fees due and paying instalments. For any queries in relation to paying fees or arranging an instalment plan, please contact

Details for accommodation for students attending all of our campuses is available here.

ATU Students’ Union runs many clubs and societies. You can find a list here. Remember, if you don’t see the club or society you want, the Students’ Union can help you start a new one!

Students with disabilities should contact the Access Office in advance of commencing their course or as early as possible in the academic year so that supports can be put in place.  You can email the Access Office or phone them directly at 091 74 2129.

ATU’s Access Office supports students with disabilities, chronic illness and specific learning disabilities. Find out more here.

Yes, we offer free maths tuition to ATU Galway-Mayo students via our Math Learning Centre. Details on this can be found here -  Math Learning Centre | ATU Libraries Galway-Mayo (

Yes, the Access Office provides a range of supports for mature learners.  Email the Access Office or phone them at 091 74 21 29 for details. You may also find the Student Success Toolbox useful, as it is targeted at supporting mature students from thinking about study to the first weeks of college.

ATU recognises that, occasionally, students wish to leave the Institute without completing their programme of study.

If you are thinking of leaving, please discuss your options with us first so that you make the best decision for you. Talk to your Head of Department before you finalise your decision.

Read more about deferring or withdrawing from a programme.