About WIT Headers

At A GlanceRankings


WIT consistently ranks as one of the top Institutes of Technology in the Sunday Times University rankings and this year sees the Institute hold ninth position behind the seven universities and DIT.

In its supplement of Sunday, 7 October 2012, the Sunday Times described WIT as follows:

The heavy hitter of the southeast, Waterford IT continues to perform strongly and is the second highest ranked institute of technology in our league table again this year, coming in ninth overall when Ireland’s seven universities are factored in.

Over the past decade more than €150m has been invested in capital projects at Waterford, bringing enviable facilities from information technology to sports. A student services building is to come.

A massive increase in research funding – up from €14.4m to €21m this year – means Waterford continues to dominate the institute of technology sector in this area. Its projects include the prevention of a leading cause of blindness. Researchers have brought in 165 projects in the past year.

Graduate unemployment has fallen to 7.2%, in ninth place nationally and ahead of three universities. Waterford IT boasts a fine sporting tradition. Two of Ireland’s Paralympians, Ray O’Dwwyer and Orla Barry, hail from the Institute, and more than 1,000 students join at least one of its four GAA clubs. Its camogie team won the Ashbourne cup this year for the fourth  time in a row and its hurlers are eight-times winners of the Fitzgibbon cup. Appropriately, one of the honours degree courses starting this year is a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Performance. Another is a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Chinese.

Academic performance is impressive, in joint fifth place, with 62.4% achieving a first or 2:1 result.

Worst Feature: The college is spread across four campuses
Facilities: New buildings and the library is state-of-the-art
Deal Clincher: High-class sports facilities, cheap accommodation and easily accessible by road and rail


Overall Performance

  • Sunday Times ranking 9

  • Research income  €21m

  • Median points for entry 359 (270-425)

  • Unemployment 7.2%

  • Firsts and 2:1s 62.4%

  • Student/staff ratio 13.4:1

  • Dropout rate 24%

Vital Statistics

  • Undergraduates 6,155

  • Postgraduates 425

  • Teaching staff 508

  • Mature students 31.3%

  • Overseas students 2.5%

  • Non-standard entry 37%

  • Sports facilities *****