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Please see below responses to a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding both the Admissions and Registration Process, including the Acceptance of a CAO Offer.

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Note : Online Registration for new entrants is now open. You will receive Online Registration instructions in your registration pack which will be issued by email on the 31st August and additionally by post on 1st September.

Please see below responses to a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding New Entrants and acceptance of CAO Offers:

1. How do I accept an Offer?

ONLINE: Offers may be viewed and accepted online at the CAO web-site (http://www.cao.ie) from 6.00 am on the Monday after the Leaving Certificate results have issued.  Please follow instructions on the CAO site.
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BY POST: The procedure for accepting an offer received in the post is printed on the back of the offer notice.  If you wish to accept an offer, you must return the appropriate part of the notice to the CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway to arrive no later than 5.15 pm on the Reply Date.  As only one offer may be accepted, care is required to return the correct part.  You are also advised to obtain a certificate of posting.

2. I’m thinking of deferring for a year?

An applicant who receives an offer and wishes to defer taking up the place for one year should submit their request in writing using form  DA2 Year 1 Deferral Application, stating the reason for the deferral request to the Registration Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford.  You must also include the offer notice from the CAO which states the course that you wish to defer.Such agreement is not guaranteed and is totally at the discretion of WIT.

3. How do I interpret the standard offer notice and determine which course I have been offered?

The Standard Offer Notice has three parts.  Part A lists your Level 8 and Level 7/6 Course Choices in order of preference with your corresponding points score, and your examination results.  Parts B and C show the code(s) for the course(s) being offered, Level 8 and/or Level 7/Level 6.  As only the course code is shown in each case, you will need to consult the CAO Handbook or the CAO Points Table printed in the national newspapers to check the full title of the course.  Ensure to keep a copy of CAO Handbook for reference purposes.

4. How do I know that my acceptance has been registered?

For those who have accepted an offer online, on completion of the procedure you can print out an acceptance receipt and then check your acceptance online after three working days.  Formal confirmation of receipt of acceptance will also be made by post within 3 working days of the Reply Date.

5. What if I have received more than one offer from the CAO?

ONLINE:  - Click View/Accept Offers then simply enter your 8 digit CAO number and your date of birth.  You can then specify one course of your choice from a list of courses available to be accepted.
BY POST:  - On the CAO Standard Offer Notice, the Level 8 and Level 7/Level 6 lists operate independently, so it is quite possible to receive two offers simultaneously on Parts B and C of the Offer Notice.  In this case, you can only accept one offer and must disregard the other.  Should both parts be returned, the CAO at its sole discretion will record an acceptance for only one course, the other will lapse.
In making your choice, it’s worth noting that while Level 8 Courses are well favoured, Level 6/Level 7 Courses in the desired subject are excellent qualifications in their own right, with excellent employment prospects and opportunities for further studies with a well established route from Level 6 to Level 7 to Level 8.  Remember also that accepting or rejecting an offer from either list at this stage will not exclude you from being offered a higher preference from either or both lists in later rounds, assuming there are vacancies available and points fall sufficiently.

6. What if I have been offered a course from the Level 7/Level 6 List, but nothing from the Level 8 List?

This would suggest that you don’t have enough points or meet the minimum entry requirements for your Level 8 choices.  You can accept your Level 7/Level 6 offer now and could receive an offer of a Level 8 course in later rounds should the points fall sufficiently and you meet the minimum entry requirements.

7. What if I get my first preference but I don’t want it?

If you’re offered your first preference in either the Level 8 or Level 7/Level 6 list it is assumed that you’ve been offered what you really wanted and no further offers will be made from that list for that Level.  The basic rule is that only higher preference choices can be offered in later rounds.  At this point, you will need to carefully consider all your options, which for some may even include re-applying through the CAO the following year.

8. Can I still change my mind at this stage?

No, there is no facility at this stage to change your course choices or the order of preference.  The closing date for the CAO Change of Mind Option is 1st July.

9. I seem to have enough points but haven’t been offered the course – why?

In addition to points, each higher education institution has its own basic minimum entry requirements and some courses may also require particular subjects/grades regarded as relevant to your course choice.  Just in case, you should re-calculate your points based on your six best subjects of one sitting of the Leaving Certificate, taking into account that institutions differ in the points they award for LCVP results, and check the WIT prospectus for minimum entry and specific course requirements.  If you don’t meet the minimum or specific course requirements, an * will appear immediately to the right of a Course Code on Part A of the Offer Notice, indicating the educational institution in question considers you ineligible for admission to that course.  It is also possible, that if there is an * beside the points required for the course on the CAO points table printed in national newspapers, that random selection applies in your case.  This means that not everyone with that number of points was offered a place.  You will have to wait for the second round to see if any vacancies arise.

10. I have enough points for the course I applied for but I failed maths which is a course requirement, is there any chance that I will be offered a place on the course?

No, there is no chance of being offered a place on a course when you fail to meet the course requirements.  Points are the final selection procedure and only come into play when an applicant has satisfied all other requirements for the course.
However, please refer to the Maths Initiatives section of the Institute’s website for details on the Maths Entry Exam process.

11. What if information on the CAO Offer Notice is incorrect?

In the unlikely event that any information on the Offer is incorrect you should contact the CAO immediately either on line using the email enquiries to [email protected] with “CAO” in the subject line and no attachments or by post using CAO Enquiry Form supplied with Offer Notice.  The address for the CAO is Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.

12. The CAO have confirmed that I don’t have a first round offer.

You could still receive an offer in later rounds should the points fall sufficiently and you meet the minimum entry requirements.  In the meantime, you should consider some of the many alternatives such as PLC courses or courses in Independent Third Level Colleges.  There is also the possibility of applying to view marked scripts for specific subjects prior to making an appeal, or repeating the Leaving Certificate and/or re-applying through the CAO next year.

13. What are my chances of getting a subsequent round offer?

There are no guarantees if you are hoping to secure a higher preference offer in later rounds as the CAO will try to fill as many vacancies as possible in the first round.  Any remaining vacancies will be offered in subsequent rounds usually with slightly lower points requirements.

14. If I accept or reject an offer, could I still receive a further offer in subsequent rounds?

Accepting or rejecting an offer from either list at this stage will not exclude you from being offered a higher preference from either or both lists in later rounds, assuming points fall sufficiently and you meet the minimum entry requirements.

15. I want to cancel my round one acceptance?

Please click here for detailed instructions.

16. What about Available places?

Should any places remain unfilled in a particular course after all offers have been made and the waiting lists of applicants meeting minimum entry requirements have been exhausted, such available places may be advertised and listed on the CAO website (http://www.cao.ie).  If you have not applied to the CAO previously, you may make an available place application to the CAO online. If you have already applied  to the CAO you may add an available place course to your list if preferences.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Tel: 051 845555

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Please see below responses to a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding CAO, Direct Entry and External Advanced Entry New Entrants Registration:


1. When I accept my offer with the CAO, when will WIT contact me?

From Wednesday 31st, WIT will send Registration Information to all applicants who have accepted an offer of a place in the Institute from Round A, Round Zero or Round 1.  If you do not receive your Registration details by Friday 2nd September, please contact 051 845555. Information will be issued to the email address you entered when you applied to the CAO on Wednesday 31st, followedup up with a hard copy by post, which you should receive on either Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd September.

2. External Advanced Entry - When will WIT contact me?

Should you be offered and accept your External Advanced Entry offer, you will be issued with Registration Instructions on on either Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd September.

3. When will Registration take place?

Registration for New Entrants to Waterford Institute of Technology will take place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September, 2016.  Classes commence on Wednesday 7th September 2016 with Induction for New Entrants.  However, before attending Registration, you must REGISTER ON-LINE as per the instructions in your registration information.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Tel: 051 845555

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

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Please see below responses to a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Institutes New Entrant Online Registration Facility for CAO, Direct Entry and External Advanced Entry:

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1. What is my WIT Student Number?

For New Entrants, your WIT Student Number was given to you on your Registration Details. Your Username is you Student Number.

2. Where do I get my Online Student Services Password?

For New Entrants, your password was given to you on your Registration Details.

3. I cannot access the Registration Page – why?

Firstly, in order to access the WIT Online Registration Page, you must have accepted your offer of a place at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) by the deadline provided.  Secondly, you must have log-in details (Username and Password)  which would have been issued to you in your Registration Details by the Institute’s Admissions Office.  If you continue to experience difficulties accessing the Registration Page, please send an email to [email protected] giving details of the exact error message displayed on your computer screen.  All emails will be responded to in strict rotation.

4. I have registered On-line and paid all fees, do I still have to go to Waterford Institute of Technology to complete my registration?

You must attend the Institute for Registration Day on your allocated date and time.  Please refer to your Registration Letter in your Registration Information.  Registration will take place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September.

5. How do I register if I miss Registration Day on the 5th or 6th September?

You must  complete the online registration as per the instructions on your registration details letter and call to the WITCard office to collect your WITCard.

6. Who do I contact if I have a Fees or Grants query?

Please call  051-302088/302867/302048/84569 or email [email protected] / [email protected]. Further information is available here.

 7. Who can I contact if my question is still not answered?

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

8. NOTE: Available Places 2016/2017

For 2016/2017 Entry WIT has advetised a number of Available Places. Should you apply for an Available Place and receive an offer, you will be contaced by our Admissions team on the day the offer has been issued (Thursday, 15 September), with instructions as to next steps, including your timetable. You will be invited to attend classes immediately as a guest of the Institute until you become a fully registered student.

Your registration details will be issued to you by the advertised CAO Acceptance Date +1 - we expect this to happen on Thursday, 22 September. Your username and password will be included in your registration details.

You must formally register online via the Web Registration portal using your username and password.  This process formally records you as an intended student of the Institute. Payment of the relevant fees and student contribution charges must be made as part of your web registration. Click here for a useful information guide to assist with this process, please read through the check-list prior to commencing your web registration. 

Once you have registered you will be able to access your course timetable in addition to the campus location of your classes.

Tel: 051 845555

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Please see below responses to a list of General Questions:


1. What is Induction?

This is the Institute’s programme to introduce students to the campus and their programme of study so that they can get used to their new surroundings and meet fellow students.  Incoming students are informed of the various services available to them during their time on campus. It also provides an opportunity for students to meet with academic staff and discuss various academic issues where this is relevant.
When you register at your appointed date and time, details of Induction will be given to you.

2. When will Lectures Commence?

Lectures and Induction for first years will commence on Monday 7th September, 2015. 

3. When will I get my Timetable?

Timetables will be distributed during your Induction to the Institute.  They will also be available from the School Administration Offices and the Institute’s website.  The location of the office relevant to you will be given to you on Induction Day.

4. When will I get my Academic Calendar?

The Academic Calandar will give you the commencement dates for each semester, study periods, holiday details and examination sessions.

5. How do I get a Student Registration Card?

To facilitate the issue of your Student Card (WITCard), please have a digital photo of Passport quality (e.g head and shoulders, front view, sharp and clear and against a plain background) ready for upload during the Online Registration process. Please check your email to ensure your photo has been accepted. The WITCard is the official identification card for students.  It is used for numerous services on campus including accessing the library, identification, printing, photocopying, point of sale and access control. Note that your WITCard photograph will be used for identification purposes and for academic and administration activities of the Institute.

6. What do I do if I lose my Student Registration Card?

If your WITCard is lost or stolen, this fact should be reported immediately to the WITCard Office (051-302732 or [email protected]). You will be responsible for all charges to the card until the card is reported missing.  A fee will apply when attaining a replacement. You can also access your Web Card Management account on the internet at any time and suspend your account.  For further information on the WITCard go to http://www.witcampusservices.ie/WITCard/

7. Are there Medical Services on Campus?

Student Medical Scheme: The WIT Student Medical Scheme was formed in 1987 and is managed by Campus Services. The aim of the healthcare scheme is to provide medical and nursing care to students. To find out more, and to join the healthcare scheme click on http://www.waterfordmedicalcentre.com/the-medical-centre-registration.

8. How do I find somewhere to live?

There is a variety of accommodation options available including: on-campus, digs and house share.  For information on accommodation, visit http://www.witstudentservices.com. ; You can also contact the WIT Main Accommodation Office on 051 302615. Accommodation lists are also available on a stand outside the WIT Card office during office hours.

9. Is there a crèche on campus?

No, however, please refer to waterfordcitychildcare.com for information on all matters relating to Childcare in the Waterford area.

10. How do I find out about Bus and Rail services to and from the Institute?

Information on and tickets for Bus and Rail services are on sale in the Campus Shops.  Locations:  Spar Shop & The Book Shop, Cork Road Campus and the Campus Shop, College Street .  Information is also available on http://www.buseireann.ie ; and http://www.irishrail.ie

11. Can I buy textbooks on Campus?

Yes, there is a book-shop located in the Spar Supermarket on the Cork Road Campus.  Books can be purchased and ordered here.

12. Where can I get a letter to say that I am a registered student of W.I.T. or forms Stamped by W.I.T.?

Please call to Cork Road Campus Reception (opposite WIT branch of AIB) or College Street Reception for assistance.


If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Tel: 051 845555

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]