Half Of Students Expected To Get First CAO Choice

They'll be available from 2pm.

Thousands of students will get their first round offers from the CAO later today. 

From 2pm, they can log into their CAO account to view their offer, and will have until next Tuesday at 3pm to accept.

Mullingar Guidance Counsellor, Betty McLaughlin says around 50% of students are expected to get their first choice. 

She says they will need their number and password to log into the CAO website:

Competition for college places is expected to remain tight this year.

The number of places on certain courses - including nursing - have already been increased this year.

But the Irish Times' Education Editor, Carl O'Brien, says Leaving Cert grade inflation is likely to lead to the return of a lottery process for some courses:

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