CAO applicants are reminded that the Change of Mind deadline is this Saturday, 1st July at 5:15 pm.
This free facility offers applicants the opportunity to add, remove or change the order of their course choices. [Some restrictions apply – for more information see page 3 of the CAO handbook].
CAO advises all applicants to think carefully about introducing new courses or changing their order of preference at this stage in the application process.
CAO General Manager, Joseph O’ Grady, asks applicants to remember to place their course choices in genuine order of preference; “Every year we experience a surge in last-minute amendments to CAO applications. This is due to a number of factors, for example, more time spent researching courses and the introduction of new areas of interest.
“In 2016, fifty-four per cent of applicants availed of the Change of Mind facility at least once. “What we would like to advise applicants to avoid doing is making changes to their order of preference or course choices based on how they feel they have performed in their examinations.
“If applicants simply follow the golden rule of placing all of their courses in their genuine order of preference they will be offered the course highest up on their preference list that they are deemed entitled to, if any”, he added.
Other advice for applicants from CAO is as follows:
- Make sure to carefully check your application and ensure that all of the course codes are correct and listed in order of preference.
- When entering new courses or editing existing course choices applicants must list ALL courses on the New Choices list.
- Use the online Change of Mind facility – it is quicker, easier and helps to reduce the opportunity for applicant error.
- Carefully read any correspondence from CAO, including the ‘Statement of Course Choices’ which is sent to applicants after amendments are made to CAO course choices. Applicants will also receive an email showing these changes.
What happens next?
The date for Round 1 CAO Offers is 21st August. Applicants will be notified by post and e-mail if they have received an offer and will have until 5:15 pm on 28th August to register an acceptance.
Applicants who do not receive an offer in Round 1 will receive a Statement of Application Record which they must carefully check and notify CAO of any errors or omissions. The expected date for Round 2 Offers is 31st August.
A video guide to the CAO Change of Mind process is available here.
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