Irish first year students are only just finding out today if they are accepted to University for the first round of acceptance. (Note, it's already August 23... so no wonder we haven't heard from any students for our DIGS ad yet!) The number of points (grades) required to get into a particular program were announced by the media today, and apparently the high unemployment levels for that age group have increased the number of applications, and thus the competitiveness for program places. Here's more information about the points system.
I'm blogging this rather out-of-place blog, simply because when I first heard about it on the radio this morning I was so surprised!!! Round two acceptance goes out on September 2nd, and school starts on September 13th, which doesn't give the poor first year students much time to figure their lives out.