Many people do not list courses when they first register with the Central Applications Office, or just fill in courses without much thought as a holding operation. If you did this you need to take a serious look at your choices this week. It could make the difference between getting into college or not, or between getting a course you have an interest in and one you are not interested in. Even if you are happy with the choices you filled in, make sure to check the forms received from the CAO setting out your choices. It is your responsibility to check and correct any errors before the deadline. You will not get the chance afterwards.
Note that the choice of college courses is constantly changing. Check the CAO website for new courses or changes to old ones that may affect you. Do not assume everything is still the same as when you originally filled out the CAO form. This is why you are allowed to change your mind up to the end of June. Fill in a list of courses, not just one or two, in case you do not get your first or second choice.
Over a 1,000 students with over 500 points can be expected not to get an offer because of a poorly thought-out list of courses on their application form. This can happen mainly because they they did not select any choices with under 500 points and only so many students can be offered a place on any given course.
GMIT is to operate a new Advice Centre for parents and students on CAO programmes, college choices and GMIT student life, in the run up to the CAO Change of Mind deadline.
The new GMIT Advice Centre, which will be operational from Monday 24 June, incorporates a new Callsave number, 1850 211 894, and interactive sections on the website www.gmit.ie where users can post questions and get immediate answers about all GMIT programmes. Questions can also be asked on the official GMIT facebook site, Facebook.com/gmitofficial.
The Callsave number 1850 211 894 will be open from Monday to Friday, during office hours. Questions will be answered by heads of department and the Schools Liaison Officer.
GMIT Registrar Michael Hannon says the new Advice Centre allows people to access information about the college 24 hours a day. “25% of CAO applicants use the CAO Change of Mind facility, and our new Advice Centre allows people to ask questions in the crucial week before the Change of Mind on 1 July (5pm).”
If there is a particular course or another college that you are particularly interested in, check out their website to see if they offer a similar information service. Once you have that taken care of, you can go off and enjoy the rest of the summer.