Prospective Undergraduate Students


UCD offers academic scholarships on entry as well as an extensive range of scholarships, awards and prizes to students as they continue through their studies.

Ad Astra Academic Scholars

The Ad Astra Academy is an initiative designed to recognise and nurture exceptional students in academia, sports and the performing arts. The UCD Ad Astra Academic programme is looking for students who have a proven record of academic excellence and a desire to continue to achieve at the highest level. Scholars benefit from a scholarship, mentoring, a range of tailored supports.

Prospective Students – School Leavers

Ad Astra Academic Scholarships from September 2015 onwards will be awarded on the basis of the academic criteria of 6 higher H1s in the first sitting of the Leaving Cert, as well as an online application. The application will consist of a personal statement and a statement of achievement ‘beyond the classroom’.  Applications will open on 1st February and close on 1st July. Following the release of the CAO offers, shortlisted students will be invited for interview and successful candidates will be notified before the start of the academic year. If a student meets the academic criteria but has not submitted an application they will not be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarships may not be deferred. Prospective students who are deferring their university place must reapply for the scholarship the following year.

Further details on Ad Astra academic scholarships can be found at

Entrance Scholars

UCD recognises the calibre of its incoming high-achieving students with the award of UCD Entrance Scholar. Entrance Scholar awards are presented to first year students who achieve 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate (or equivalent second level examination) in recognition of their academic accomplishment to date. No application is required and recipients are automatically informed.

Benefits - Recipients are presented with a recognition certificate at a ceremony in November each year and their achievements are recorded on their academic transcript.

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