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A Guide to the Best Universities in Ireland (for U.S. students)

Some of America’s top schools have long and storied histories. Harvard University, for one, was established in 1636. It may surprise you that some of Ireland’s top schools have operated for an even longer period of time—Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592. While Trinity may be the Emerald Isle’s most famous institute of higher education, it is only one of many worth the consideration of American high school students. The following list will provide key information about Ireland’s top colleges including: Full-time undergraduate enrollment, the percentage of international students, the number of U.S. undergraduate students, tuition, entry requirements, domestic and world rankings, as well as each school’s top academic programs.

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Updated August 2021

InstitutionFT Undergradate Enrollment% InternationalTuitionEntry RequirementsEntry Requirements(Additional Info)Domestic RankingsWorld RankingsStrong Programs
Trinity College Dublin12,2532%€20,003 - €26,985 (Excluding Medicine)A minimum SAT score of 1290 and no Math or Reading/Writing score less than 500 OR a minimum ACT composite score of 29; AND a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better (B+ average) unweighted. Most competitive applicants possess higher test scores/grades.Click here#1 - AWRU#1 - Times Higher Education#151-200 - AWRU#101 - QS#155 - Times Higher Education#244 - U.S. NewsClassics and Ancient HistoryComputer ScienceEngineeringEnglishLaw and PoliticsMedicinePerforming Arts
University College Dublin13,23930%€19,900 - €30,685 (Excluding Medicine)A minimum SAT score of 1090 OR a minimum ACT composite score of 22; AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 unweighted. Most competitive applicants possess higher test scores/grades.Click here#2 - AWRU#3 - Times Higher Education#301-400 - AWRU#177 - QS#251-300 - Times Higher Education#226 - U.S. NewsAgricultureBusinessEnglishEngineeringLaw and PoliticsSports and PerformanceVeterninary Medicine and Animal Science
National University of Ireland, Galway11,65018% €16,300 - €23,750 (Excluding Medicine)A minimum SAT score of 1090-1380 (depending on program) OR a minimum ACT composite score of 21-29 (depending on program); AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.75 unweighted (depending on program). Click here#4 - AWRU#4 - Times Higher Education#601-700 - AWRU#259 - QS#301-350 - Times Higher Education#599 - U.S. NewsBiomedical ScienceCommerceEnglishForeign LanguagesLaw and Politics
University College Cork11,05019%€16,080 - €22,080 (Excluding Medicine)A minimum SAT score of 1140-1470 (depending on program) OR a minimum ACT composite score of 23-32 (depending on program); AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.7 unweighted (depending on program).Click here#3 - AWRU#4 - Times Higher Education#401-500 - AWRU#286 - QS#251-300 - Times Higher Education#437 - U.S. NewsArchaeologyEnglishLawMedicineNursingPharmacy
University of Limerick8,54019%€10,056 - €12,514 (Excluding Medicine)A minimum SAT score of 1090-1350 (depending on program) OR a minimum ACT composite score of 22-28 (depending on program); AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.3 unweighted (depending on program).Click here#5 - AWRU#7 - Times Higher Education#701-800 - AWRU#521-530 - QS#501-600 - Times Higher Education#898 - U.S. NewsBusinessEducationEnglishEngineeringExercise Science
Dublin City University8,55114%€12,600 - €18,000A minimum SAT score of 1200 OR a minimum ACT composite score of 24; AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 unweighted. Most competitive applicants possess higher test scores/grades.Click here#7 - Times Higher Education#439 - QS#501-600 - Times Higher Education#838 - U.S. NewsBusinessEducationCommunicationComputer ScienceForeign Languages
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