Trinity College have experienced a 21 per cent drop in applications from Northern Irish students for the coming academic year. The fall is thought to be as a result of Brexit fears.
There has been an 18 per cent drop in Irish student applications to UK universities this year according to reports by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
The CAO point system is set to change for Leaving Cert students sitting their exams in 2017.
The number of CAO applications to construction related courses is up by 16.2 per cent, suggesting a confidence in the economic recovery among school leavers.