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Elite Athlete Academic Entry Scheme

Developing maximum sporting performance alongside academic excellence

DIT has an enviable and proud track record of success in Elite Sport and its Elite Sport initiatives are designed to strengthen that reputation and support our aspiring and current elite athletes to achieve recognition in their chosen sports at Olympic Games and Paralympics, World Championships, World University Games, European Championships and as intercounty players in all codes of Gaelic Games.

In recognition of the competition and training commitments of talented young sportspersons, the Institute has put in place for all its undergraduate programmes an academic entry route. 

A limited number of places will be reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who have identifiable potential for further improvement and successful applicants will be offered up to a maximum of 10% or 45 additional CAO points for admission to all undergraduate programmes.

A package of support services is offered to students on entry to DIT that includes access to strength and conditioning, academic mentoring (flexible learning options), physiotherapy, nutrition, performance skills workshops and high performance training facilities. Students may also be eligible for financial assistance.

In order to be considered eligible to apply applicants must fulfil the following criteria;

Application criteria

  • Applicants must be new entrants to DIT
  • Satisfy all normal academic programme entry requirements and apply for such a programme through the normal CAO processes 
  • Applies to full-time undergraduate programmes only
  • Be competing in a sport that is recognised by Sport Ireland

How to apply

Simply complete an online application form before 1st May 2018 at 


Daniel Foley – Irish Elite Archer

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“Receiving the additional CAO points was a great achievement and being part of the sporting side of DIT is such a privilege. DIT provides world class gym facilities and flexible study options that enable me to train and compete at the highest levels.  With these benefits I believe that I have a great opportunity to grow as an elite athlete by refining my shooting form and implementing this in practice and competition.  This will hopefully give me a platform to represent my College at the 2019 World University Games in Naples and Ireland at a European and World Level” ‌‌Daniel Foley

Further Information

Further information about the scheme can be made available by contacting the details provided.

Niamh O’Callaghan Programme Manager

Telephone: (01) 402 7633