What is DARE?

DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who, as a result of having a disability, have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. Source: accesscollege.ie

 DARE Information Leaflet 2023

Allocation of DARE Reduced Points Places

DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who, as a result of having a disability, have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education.

University of Galway has a quota of reduced points places available to eligible DARE applicants; this quota differs from year to year.

If an applicant is deemed DARE eligible, they will be considered for a reduced points place if they:

  •  have a minimum of 300 points &
  •  meet the matriculation requirements for the course.

For most courses, admissions is competitive as there are more eligible DARE eligible applicants than available reduced points places. Since 2016 priority has been given to DARE eligible applicants with physical and sensory (specifically blind/vision-impaired or deaf/hard-of-hearing) disabilities, and those who are both DARE and HEAR eligible. Any places remaining are assigned on points ranking and the reduction allowed is determined by the points required for the course: the higher the point’s requirement for the course, the greater potential reduction, with a maximum reduction of 18%.

For more information on DARE please visit www.accesscollege.ie or check out DARE-related Forms, Guides and Resources

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