Dublin college has highest rate of dropouts in Ireland, according to new report

It was a mixed news for the capital, where one college also had the lowest dropout rates in the country.


A new report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has revealed that Dublin colleges claim the highest and lowest rates of college dropouts in Ireland.

The report, titled ‘A study of progression in Irish Higher Education (2013/14 to 2014/15)’ showed that IT Blanchardstown had a non-progression rate of 29% over the two-year period of the study, the highest rate in the country.

Meanwhile, St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra boasted the joint-lowest dropout rate in Ireland - along with the Limerick-based Mary Immaculate College - with a non-progression rate of just 4%.


The Mater Dei Institute of Education, Maynooth University, and Trinity College Dublin also performed well in terms of students completing their education, boasting non-progression rates of just 9%.

Dublin City University and University College Dublin had the highest-dropout rates for Level 8 degree courses in Ireland, with non-progression rates of 13% and 10% respectively.

The report also revealed the highest rates of dropouts by course, with construction and related services showing the highest levels of non-progression with a rate of 20% between 2013/14 and 2014/15.

This was followed by a 16% dropout rate for computer science and a 13% dropout rate for engineering (excluding civil engineering), social science, business and law, and arts and humanities.

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