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In emerald Ireland, just outside of Dublin, there lies the country's second-oldest and fastest growing university, Maynooth University. The school's town location and its relatively small size give off a "community atmosphere," and "modern and up-to-date" facilities and a "beautiful campus" make it "a nice environment to study in" with a "great history" to back it up. "The academic standard at Maynooth is impeccable, with lecturers, lecture halls, tutors, and labs of the finest stature," says a science major. There's a wide selection of classes available at Maynooth, and course content "is generally well-explained, with tutorials and support centers available." Professors "are without exception experts in their field" and "continually encouraging us to engage in discussions, to ask questions, and to develop not only a well-informed but independent way of thinking." "Almost all my lecturers are great orators that bring their subjects to life, creating a genuine interest among their students," says a Spanish major. Add to that the fact that they're "very, very, very approachable outside of class" ("There is always someone that you can approach for help and guidance"), and students are happy to receive "the best learning experience possible." Administration is responsive to student concerns, and there's a "friendliness of everyone on campus, from the president right down to the cleaners." The services the school provides are all "brilliant," from the library to the residence services. People also all love the "great" online class system, Moodle, which allows you to upload assignments and download class notes. "You are given every little or big piece of help you require or request to ensure you can achieve your highest grades," says a student. "In my six months here, I have yet to hear a disgruntled word aimed at the campus or the staff."

Student Body

Look around Maynooth, and for the most part you'll just see a whole bunch of "your normal average twenty-year-old Irish girl [or] boy," though there's "a great mix of both city students and those from a rural background," as well as international, traditional, and "mature" students. "Individuality is very much encouraged" here, and in the midst of this "bubbly," "friendly" group is "a good place to make new friends." "Being Irish, we all like to have the ‘craic' with people, meaning have fun," says a student. This group is also very "trustworthy," and "you can leave your laptop in the library for hours, and no one would ever take it."

Campus Life

Maynooth is a "very vibrant town" that "has all facilities needed by thirdlevel students (including clubs, pubs, and pizzerias)." The student body "isn't too big," and the majority "keep on top of college work, participate in a club or society or two, and enjoy a night in the pub with their friends." There's a "vast amount" of clubs and societies, which means "there's always somewhere for you to go, whether it's the Play-Doh society or the Harry Potter appreciation society—we got it all!" The student union also "hosts concerts and social events regularly," and everyone enjoys the "good mood" of their compatriots. "For fun, the nightlife is key," and "every Wednesday and Thursday [are] party nights," when people go to the nightclubs or bars, play card games, drink beers, and "hang out with…mates." The school consists of two connected campuses, which "combine the old with the new." "South campus covered in snow is like a scene from Hogwarts in Harry Potter, [and] then "the north campus is modern." For those who live on campus, "everything is just at your fingertips," including a free gym. The university has completed a major extension to the library and is developing additional academic, research, and residence facilities as part of its Campus Master Plan.


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Most frequent class size
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2 - 9

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  • Disability Studies
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  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
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  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Irish Studies
  • Regional Studies (U
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
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  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership

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  • European History
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  • Military History

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  • International Business, Trade, and Tax Law (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
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  • Music

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  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
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  • Psychology, Other
  • Psychology, Other
  • Research and Experimental Psychology

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  • Social Work
  • Social Work
  • Social Work, Other
  • Youth Services/Administration

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Military Science, Leadership and Operational Art, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Applied Economics
  • Cartography
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Demography and Population Studies
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  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
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  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
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  • Geography, Other
  • International Economics
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Brass Instruments
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Documentary Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Industrial Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Piano and Organ
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera
  • Woodwind Instruments


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Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

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Alumni Network
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Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

John Hume
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Politician, Activist

Geraldine Byrne Nason
Ambassador of Ireland to France

Brian Friel
Playwright and author

Mary O'Rourke
Politician, Senator in the Irish Government

Eimear Quinn
Artist, Eurovision Song Contest Winner (1996)

Ger Brennan
Sportsman (GAA), teacher

Brian Hayes
Politician, Member of the European Parliment

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Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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On-Campus Job Interviews Available

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Application Deadlines
Jun 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

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Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


55% female
45% male
92% are full time
8% are part time


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Disabled Student
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College Entrance Tests Required

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Campus Security Report

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Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Helen Kirrane
International Officer

International Office
Maynooth University
Co Kildare, Ireland

+353 1 708 3868


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
St Joseph's Square and Chapel (medieval buildings from 19th century)
National Science Museum
Russell Library / Main Library - new building
The Phoenix - new Student Restaurant and Sports Center
Pugin Hall - dining hall designed by architect Pugin in 19th Century
The Student Bar and Venue host regular music and comedy gigs, the Iontas buidling hosts performances and seminars, in addition to a new media gallery, showcasing projects and research of students and staff. The National Science Museum holds the first ever battery and induction coil, created at National University of Ireland Maynooth by Nicholas Callan. The Russell Library holds antique texts, while the main library is being extended to double the size of the facility.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Dublin city center (25 minutes away)
Maynooth Castle, Carton House and Demesne, Castletown House, Leixlip Castle
Phoenix Park - largest walled park in Europe, includes Dublin Zoo
Kildare National Stud and Japanese Gardens
Liffey Valley Shopping Center (15 minutes away)
Dublin City Center is home to the Phoenix Park, National Museums, National Library, National Art Gallery, Houses of Government , National Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Gaol, Guinness Storehouse Museum, shopping on Grafton Street and Henry Street, TempleBar, and so much more. Dublin is a City of Science 2012 and a UNESCO City of Literature. The local area around Maynooth is also full of history and historical buildings. The location also provides easy access to some of Ireland's most treasured historical tourist attractions, such as Newgrange Tomb, Trim Castle, etc.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available


Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Dublin Bus, Irish Rail Commuter Train, Maynooth University Commuter Bus, Taxi, Dublin International Airport is the closest airport. Please see for more information.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Maynooth is situated 25km from Dublin city centre. Take junction 7 (signposted Maynooth/Straffan/Naas) off the M4 and follow the signs to Maynooth. Turn left in the centre of the town and the gates to the South Campus are directly ahead of you. To reach the North Campus, take the left in the centre of the town, then turn right, take the next left and the entrance is on your right.

Local Accommodations
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