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UL open day event was the first in over two years. Pictured are Kate Kennedy, Caoimhe Ryan, Isabel Daly and Orla Browne from John The Baptist Hospital Co Limerick. Pic Arthur Ellis. UL open day event was the first in over two years. Pictured are Kate Kennedy, Caoimhe Ryan, Isabel Daly and Orla Browne from John The Baptist Hospital Co Limerick. Pic Arthur Ellis.

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More than 9,000 students attend open day event at University of Limerick

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UL open day event was the first in over two years. Pictured are Kate Kennedy, Caoimhe Ryan, Isabel Daly and Orla Browne from John The Baptist Hospital Co Limerick. Pic Arthur Ellis.

The first on-campus open day event for undergraduate students in over two years attracted more than 9,300 attendees to the University of Limerick

UL open day event
Emma Heavey and Saoirse Finnan, John the Baptist Hospital Limerick with UL Guide Roisin David, Abbeyfeale. Pic Arthur Ellis.

Explore UL, the university’s first-ever Spring open day was the first undergraduate on-campus event in over two years and proved extremely popular with senior cycle students.

It was the highest figures of attendees to date, with over 9,300 students, parents and teachers registered to attend this week.

There were attendees from all over Ireland – covering 27 counties – as well as international students ranging from Slovakia to Spain and more. The majority of those in attendance were in sixth years – with some from fifth and transition years.

UL President Professor Kerstin Mey hailed the inaugural spring open day which took place on Tuesday a “wonderful success”.

“It was absolutely fantastic to see the campus full of life and buzzing with the excitement of senior cycle students who are considering attending UL, their parents, guidance counsellors and teachers,” said Professor Mey.

“With the Change of Mind period just around the corner, this event shows students just why UL is the first choice for so many, we’re very proud of our award-winning campus, excellent student support and outstanding and dedicated lecturing staff,” Professor Mey added.

There were talks held across every undergraduate programme on offer at UL, 55 in total, as well as tours, panels, Q&As and opportunities for mingling.

There were also information stands on degrees, supports, sport and accommodation across campus as well as games for attendees to enjoy in the midst of their time on campus.

UL’s graduate employment rate is consistently higher than the national average, currently standing at 96%. A UL degree will make graduates amongst the most employable in Ireland.  

UL graduates are highly skilled and have claimed titles such as ‘Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Graduate Employee of the Year’. 

UL is also ranked in the Top 200 Global Universities for Graduate Employability.

UL is part of the Limerick Student City campaign – a collaboration between Limerick City and County Council, UL, TUS and MIC – that showcases Limerick as a leading university city.

The thousands of senior cycle students from all over Ireland attending the UL event this week is further evidence that Limerick is a top choice for higher and further education study, offering a complete experience and the only location outside of Dublin that can boast three university-level educational institutes.

The continuing popularity of UL feeds into the ‘No Place Like Limerick’ to be a student campaign, showing that Limerick city is a vibrant, welcoming, fun and fast-paced city where everyone, whether an undergraduate, mature, postgraduate or international student, can gain the most from their college experience and have world-class opportunities for employment afterwards.

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