Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, is Ireland’s second oldest university-level institution. Founded in 1782, we have a distinguished history as a college of teaching and research in the Humanities.
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is committed to supporting research in alignment with local, regional, national and EU research interests, priorities and contexts. Our vibrant researchers are widely published and internationally respected in their fields. We aim to expand this profile by continuing to develop quality publications, institutional and public research events, and inter-institutional collaborations.
Over the years Carlow has educated generations of politicians, priests, writers and public officials who were leaders in the society of their time. Today’s students find employment in education, community work, the civil service, media and the social care field. A high percentage of our students proceed to postgraduate studies in the fields of Philosophy, English, History, Theology and Social Studies.
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At Carlow College, St Patrick’s, we strive to ensure that your college experience is a positive one in which you can achieve your academic best. The transition to college life is a big one – and part of it is adjusting to the challenges and workload that are part of being a Carlow College student. At Carlow College, St. Patrick’s you are never alone. The Academic Resource Office is part of a wider team which includes lecturers, Academic Advisors and learner support services whose aim is to support and guide you in achieving your college goals.
Carlow College offers on-campus accommodation to international students on the Irish Experience programme. Accommodation is available at Lennon House which is situated within easy walking distance of the main college building and Carlow town centre.
The library is a thriving centre of learning activities, providing a wide range of services and resources to support the learning, teaching and research activities of the Institute. The library provides access to over 22, 000 print books and over 170,000 eBooks which can be accessed from the college or at home.
Carlow College provides a free medical service to all its students for the duration of the academic year. The service is provided on-campus by Nurse Maura Hennessy and off-campus by Dr. Gerald Moran and his team in the Tullow Street surgery.
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is situated in its own grounds on an eighteenth-century parkland and is known locally as St. Patrick’s College. Carlow College is ideally located in the heart of Carlow town. Tullow Street is only one hundred meters away our students have access to banks, shops, food outlets and a wide variety of social venues on the doorstep. Pedestrian access from the town centre is on College Street and is flanked by the Cathedral to the South and by the magnificent VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art to the North.
Many informal activities such as kick boxing, zumba, and hip hop dance are as popular as the more traditional team and individual games and provide opportunities for friendship and social interaction.
All registered Carlow College, St. Patrick’s students are automatically members of the Students’ Union (CCSU). CCSU ensures that the views of students are represented at all levels within the College, and at local and national platforms. We work collaboratively with various College functions to promote student engagement and to ensure you have a positive student experience throughout your studies.
A few of the main events we organise during the year are our Fresher’s Week, RAG Week, Mystery Tours and our College Ball. We also co-ordinate and support a number of clubs and societies.
Carlow University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street.
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