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Carlow College is situated in its own grounds on an eighteenth-century parkland and is known locally as St. Patrick’s College. As such, Carlow College is ideally located in the heart of Carlow town. With Tullow Street only one hundred meters away our students have access to banks, shops, food outlets and a wide variety of social venues on the doorstep. 

Carlow College is proud of its long history and it maintains its strong tradition as a student friendly campus where students and lecturers work together to create the optimum atmosphere for student and personal development.

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.

The College has partnerships with Carlow University, Pittsburgh, St. Ambrose niversity, Davenport, Iowa, the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and with Trinity College Dublin.

Carlow College is a venerable institution with a progressive outlook. Most importantly, Carlow College is a vibrant place where students thrive.

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Why us?

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is located at the heart of Carlow’s Cultural Quarter with the VISUAL Arts Centre and the Carlow Art Collection located on campus, the Carlow Arts Festival held on our grounds each year and the County Library, Museum, Tourist Office, Cathedral & Courthouse all located nearby.

Carlow is a bustling, fun and lively student town with a population of over 23,000 and a student population of over 7000. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is located at the heart of the town, with a host of activities for students to engage in, such as the exciting nightlife, shops, restaurants, cultural festivals and health & leisure outlets, as well as excellent transport services. If the great outdoors is more your thing, get involved with all Carlow has to offer. Students can visit the Brownshill Dolmen, Carlow Castle, Ducketts Grove & Oak Park which are all within close distance of our college. You’ll never be stuck for options in Carlow.

Carlow College offers on-campus accommodation to learners completing the Irish Experience programme. Accommodation is available at Lennon House, situated within a short distance from the main College building and within easy walking distance of Carlow town centre. In addition to housing during the academic term, Lennon House is also available for short-term summer groups.

We provide an inclusive service dedicated to helping you make the most of your college experience. We provide a wide range of easy-to-access information, advice and opportunities to support your Carlow College journey, helping you to develop skills, your future career prospects and maximise your personal and professional development. Our Careers Service is open to all our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and to all graduates who are within two years of graduating from Carlow College.

Mature students applying to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s can now apply for the Higher Education Scholarship for Adult Learners through Uversity. Uversity’s Scholarships will provide financial support to individuals 23 years or older who wish to purse a Bachelor’s degree provided by Carlow College, St. Patrick’s. Aside from the direct costs of tuition, fees, books and IT there are day to day living costs such as childcare and transport to be taken care of to enable full-time education. 


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