Mature Students

Returning to education takes courage. We welcome over 100 new mature students to ATU Sligo each academic year. Whether you want to gain a new qualification for your career or study something you have always been passionate about, we have the supports in place to help you succeed.


We run a bespoke induction day tailored to our new mature students which takes place before the main university induction. Here you will have an opportunity to meet fellow incoming mature students, get advice from current mature students, attend workshops and get information on supports available.


We understand that the first essay, assignment or report can be a challenge. We have several supports available including our Academic Writing Centre and Maths Support Centre. To view further details on our student supports please visit our Student Supports webpage



Not only do we have the best lecturer-to-student ratio in Ireland, we also pride ourselves on the welcoming and supportive environment our lecturers create. Not just a number, our staff are always on hand to help with any questions you may have.


There are several grants available to mature students including SUSI, The Back to Education Grant and The 1916 Bursary Fund. For more information on these please contact


Clubs and societies are a great way to make new friends, try out something new or pursue your passion. With over 70 clubs and societies to choose from, including the Mature Student Society, we have something for everyone. Find out more at our Clubs and Societies webpage



The main criterion for qualification as a mature student in ATU Sligo is age. You are required to be over 23 on January 1st of the calendar year of application. Each application is desk assessed by our admissions team. They will take account of your previous studies, work experience and personal interests. To make an application go to