DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and now occupies a 72 acre site in Glasnevin, just north of Dublin city. To date over 43,000 students have graduated from DCU and are now playing significant roles in enterprise and business globally. Today, in 2012, DCU delivers more than 120 programmes to over 10,000 students across its four faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School. DCU's excellence is recognised internationally and it is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (QS 'Top 50 under 50' 2012). In the last eight years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times 'University of the Year'.
There are over 80 programmes, divided almost equally between undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Postgraduate research supervision is provided on a broad range of subject areas across all disciplines, including technology, engineering, business, communications, humanities, science and health.
There are 11,126 registered students at DCU in 2010/11, a figure which includes full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as students on the Distance Education degree programmes.