The National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth traces its roots to 1795 when St Patrick’s College was founded as a seminary in the town of Maynooth. In 1896 St Patrick’s College attained the status of a Pontifical University for its courses in Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law, and in 1966 opened its doors to lay students. 

The 1997 Universities Act subsequently established NUI Maynooth as a stand alone institution and a constituent university of the National University of Ireland.  The historic and beautiful campus is now home to world class academics who have established the University’s reputation for research and teaching excellence and has over 9,000 non-denominational students from more than 20 countries. 

Today, NUI Maynooth is a place of lively contrasts, maintaining the historic beauty of fine medieval buildings on campus, while continuing to invest in modern teaching facilities, state-of-the-art research laboratories and high-quality accommodation. The spacious campus, laid out over extensive grounds, retains an intimate, friendly atmosphere, thanks in large part to the 100-plus student clubs and societies and the unique location in the vibrant market town of Maynooth. 

Located close to the Irish and European headquarters of many multinational high-technology companies, the University continues to forge strong links with industry and is well placed to cater for the growing demand both regionally and nationally for high quality third level and fourth level graduates. 

NUI Maynooth Foundation provides philanthropic support for the University; we have an ambitious building programme that is transforming our historic and expanding campus to a world class University campus.  NUI Maynooth Foundation (Ireland) is a Registered Irish Charity, number 13371.  Please find a sample of how you can support us or for a more detailed discussion please contact us on foundation@nuim.ie

Mission of NUI Maynooth 

NUI Maynooth will be recognised as a leading liberal arts and science University with an international reputation for teaching and research, that promotes access and inclusiveness, fosters the intellectual and personal development of its students and staff and supports the economic, social and cultural well-being of the communities it serves.