The number of CAO courses requiring 500 or more points has jumped by more than a quarter.
Around 50,000 offers have just been made available online in this year's first round, following last week's Leaving Cert results.
Growth in demand for places has been mirrored in areas of the economy that have been on the rise, like business and engineering, as students look to target careers after third-level.
In the University of Limerick 73% of courses saw a jump in the number of points required to study them.
Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President of UL, said a number of sectors performed particularly well.
He said: "Science and engineering courses have performed very strongly this year as have our business courses, they've all performed very strongly.
"Our health and science course have maintained their positoins, they've always been strong performers in areas like physiotherapy, psychology and nursing.
"I am particularly pleased to see a good performance in science, engineering and business."
In Trinity College, the points remain unchanged for medicine from last year at 733 and also for General Nursing which remain at 420 points.
Other courses saw increases such as Dental Science which rose by five points to 590, Occupational Therapy increased by 15 points to 515, while Children’s and General Nursing also rose by 15 points to 505.
There were decreases in Pharmacy which was down by 15 points to 550, Radiation Therapy decreased by 10 points to 525 and Physiotherapy was down by five points to 540 as was Midwifery to 455.
In Engineering, Mathematics and Science there were increases in courses such as Engineering with Management which rose by 45 points 460 to 505, Management Science & Information Systems Studies (MSSIS) increased by 40 points to 555.
Mathematics was up 30 points to 570, Engineering rose by 25 points to 495*; Computer Science rose by 25 points to 490*, Theoretical Physics also increased by 15 points to 565 and Earth Sciences rose by 15 points to 490.
Science saw a decrease of five points to 510 while there was no change in Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials at 595 while Chemistry with Molecular Modelling remained at 505, as did Computer Science and a language at 465.
In the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences points for the majority of Law related courses have increased.
Law was up 10 points to 540, Law with languages such as Law and German rose by 30 points to 545*, while Law and Business increased by 10 points to 580.
Other courses such as Computer Science and Business rose by 35 points to 500, European Studies was up 25 points to 545, Business, Economic and Social Studies rose by 15 points to 510, and Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology increased by 10 points to 550.
Business and Language programmes are showing both increases and decreases.
French was down five points to 545, German was up 10 points to 500, Russian increased by five points to 450, Polish remained unchanged at 405, and Spanish was up 15 points to 540.