Founded in 1850 as the Catholic University of Ireland, University College Dublin opened on November 3, 1854. UCD’s first dean was Cardinal John Henry Newman.
University College Dublin is a state university which forms part of the National University of Ireland, the most important in Ireland. Its main campus Belfield, holds over 1.2 m sq meters of surface area. The campus is located in south east Dublin, approximately 5 kilometers from the city centre.
There are over 20,000 students who are currently enrolled in Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes at University College Dublin.