A total of 43% of all secondary school students are opting to study at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
That is according to the latest School League Table published in today’s Sunday Independent.
The latest data shows that many Leaving Cert students are choosing a college or university close to home.
Numbers at the Letterkenny facility are growing each year with more than 3,000 students enrolling each year.
More than 90% of students in Dublin stay in the capital to study while UCC and CIT account for 78 per cent of all Cork students who go on to third level.
Almost three-quarters of Galways students attend NUIG or GMIT and two-thirds of Leaving Cert pupils in Limerick go on to UL or LIT.
In the south-east more than half of sixth year students progressed to WIT while 23 per cent of their Kilkenny counterparts also attended the Waterford Institute.
IT Kerry took in almost a quarter of Kerry students.
That figure is the same in Kildare where 24% of students study in Maynooth University.
Athlone IT is the most popular for people from Westmeath, Offaly and Longford.
Louth pupils account for 23 per cent staying within the county to study at Dundalk IT.