How to Apply
APPLICATIONS, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS
Applications for admission to the associate degree levels at Cuttington University should be directed to:
The Office of Admissions
Suakoko, Bong County
P.O. Box 10-0277
1000 Monrovia 10, Liberia
Telephone: 231 (0) 880510970
Students seeking admission to the University for associate degrees must present evidence of having graduated from a high school recognized by the Ministry of Education with a “C” (2.00) or better average, and three (3) school years of high school work.
The West African Examination Council Certificate, which is required from candidates residing in the countries in which those tests are given, is a requirement for admission.
Only Division I and II of the GCE/WAEC Certificate are acceptable. Candidates in Division I of WAEC are exempted from placement exams. In addition to the GCE certificate, applicants must also pass at least five (5) subjects at the ordinary level including English and Mathematics. Two passes in advance level subjects are also recommended. WAEC (Liberia) candidates who score level II & III are eligible to sit for the University’s entrance exam.
English ---------- 3 school years
Math ---------- 3 school years
Social Science ---------- 3 school years
Electives ---------- 3 school years
Every student who files an application is considered for admission. The application process is as follows:
- Submit evidence of high school completion (Diploma).
- Submit scores from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
- Submit evidence of at least 2.00 or 70% average on a high school transcript.
- Submit evidence of completion of required units (transcript).
- Submit non-refundable application fee.
- Successfully pass the University entrance examination (if applicable).
A foreign student is an individual whose country of origin is not Liberia. S/He should meet all of the requirements as any other student who seeks admission to Cuttington. In addition s/he should submit:
- Evidence of financial support (letter from sponsors);
- Evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language.
- Authorized school records with notarized translation (if necessary);
- Scores derived from a National Test such as the General Certificate of Education Test.
Cuttington University accepts only those students from tertiary institutions recognized and accredited by the National Commission for Higher Education. For students wishing to transfer from a school located outside of Liberia, schools must provide credible evidence of accreditation by a recognized body in their home country. The University will only accept transfer students whose previous college records are satisfactory. Only courses with a grade of “B” and above are transferable.
All students who have attended any institution of higher learning must present evidence of such attendance and honorable withdrawal. An official transcript of high school and college records, with an interpretation of the grading system, is also required. Failure to disclose such information will be sufficient grounds for denial of admission.
Applications submitted for transfer are reviewed by the department into which the student is seeking entrance. Applicants must satisfy Cuttington University requirements for entrance and for graduation. In addition to the general requirements, transfer students must submit transcripts for evaluation.
Students who apply from these institutions are ensured maximum transferability of credits of up to 60 credits only. Students transferring from the Cuttington University Junior College have additional options for credit transfer. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours at Cuttington University to meet graduation requirements.
Applications submitted for credit transfer are reviewed by the College into which the applicant is applying. Applicants must satisfy the University’s requirements for entrance and for graduation. They must earn at least 45 hours of academic credit at CU and a minimum of fifteen credit hours in their major areas at CU to qualify for graduation. Cumulative average affected by credit transfer will be recomputed and indicated on the transcript by the end of the semester during which the Office of Admissions and Records receives the transcript.
Exemption with or without credit may be granted to students from other institutions. This provision is to provide exemption for the student for courses which may be duplicated at Cuttington. Cuttington accepts credit hours from junior colleges or other institutions providing parallel instruction which are recognized and accredited by the National Commission on Higher Education. Petitions for exemptions from classes must be received by the ASC within two weeks after registration. The student will be given a proficiency examination; and with a grade of B, the requirement in question will be waived. For exemption with credit, a student must score at least a “B” or above.
Any applicant wishing to attend non-degree seminars, workshops or certificate programs at Cuttington University will be considered a non-matriculated student. These students must make formal application for admission to the Office for Professional Studies and meet the following requirements:
- Meet all the prerequisites for the program of enrollment
- Not be a degree seeking candidate;
Students who sit and fail to meet the requirements for the undergraduate or associate degree programs will not be accepted into the university as regular students until such time as they re-sit and pass the entrance exam. However, in order to upgrade their academic skills and prepare them for college work, the university will provide a one-year remedial program into which they are eligible to enlist. The student must make a “C” grade in the remedial course(s) in order to be accepted in the regular program. A student who fails this program will be allowed to enlist as many times as is necessary to pass the entrance exam.
Students who were separated from the University for a semester or more must apply for re-admission to the Office of Admissions and Records. Students must meet the requirements for re-admission as prescribed by the academic policy.
As long as students are in continuous residence from the date of entry, they will be held accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of entry; however, once they have separated from school and there is a change in requirement before they return to school, they will be accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of return. Deviations from this policy will be permitted only upon appeal of the individual student to the ASC within one semester after the date of return. The ASC will decide each case upon its individual merits. The decision on re-admission by the Academic Standing Committee will be final.
All fees are payable at the time of registration. No candidate will be recommended for a degree until all required fees have been paid. The university cannot be held responsible for adding to an official graduation list the name of any candidate who pays fees after the list has been submitted to the Board of Trustees. Following the payment of all required fees, and upon approval of the Faculty Senate, the candidate will be recommended for the degree as of the date of the next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees at which time the awarding of degrees is a part of the agenda.
Prior to registration in each semester, the university publishes a “Schedule of classes” for the ensuring year. The schedule lists the selection of courses to be offered, including details about meeting times, locations, days and credit hours. Some courses are normally offered in alternate semesters or years. Thus, students are required to confer with their advisors early in the year, and regularly thereafter, to plan their educational program so as to take advantage of alternating semester and year offerings, as well as class scheduling projections. Students enrolled presently are required to file a completed trial schedule and course request form (control sheet) during the pre-registration period. The Academic Year Calendar lists opening and closing dates. It is each student’s responsibility to have timely, regular, and participatory attendance in classes (see Attendance Policy).
Students are encouraged to register in person. The periods for registration are stated in the calendar. Students should have their advisors assist them in the selection of courses.
At the time of registration, students should keep in mind the following:
- Students are responsible for choosing their program of courses in the proper sequence.
- Students are advised to keep a record of all courses completed to avoid errors and duplication.
- In order to complete registration, students must have their registration forms approved by the Finance Office and the Office of Admissions and Records.
- Students who fail to register on the appointed dates will be charged a late registration fee.
- Students whose documents are discovered falsified will risk expulsion.
Registration for any course for credit has to be completed within a week after the classes have started each semester. Anyone who seeks to register after that date must apply to the ASC; the ASC would examine the circumstances, which necessitated the late registration and may decide to permit registration with a fee to be determined by the Finance Office.
Matriculation is the formal occasion of entering Cuttington University. The matriculation ceremony is usually held within the first semester of each academic year. A student will matriculate if you are registered for a degree level course.
Matriculation is not for all students. You do not matriculate if you are a visiting student or studying for a Diploma and Certificate open to ‘non-members’ of the University. Although not formally members of the University, non-matriculated students are expected to observe the rules and regulations of their programs.
Cuttington University Junior College recognizes the importance of sound, consistent advice to students; to achieve their educational goals. Thus, the Junior College strives to provide an academic guidance system within which each student is assured academic guidance throughout his/her academic sojourn. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE FACULTY ADVISORS IN THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT. Ultimately, the student is responsible for his/her choices at the university.
Students are expected to maintain continuous attendance in the university with no break in semesters. Students are given a course guide by their department advisor or dean when they are admitted. The course guide presents a plan for continuous attendance. A student who takes a break from the University for One Semester or more may find changes to the curriculum in the course guide. Some courses may have been replaced or dropped from the curriculum. In such cases, the student has to follow the new course guide as his/her entry date has changed from the original date of entry to the date of re-admittance.