Cuttington University is historically committed to providing quality education to all who enter for study. The university firmly believes that learning is continuous, and therefore subscribes to the notion of lifelong learning. Each applicant is reviewed carefully based on entrance requirements as defined by the university. In choosing its students, Cuttington does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, or personal disabilities. All students admitted are screened on placement examinations in English and Mathematics as determined by the Office of Admissions and Records.
Cuttington is academically “quality-driven”, and has historically provided for young people in Liberia and from other parts of Africa and the world, to have access to higher education. It reserves the right to grant or deny admission based on the guidelines set below.
The undergraduate curriculum is liberal arts based; and that is, it assumes that students should have a general education drawn from broad academic areas, as well as specialized training in one major department, and that students should have the liberty within certain established guidelines and consultation with their faculty advisors, to select their own course of study.
Academic work is measured in terms of semester or credits hours. For a student to graduate, he/she must complete and pass a minimum number of semester hours with a grade point of 2.00 or better. The total number of semester hours is subdivided among the general education requirements, the major, the minor and electives or professional requirements for certification in specific areas of interest to the student. Specific requirements are listed with the college requirements.
All students are held responsible for the degree requirements in effect at the time of entrance; however if a student drops for a semester or more and returns he/she will be accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the point of return. Only upon appeal of the individual student to the Academic Standing Committee could there be any deviations from this policy. Such an appeal must be submitted within one semester after the date of return and the Committee will decide each case upon its own merits.
Required courses in the General Education Requirements are geared toward establishing a broad based liberal education. These courses are designed to develop qualitative thinking and communicative skills. They seek to introduce students to creative products of the human mind, to human society both past and present, and to the natural world in which mankind finds itself.
DEGREES AND PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
The below listed sections are intended to provide necessary information on the various colleges, departments, majors, minors, and degrees offered at the University’s undergraduate program based on the Suakoko campus.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR DEGREE
Candidates for a degree must complete the required hours for the respective majors or minors. This information is available from this current catalog or the respective colleges (whichever is latest). Any substitution of a core course is to be approved by the Dean of the College in consultation with the Curriculum Committee. Candidates shall complete the required general education requirements (Liberal Arts core courses) of their curriculum or the equivalent as approved by the Dean of the College in which the student is majoring in consultation with the Curriculum Committee. Unless the design of a particular curriculum prevents it, generally the courses in the Liberal Arts core (general Education requirements) for the degree should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
REGULATIONS ON CHOICE OF MINORS
A ‘Minor’ here does not refer to an under-aged person. Neither does it refer to a degree. It refers to a cluster of courses taken within a concentrated field of study for the benefit of giving depth to your academic explorations. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in addition to their major. However, no Minor (as distinct from an elective) may be selected outside of the college in which your Major is domiciled. Students should contact the appropriate department and college to see which minors are available and acceptable, and the list of courses that are required for the Minor. Students will declare their minor with the Office of Admissions and Records and with the colleges offering the major and the minor. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the additional responsibility that comes with selecting a minor. Students may also pursue a certificate program in addition to their major and minor through the Office of Admissions.
DOUBLE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
A student may major in any two areas simultaneously (double major). The requirements are:
• Two majors cannot come from the same college or within a single department.
• The student must have completed at least 60 credit hours and no more than 90 credit hours (junior standing).
• The student must have completed a majority of the pre-requisites for both majors.
• The student must be able to satisfy the requirements for both majors, including major courses unique to each major.
• The student must meet with the deans of both or colleges to discuss your academic plan and obtain permission.
• The student must have a B (3.00) cumulative average at the end of the sophomore year to be eligible to major in two areas.
• Courses accepted as a major requirement for one major cannot be substituted for another major. However, courses taken in fulfillment of general college requirements may overlap to any degree.
DOUBLE MAJOR PROCESS
• Obtain a Double Major Petition form from the Office of Admissions and Records.
• A double major worksheet explaining how the student plans to complete the double major.
• A brief statement of purpose (your reason for completing two majors).
• Submit the petition to the department chairs of each major and obtain their signatures.
• Submit the petition to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
• Upon receipt of a letter granting your petition, visit the Office of Admissions to confirm that both majors appear in your record. Allow two weeks for this process.
The permission to do double majors must come from the College Dean and Department Head at the beginning of the student’s fifth semester. The Department(s) may review the performance of the student from time to time and advise the student whether or not he/she must drop one of the majors and concentrate on the other. All requirements for the two majors must be satisfied for graduation. Courses required for one major may not be substituted for another major.
The undergraduate studies program provide accommodation for students in its dormitories. The maximum residence requirement for the baccalaureate degree is seven years (7), which is fourteen (14) semesters. If a student does not complete the requirements for a degree within the maximum limit, he/she may petition the ASC for extension. Note: In light of Double Major, the residence requirement is eight (8) years, which is sixteen (16) semesters.
ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES
These procedures cover undergraduate and associate degree levels only.
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
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Students seeking admission to the University for undergraduate and 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 advanced level subjects are also recommended. WAEC (Liberia) candidates who score levels 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.
Students who apply for transfer from these institutions must have minimum transferable credits of 25 and maximum transferable credits of 60. Students transferring from the Cuttington University Junior College have additional options for credit transfer.
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. 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 AND TRANSFER OF CREDITS
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.
STUDENTS ATTENDING NON-DEGREE SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS OR DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
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.
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 for 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 recognizes the importance of sound, consistent advice to students; to achieve their educational goals. Thus, the University 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.
• TUITION per Credit Hour - $35 USD
• Registration Fee - $232.50 USD
• Placement Exam Fee - $35 USD
• Boarding Student Dormitory Fee per semester - $75 USD
• Boarding Student Meal Fee per semester - $350 USD
• Science Labs (Chemistry, Physics, Computer and Biology) - $37.50 USD
• Nursing Lab / Clinical - $45 USD
• Service Learning, Agriculture - $30 USD
TUITION PAYMENT PLAN
• All regular students are required to pay 75% of tuition plus all non-tuition fees during registration
• All students on donor scholarships are required to pay 25% of tuition plus all non tuition-registration fees at registration
• Late registration fee of $50 USD will be paid by student registering after the official date of registration
Payment of Tuition and Fees can be made in Liberia at:
Account # 001-101-4700269-602