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The academic year is divided into two (2) semesters of sixteen (16) weeks each, and a vacation school of 8 weeks, inclusive of two weeks of final examination periods. Registration will be done prior to the beginning of the new semester. The first semester is from September to December, the second semester from January to April (where students offer a minimum of 16 credits and maximum of 23 credits) and vacation school from June to July (where students offer a minimum of 2 credits and maximum of 10 credits).




A credit unit is equivalent to an hour. Each unit of credit is at least sixteen (16) semester-hours of instruction in the form of lecture, discussion, seminar, tutorial, or recitation or in any combination of these forms.  A credit unit of Laboratory work, field work, or clinical activity is equivalent to three (3) hours.  




Admission into the university is highly competitive.  At the undergraduate level, both male and female students are admitted through the following models:

  1. Regular

  2. Transfer

  3. Post-basic

Regular: applicants compete through the Adventist University of West Africa Admission Test (AUWA AT).

Transfer: Transfer credits are acceptable at grades A and B in courses equivalent in breadth and scope in the course synopsis from recognized higher institution of learning and align with the courses offered in areas of specialization at AUWA. Confidential transcripts are required directly from the records office of the institution. No student shall be denied admission to the University for Reasons of sex, nationality, religious belief, physical condition, or political affiliation.

Students desiring admission at AUWA shall: be from the ages of 16 and above. However, the Nursing Program shall admit students from 18 to 55 years.  Students MUST Pass the screening test administered by the university; pass and present the WAEC/ WASSCE or its equivalent, total WAEC aggregate score of each student at the time of his/he admission should be division three and above; students with WASSCE should have five (5) subject which include English and Mathematics compulsory and any other three, present his/her high school diploma and transcript; present two letters of recommendation;  student submit a medical or health certificate from a recognized hospital or clinic; sit an interview after passing the entrance examinations. Every applicant for admission shall undergo a thorough health examination. No person shall be admitted to this university who is found by the University Health Service to be suffering from a dangerous, communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or who is physically unfit to take courses in any college of the university. Every student shall, upon admission, sign a pledge. Refusal to take this pledge or violation of its terms shall be sufficient cause for summary dismissal or denial of admission.


Advancement to candidacy, academic probation, and honors

  • The University uses a 4-point grade system. A student who falls below 2.50 in Nursing and Biology program and 2.00 in the other programs is given a warning letter. If the cumulative Grade Point average (cGPA) remains below 2.50 and 2.00 in subsequent semester, the student is placed on probation for one session and will be sent for academic counseling during the probation periods. If the trend is repeated, the student is asked to withdraw from the program.

  • Students on probation are not allowed to carry full credit load. Such students carry between 12 to 14credits.

  • All students must pass all courses in a level before moving to the other level

  • Assessment procedures and processes: Among others a course assessment must include at the minimum: Class attendance/participation: 5%  Assignments: 20%  Quizzes: 15%  Mid-semester Test: 20%  Final examination: 40%  Total: 100%

  • For Nursing and the Sciences where applicable: Class attendance/participation: 5% Assignments 10% quizzes: 10% Clinical proficiency/Laboratory practical/fieldwork: 15%  Mid-semester Test 20% Final Semester Examination :40% Total: 100%



 Courses are ranked in progressive order of the four levels of academic ladder as follows:

Year           Level                                                                     Course Rank

1               100                                                                      100-199

2               200                                                                      200-299

3               300                                                                      300-399

4               400                                                                      400-499





The following shall govern the grading system at AUWA:


Score           Grade                                                                  Points

90-100         A                                                                          4 (S)

80-89           B                                                                          3 (AV)

70-79           C                                                                          2 (V)

60-69           D                                                                          1 (BV)

Below 60      F                                                                           0 (F)

                             S: Superior; AV: Above average; V: Average; BV: Below average; F: Failure.




cGPA Classification                  Honors


     3.75 – 4.00                               Suma Cum Laude (President List)

     3.50 – 3.749                             Magma Cum Laude (VP List)


     3.35-3.499                                Cum Laude (Dean’s List)

     2.50                                          Minimum for progression and graduation for Biology and Nursing programs


     2.00                                          Minimum for graduation for all programs except Biology and Nursing


     1.50 – 1.99                               Certificate of attendance Subject to Senate approval on medical condition, accident or advanced age





Plagiarism in AUWA means any form of copying of ideas and concepts and presenting them as one’s own without crediting the author. For example, direct cut and paste, paraphrasing without citing the source; students submitting the same content of an assignment, etc.  Integrity and academic honesty are core values of the University. Student assignments, project and research work are subjected to plagiarism check using plagiarism checker. Students’ academic work that scores 30% and above on the plagiarism checker will be rejected. Students guilty of academic dishonesty and misconduct during test or examination are referred to the University Disciplinary and Examination misconduct committee for proper investigation and disciplinary actions.





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