Schools Liberia

University of Liberia

The mission of the University of Liberia is to become a stand-alone institution of higher learning where academic excellence flourishes in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, where research and teaching are valued and encouraged, and where a strong emphasis is placed on the freedom of creative thinking “out of the box” in a learning environment where exceptional students and researchers from Liberia and around the world are constantly encouraged to perform at the highest levels.

About the University of Liberia

Liberia College, the precursor to today’s University of Liberia, was established in 1862. It is a public organization that is primarily supported by the Liberian government. Capitol Hill, Fendall, Medical School Fendall, and the Starz-Sinji campus in Sinji, Grand Cape Mount County, are the four current campuses of the university.

The New York Colonization Society and the Trustees of Donation for Education in Liberia (TDEL), both American-based institutions, funded Liberia College throughout its early years of development. On January 25, 1858, the contributions placed the first building’s cornerstone and provided the funding.

This initiative was motivated by the idea that the “Republic of Liberia ought to have within itself the means of educating its citizens for all the duties of public and private.” In light of this, Professor Simon Greenleaf, a Harvard College law professor who 1847 authored Liberia’s Constitution for Independence, spearheaded the drive to found Liberia College.

The first President of Liberia College and the Republic of Liberia, Honorable Joseph Jerkins Roberts, was installed in office in 1862. President Roberts established Liberia College in February 1863, working with two academics, Professor Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden and Rev. Alexander Cromwell. However, for the majority of the following 90 years, the college struggled to get past many challenges to preserve its integrity and existence.

Liberia College’s future was in doubt as long as the Liberian State’s sovereignty was still under threat. At least three times during this time, the college was compelled to shut its doors. Although there were few graduates, the college and the Liberian State were able to survive. Both the leadership of the college and its graduates made significant contributions to Liberian society.

Philanthropists, starting with the Trustees of Donation for Education in Liberia, gave the college a welcome but constrained resource up until the Tubman era (1943–1971), when the Liberia State had access to financial resources as a result of the successful cultivation of rubber and the discovery of iron ore deposits in Liberia. In the 1950s, favorable prices for these commodities increased Liberia’s public sector revenues by more than eight times in ten years.

A previously barter economy was monetized as a result of the favorable trading terms, which had a remarkable positive impact on society and the growth of the public sector. Because of this expansion, managerial and technical workers are in greater demand in the public sector. Additionally, the need for technical expertise in the newly created sectors led the Liberian government to recognize the importance of higher education through a national university.

Faculty and Departments At the University of Liberia

Liberia College–Social Sciences & Humanities (BA)

  • Department of Political Science – BA
  • Department of Sociology/Anthropology – BA
  • Department of Philosophy/Religion – BA
  • Department of History – BA
  • Department of English and Literature – BA
  • Department of French – BA
  • Department of Liberian Languages – BA
  • Department of Mass Communication – BA
  • Department of Geography – BA
  • Department of Arts and Crafts – BA
  • Department of Physical Education – BA
  • Department of Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) – BA

William V. S. Tubman Teachers’ College (BSc)

  • Department of Primary Education – Certificate, BSc
  • Department of Secondary Education – BSc

William R. Tolbert, Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry (BSc)

  • Department of General Agriculture – BSc
  • Department of Agronomy – BSc
  • Department of General Forestry – BSc
  • Department of Home Science and Community Dev. – BSc
  • Department of Wood Science and Technology – BSc
  • Department of Agriculture Extension Education– Non-Degree

College of Business and Public Administration (BBA/BPA)

  • Department of Business Adm. in Accounting – BBA
  • Department of Economics – BSc
  • Department of Business Adm. in Management – BBA
  • Department of Public Administration – BPA

Thomas J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology

Offers Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree

  • Department of General Biology – BSc
  • Department of Chemistry – BSc
  • Department of Geology – BSc
  • Department of Physics – BSc
  • Department of Electrical Engineering – BSc
  • Department of Civil Engineering -BSc
  • Department of Mathematics – BSc
  • Department of Mining Engineering – BSc
  • Department of Zoology – BSc

David A. Straz-Sinje Technical and Vocational College

Offers Associate of Arts and Science Degrees (AA / A.Sc.), Diploma, and Certificate

Program Plan – Areas of Instruction/Course Level

  • Fine Arts
  • General Agriculture/Rural Development
  • Land Surveying Technology
  • Center of Philosophy and Religion
  • General Studies
  • Teacher’s Certificate “B”
  • Survey Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Business Incubation Activities
  • Teacher’s Certificate “C”
  • Resource Center for Transformation of Rural Agriculture
  • Nursery Operations
  • Tourism Operation
  • Tree Crops & Vegetable Nursery Development & Management
  • Poultry
  • Pork Husbandry
  • Pork Value Addition/Processing
  • Rabbit Production
  • Bee Keeping
  • First Aide Assistant – School Nursery Assistant
  • General Engineering (A.Sc.)

Frequently Asked Questions about the University of Liberia

How many Students Does the University of Liberia admit per year?

Answer: This is at the discretion of the school however, the university enrolls approximately 18,000 students.

Is the University of Liberia a Federal or State School? 

Answer: It is a public university.

What is the cut-off point for the University of Liberia?

Answer: Check the school website to find out.

What is the University of Liberia’s Official Website?


Is the University of Liberia a good school?

Answer: Yes! The University ranked 1st in Liberia and 5538th in the World 2023 overall rankings.

Are there hostels at the University of Liberia?

Answer: Yes. 

When is the Admission Form coming out for the University of Liberia?

Answer: Applications for study at the University admissions | in 2023/2024 are fully online and are now open. 

Who founded the University of Liberia?

Answer: The university was certified by the national government.

What are the requirements for the University of Liberia?

Answer: Refer to the school website to find out about the entry requirements but below are other helpful details:

Undergraduate Regular Admission Requirements

  • Transcript showing grades 10 through 12 and a letter of recommendation from your previous school Attended
  • A health certification from a reputable hospital, NOT a clinic
  • High School Diploma 4 WAEC, WASSCE, or Equivalent Certificate
  • Birth certificate/Nationality Declaration; National Identification Card; Passport
  • Foreign students must pay a nonrefundable entry fee of US$75.00 and LR$ 2,000.00, respectively. Only payable using MTN Mobile Money, with the payment transaction ID provided.
  • A recommendation letter from your former school Attended

Undergraduate Transfer Requirements

  • A birth certificate or declaration of nationality, a passport, or a national identification card.
  • There is a nonrefundable entry fee of US$75.00 for international students and LR$ 4,000.00 for Liberian students. Only payable using MTN Mobile Money, with the payment transaction ID provided.
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation letter from the most recent institution attended.
  • A valid hospital-issued health certificate; NOT one from a clinic.

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