Are Davis College and Akilah the same school?

Davis College and Akilah are a part of the same institution, and a part of the same global network of universities. Davis College students and Akilah students have access to the same innovative academic model, the same leadership, and the same career opportunities. However, Davis College and Akilah are two different campuses and offer two different student experiences.

Will Davis College and Akilah students study together?

No. Davis College students and Akilah students study under the same academic model, but study on two different campuses. Davis College is our co-ed campus for both male and female students. Akilah is our campus for female leaders, offering an atmosphere where women can comfortably assert themselves and assume leadership positions. 

As a female student, can I apply to both campuses?

Yes. Female students are eligible to study at either Davis College or Akilah. Female students must submit separate applications to study at either Davis College or Akilah. Male students can only apply to and attend Davis College.

Is there an age requirement to apply?

No. Prospective applicants only need a secondary school diploma.

What is competency-based education (CBE)?

CBE, or competency-based education, is an outcomes-based, student-centered approach to learning that leads to earning a degree, diploma, or other credential by proving mastery of specific competencies, rather than completing credit hours. CBE is particularly effective for preparing graduates for the workforce because it focuses on what students know and can do.

How has Akilah developed its CBE curriculum?

Our curriculum effectively prepares students for the workforce because we collaborate with regional employers and industry experts to identify exactly what students need to know. Our courses are continuously updated to reflect the latest industry and workforce trends. As soon as students demonstrate they have mastered a particular concept or skill, they can advance to the next level. This way, students receive a tailored approach to learning and career preparation.

How is CBE different from vocational or technical training?

CBE is an educational approach commonly used in vocational or technical training. However, many colleges and universities, including Davis College and Akilah, also use CBE to prepare their students for professional careers. Unlike most vocational or technical institutions, Davis College and Akilah provide extensive supplementary training in “soft skills,” such as leadership development, career preparation, and English writing and speaking. Students are expected to master more than industry skills so they can progress rapidly in the workplace and assume management roles.

If I’ve never studied in a CBE environment, can I still apply to study at Davis College or Akilah?

You do not need to have any experience with CBE in order to study and succeed at Davis College or Akilah. The institute will ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of CBE with an initial two-month Bridge Program. The Bridge Program will focus on CBE as well as digital literacy, math, and English.

What are the requirements for admission?

  • Submit an online application form

  • Submit National Exam results with two principal passes

  • Passing score on an English writing and speaking assessment

  • National ID (or passport for international applicants)

Can I transfer to Davis College or Akilah from another university with my credits?

Davis College and Akilah do not currently accept transfer students from other universities; however, students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree may apply to study at Davis College or Akilah. Acceptance to Davis College or Akilah cannot be deferred to the following year.

Does Davis College or Akilah offer loans to help me pay for tuition?

CHANCEN International has partnered with Davis to offer students a socially responsible loan called an Income Share Agreement (ISA). Students in the CHANCEN program pay a percentage of their tuition fees to Davis. CHANCEN International pays the remaining portion of their tuition. Once the student has graduated and starts earning a minimum monthly income, he or she will start repayment. The payment amount is a percentage of each graduate’s salary for a specified period of time. Graduates who earn more will pay back more, and those who earn less will pay back less. The program allows graduates to repay their loans while covering their living costs. To learn more, visit CHANCEN's website.

Does Akilah offer evening and/or weekend classes?

Akilah offers an Evening & Weekend Program that runs Monday to Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed to accommodate working professionals and women with other commitments during the day. Evening & Weekend students receive all the same benefits as day students, including access to our career office, our extensive network of employer partners, extracurricular activities, and more. Tuition for the Evening & Weekend Program is the same as for our day program, and Evening & Weekend students are also eligible for students loans and scholarships.