International Admission Guidelines
International students (British Oriented systems) interested in applying to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) can submit officially certified copies of General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations or Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. Passes in five ‘O’ level GCE or CXC General Passes (Grades I and II), or a combination of both, including English language, are acceptable for admission.
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to pay for at least the first year of study. No scholarship or financial aid is available at this time for entering students from other countries. The I-20 Immigration Form will not be issued until the applicant has been accepted by the Admissions Office and has submitted a Certification of Finances form indicating how fees will be paid while attending the University of the Virgin Islands. Regulations of the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service governing non-immigrant “F-1” students require that all persons in this category pursue a full-time course of study. This means that undergraduates must register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester and graduate students a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
All supporting documents, including the Certificate of Finance form, letters from financial institutions, letters to verify room, board and living arrangements, etc. must be submitted by the application deadline.
Applicants with “A” level certificates should see the section on “Transfer Admission
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test results. Check out TOEFL information online at www.ets.org
New Freshmen Admission Guidelines
A candidate for admission from the United States Virgin Islands, the United States or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico must have achieved at least a “C” average (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) by the end of the junior year of high school and be maintaining at least a “C” average during the senior year. In general, the basic requirement for admission is four years of high school English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, two years of history, foreign language and physical education. One year of a foreign language is preferred. Applicants who are home schooled are welcome to apply for admission to the University of the Virgin Islands. The Admissions Office requires evidence of successful academic preparation, completion and proficiency. Students should submit completed application packages by the stated deadline, to include: SAT or ACT scores, the application, the $25.00 application fee, and official high school and/or college transcripts and return to the Admissions Office. Arrange through the guidance counselor to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program. All candidates for admission as freshmen must take either of these tests. Freshmen and transfers— should apply for admission by April 30 for fall semester classes and by October 30 for the spring semester. Following a favorable decision on an application, the applicant will be notified to confirm his or her intent to enroll by making a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $100.00 towards the tuition costs for the upcoming semester.
Non-Matriculated Student Enrollment
Persons may enroll in courses at the University of the Virgin Islands as non-matriculated students. Non-matriculated students are those who successfully completed secondary school and either (a) wish to take courses at the university without seeking a UVI degree or (b) applied for admission to the university but were inadmissible at the point of initial application. In the case of the latter category, non-matriculated students may subsequently apply for matriculated student status after earning a minimum of 18 credits in University of the Virgin Islands courses numbered 100 and above with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. These credits must include the general education requirements in English and the general education mathematics and science credits required by the degree they tend to pursue.
There is no application for non-matriculated student enrollment. Interested persons register for courses they are capable of taking, per university policy, at the time designated for non-matriculated student registration during the fall, spring, and summer registration periods.
Non-matriculated students are limited to part-time study (11.5 credits or fewer) per term and are ineligible for financial aid.
Matriculated students (admitted students who enrolled and began attendance at the University) who are not in attendance during two or more consecutive semesters (excluding summer session) must apply to be readmitted to the University. Submit an application for readmission, and a $15.00 readmission fee, to the Admissions Office, along with official final transcripts from any institution attended since previous enrollment at UVI. Readmission forms are filed by October 30th for spring semester; by April 30th for the fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required in order to e readmitted and enroll full time. Students who have a grade point average below 2.0 may attend part time, only.
Senior Citizen Education Program
The Virgin Islands Legislature, by Act No. 5358, has provided that certain senior citizen residents of the United States Virgin Islands may enroll in regularly scheduled courses at the University of the Virgin Islands free of charge to the senior citizens. Regularly scheduled courses are those that appear in the fall, spring, or summer schedules of classes.
Proof of Status: To be eligible for waiver of tuition and fees, persons seeking the Senior Citizen Education Program must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 60 years of age, as verified by the senior citizen ID card issued by the United States Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, and
- Be a resident of the United States Virgin Islands for at least one year.
Registration Procedures for the Senior Citizen Education Program
Persons may be enrolled as matriculated or non-matriculated students. In order to qualify as matriculated students, individuals must apply for admission and must meet the admissions requirements of the university. Non-matriculated students may take courses for which they meet the prerequisites. Non-matriculated students are limited to only part-time study.
- Senior Citizen Education Program students will register during the late registration period for courses for which they qualify that have space available. Priority will be given to those persons enrolled in programs administered by the United States Virgin Islands Department of Human Services.
- Senior Citizen Education Program students will present verifying documents to the Access and Enrollment Services Office on either campus. A form will be provided which eligible students will present to the University’s Cashier’s Office so payment may be waived.
- Senior Citizen Education Program students will present proof of prerequisites for courses for which they wish to receive credit. Those who wish to audit need not present such evidence. Auditors attend class regularly, do all coursework that is not graded, and do not earn grades or academic credit.
NOTE: As for all students, those making use of this benefit are required to observe the University regulations published in the catalog and other University publications.
Transfer Admission Guidelines
Students transferring from another university or college must submit all information required by a regular applicant. In addition, the director of student affairs of the institution from which the student is transferring will be requested to submit a confidential report on the student’s conduct. To be admitted as a transfer student, the candidate must have completed at least 12 semester credits and achieved at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, on a 4.00 scale, at the college(s) attended. Applicants who do not meet the cumulative average requirement may be enrolled as non-matriculated students. These students may subsequently apply for matriculated status after earning a minimum of 18 credits in degree courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale at the University of the Virgin Islands. For further information please check out UVI catalog.
Transfer of Academic Credits to the University
1. Transfer credits will be accepted only for matriculated students.
2. No grade lower than “C” may be accepted.
3. Full credit may be assigned for degree courses taken at institutions accredited by institutional accrediting groups recognized by the Council on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA).