Why make the University of the Virgin Islands your university of first choice?

One of UVI’s goals is to produce graduates who are academically excellent, globally sensitive, entrepreneurially focused, emotionally and spiritually balanced, and committed to serving the world.
46 Degree Programs UVI’s degree programs feature award-winning faculty. Students within these majors compete and win international honors and competitions. UVI offers 47 associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs. The most popular programs are business administration, biology, psychology, criminal justice, and education.  Eight degree programs will begin in Fall 2016:  PhD in Creative Leadership for Leadership & ChangeBachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Master of AccountingExecutive Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and Master of Arts in School Counseling & Guidance.   [Degree Programs]

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The Albert A. Sheen St. Croix campus and the St. Thomas campus feature interactive technology to spur student learning. Both campuses include smart classrooms and laboratories, comprehensive videoconferencing system, digital library collection, Innovation Centers, and WiFi. UVI has invested in a cloud-based portal and mobile app allows students and employees to stay connected to UVI from anywhere. [Information & Technology Services]

large library collection The libraries on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses house 15,000 eBooks and 90,000 print publications. UVI has been one of the founding members and co-administrative hosts of the Digital Library of the Caribbean offering more than 2.5 million pages of content since 2004. [Libraries]

Small Class Sizes - 11:1 Student:Teacher Ratio Small class sizes allow students to have meaningful and individualized interactions with their professors. UVI’s low student-teacher ratio of 12:1 creates a nurturing environment in which students can thrive.  [Fact Sheet]

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing The UVI nursing programs have a proud history of helping meet the healthcare needs of the Virgin Islands. UVI’s School of Nursing degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. UVI’s Associate of Arts Degree Nursing Program was initially accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1968.  [School of Nursing]

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs UVI’s Business Administration major offers concentrations in accounting, information systems, finance, marketing, hospitality and tourism management, and management. UVI’s School of Business Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. [School of Business]

UVI is an NCATE Accredited Institution UVI’s education programs train hundreds of educators who serve the territory’s youth. UVI’s School of Education degree programs are accredited by the National Council of Teacher Education.  [School of Education]

Middle States Commission on Higher Education UVI is an accredited land-grant university. Founded in 1962, UVI is a public, co-ed, land-grant HBCU (Historically Black College and University). The University’s strong academic standing has earned it consistent accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. [Accreditation]

Affordable Tuition UVI’s low tuition has made college education a reality for students who otherwise could not afford higher education. Many students can be the first in their family to go to college.  [Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Tuition:

  • $2,315.50 for USVI Residents
  • $6,946.00 for Non-USVI Residents 

(per semester for AY '16-'17)

13D Entrepreneurship Competition UVI encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship among students striving for self-sufficiency. Through a generous philanthropic donation, students compete to create businesses that provide much-needed products and services to the community. Eligible students receive $30,000 to launch a new business in the Virgin Islands.  [Entrepreneurship Competition]

National Alumni Association of the Year Award UVI has one of the highest alumni giving rates among HBCUs. Giving is one of many ways alumni show their support and appreciation of their alma mater.  [Alumni Affairs]
  • 52.49% Alumni Giving Rate (FY '13-'14)

Student Research Symposia UVI students have the opportunity to conduct premier research abroad and within University laboratories. Under the tutelage of UVI professors, students research topics including coral reef protection, algae growth, cybersecurity, antibiotic research and other STEM topics. Each semester UVI sponsors a symposium where students present their research findings to a panel of peers and faculty. [Student Research Opportunities]

beach/water photo The University of the Virgin Islands is located in the heart of the warm and beautiful Caribbean with easy access to Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, Dominica and other Eastern Caribbean islands. The University has two campuses. The 130-acre Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix includes a multi-level complex constructed around a landscaped courtyard with open-air walkways, attractive stonework, tropical foliage, miniature waterfalls and man-made ponds. The 388-acre St. Thomas campus has far reaching views of crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, colorful foliage and fruit trees. St. John and St. Martin/Sint Maarten students participate in classes via video conference. [Photo Galleries]

Carnegie Foundation - Elective Community Engagement Classification UVI remains committed to keeping the community informed through active community engagement projects. The University recently received the prestigious honor of Community Engagement Classification status from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  [Award Recognition]

Research Day Image UVI hosts an annual Research Day which provides the Virgin Islands public with an exciting and interactive opportunity to learn about collaborative and interdisciplinary research conducted at the University. Previous research themes included health disparities, agribusiness, water quality, green technology, environmental conservation, invasive species, domestic violence, educational behavior, substance abuse, and crime. [Research Activities

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The Reichhold Center for the Arts, the University’s performing arts center, is a 1,196-seat amphitheater nestled in a tropical setting on the western end of the St. Thomas campus. The Reichhold Center stage has played host to many luminaries in the entertainment business, including Ray Charles, Celia Cruz, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Osborne, the Dance Theater of Harlem, The Soweto Gospel Choir and more. [Reichhold Center for the Arts]

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