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UVI New Student Orientation Set for Spring 2021

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New Student Orientation 

The University of the Virgin Islands is pleased to be hosting a Virtual New and Transfer Student Orientation for the Spring 2021 semester.  “Orientation includes sessions to introduce new students to UVI, networking with other students and instructors, virtual campus tours and other initiatives of the University,” said Hedda Finch-Simpson, dean on students on the Albert A. Sheen Campus.   The St. Thomas Campus will be hosting a pre-orientation meeting on Dec. 8, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. for new and transfer students. At this meeting, students will be introduced to the Virtual New Student Orientation through the Microsoft Teams Platform which has a collection of short videos and assignments for students to complete. “As we innovate to keep all of us safe during this public health crisis and maximize the educational experience, we have created a dynamic and flexible orientation platform to start you on your journey to success,” said Verna Rivers, dean of Student Affairs. “The key is to get connected and stay involved as we navigate the challenges. We are here to support students.   

On both campuses of the University, orientation activities will continue on Jan. 2 - 10, 2021.  On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 new and transfer students are required to participate in orientation, advising and registration sessions. In addition to the Official Orientation Day Welcome, students  are invited to attend the New Student Convocation and Meet Your Academic Dean, sessions on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.  The Division of Student Affairs is prepared to meet the needs of our incoming freshman and newly matriculated students.  We do see a very robust and successful semester of student support services,” said Dean Finch-Simpson on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. 

New student advisement and registration are currently ongoing, until Friday Jan. 8, 2021, to include late registration for returning and non-matriculated students. Please reference the respective schedules for each campus for additional information. Spring semester classes at the University of the Virgin Islands will begin on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.  Online registration for continuing UVI students is available for Spring 2021, with access through the University’s BanWeb registration and student information portal.  UVI class schedules, link to the BanWeb login page and additional details are available from the Registrar’s section of the UVI website: 

Albert A. Sheen Campus 

Saturday January 2, and Sunday January 3, 2021 

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM                    ON-CAMPUS MOVE-IN!!! #YOUR CAMPUS #YOUR HOME 

Monday January 4, 2021 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM                 Buccaneer "PRIDE" Bundle Distribution 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM                 Presentation: Buccaneers on the Frontline to Greatness 

Resource Presentations: Journey to Destination-Success 

Checkpoint 1:   Utilizing Your Student Compass 

Checkpoint 2:   Enrollment Services 101-Access and Enrollment Services 

Checkpoint 3:   Bucs! Connect! - Center for Student Success 

Checkpoint 4:   Taking Care of Business- Financial Aid/Business Offices 

Checkpoint 5:   Buccaneer Essential Services- Security Services, Bookstore 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021   Holiday (UVI Closed) 


Thursday, January 5, 2021 

  9:30 AM - 10:00 AM                 BUCS' Student Housing Q & A (Residential Students) 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM                 GO BUCS! "Student Services" Success Session 

  2:30 PM -   3:30 PM                   Parent of Proud UVI Buccaneer:  Parents Helping Parents   Navigating their Young                                                         Adults in the Transition to Higher Education 


Friday, January 8, 2021 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM                 New Student Convocation:  #Welcome!  #Welcome! 

  2:00 PM –    3:00 PM                 It’s All Academics: Meet Your Academic Dean 


Saturday, January 9, 2021 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM                    UVI Bookstore Opens: Textbooks, Supplies, Apparel 

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                    Get Prepared: "Last Lap" Supplies Trips @Kmart @Plaza @Sunny     Isle (Reservation                                                       Required:  Taxi Departs campus at 10pm and 2pm) 


Sunday, January 10, 2021 

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM                      #Fun #Sand #Sea #Sun:  Day Trip to Rainbow Beach  

                                                      (Reservation Required:  Taxi Departs Student Center at 1pm) 

3:00 PM – 8:00 PM                     Get Prepared: "Last Lap" Supplies Trips @Kmart @Plaza @Sunny Isle (Reservation                                                             Required:  Taxi Departs campus at 3pm and 6pm) 


Monday, January 11, 2021           Classes Begin 


January 11-15, 2021 

  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM                     Add and Drop Period 

  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM                     Student ID Card Processing & New Student Survey