University Bound (UB) (formerly Upward Bound) is a college preparatory program designed to generate the skills and motivation that lead to academic success for students in high school and beyond. University Bound extends its services to high school students from families meeting low income criteria, potential first generation college students, and students with academic needs who may benefit from the program services. It seeks to help students who have academic ability, but who may not have the preparation, motivation or opportunity to realize or demonstrate their full potential. UB provides a unique experience with a different meaning for each student who is eager to grow and learn in a setting designed for success.

UB was instituted at the University of the Virgin Islands in the summer of 1966. Since its inception, it has helped many high school students in the Virgin Islands progress toward their goal of attaining higher education.

Program Goal

The goal of the UB is to provide opportunities to eligible high school students with academic potential who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education. The program offers academic instruction, individual and small group tutorials, individual and small group counseling, college admission information, and cultural, social and recreational activities to its participants.

Structure and Activities

University Bound offers a year-round educational program, which includes an Academic Year and a Summer Residential Component.

  • The Academic Year Program is held on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters (October - May).
    Saturdays are scheduled for students to receive tutoring, counseling and classroom instruction. Students are assigned after-school tutorial as is necessary. Additionally, there are numerous extra-curricular activities planned to augment the academic program.  Application Deadline: September 25th.
  • The Summer Residential Component includes an intense 4-6-week preparatory program (June - July).
    Students will participate in an intense residential program. They will attend daily classes in composition/literature, math through pre-calculus, laboratory science through chemistry or physics, and foreign language. Additionally, students will be exposed to wide variety of cultural enrichment, social and recreational activities. An opportunity to participate in a college tour.  Graduating University Bound seniors may have the opportunity to participate in UB Bridge - Career Internship/Work-Study Program. A dedicated staff of administrators, counselors, instructors, tutors, resident assistants are all involved to provide services that meet the students' needs. Preferred Application Deadline: May 1st.  Application may be submitted after the deadline on a rolling basis.
Who's Eligible?
You are eligible to apply if you:
  • are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • have completed the 8th grade
  • are attending one of the high schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • have and maintain a minimum 2.0 or above Grade Point Average
  • are from a low-income family, as determined by the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education
  • are a potential first-generation college student. (Neither parent has obtained a Bachelor's or higher degree)
  • have an academic need and may benefit from program services
  • are enrolled in or agree to enroll in college preparatory or vocational courses at your school
  • have good behavior

How to Apply

Applications for UB are accepted year-round, on a first-come, first-served basis. To be considered for the UB Program, you must submit the following:

  • A completed University Bound Application
    • A Microsoft Word version of the application is available upon request by emailing yrichar@uvi.edu for St. Thomas/St. John students and malbany@uvi.edu for St. Croix students.  
  • Your parents' or guardian's most recent 1040 or 1040A Income Tax Return
  • A letter of recommendation from your high school counselor or a math, science, or English teacher
  • Your most recent high school transcript or report card
  • Sit an interview with your parents or guardian to discuss your participation in the program.

Cost

There is no cost to students who participate in University Bound, or to their families.

For more Information
Contact the University Bound Offices

St. Thomas
(340) 693-1130
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, VI  00802

St. Croix
(340) 692-4182
RR 01 Box 10,000
Kingshill, VI  00850-9781

University Bound is a total learning experience involving home, school and community.