As a premiere American university in the Caribbean, the University of the Virgin Islands welcomes students from the U. S. Virgin Islands, the U. S. mainland and all around the world. Throughout our history we’ve helped our students create better futures for themselves and their communities – and we want to help you do the same.
At UVI, you’ll be energized by meaningful, challenging coursework and inspired by the area’s rich culture. Our academic programs are rich with intellectual development and hands-on learning. Think about the fascinating sights and unique experiences you could have here among our diverse community of students. It’s an educational experience like no other.
UVI prepares you for a future where you can make a difference anywhere around the globe. Because class sizes are small, you’ll not only receive personal attention from our accomplished professors, you’ll be challenged to think, grow and expand your horizons.
Whether you’re from the Caribbean or the U. S. mainland, UVI is more affordable than you might think. Because we’re a publicly funded university, we work to keep our tuition low. We also offer scholarships, loans, employment programs and tuition payment plans to help you join our vibrant community. Apply for admission to UVI.
UVI is accepting applications for the Spring semester. Apply Online.
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|Ms. Charmaine Smith
Coordinator for Enrollment Services
|Ms. Barbara Todman
Coordinator for International Admissions
|University of the Virgin Islands
Albert A. Sheen Campus-St. Croix
Kingshill, USVI 00850-9781
|University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas Campus
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802-9990
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Disability Services (St. Thomas Campus) and the Learning Assistance Program (LAP - Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix) serves students with hearing, mobility, speech, and visual impairments; chronic illnesses, seizure disorders, psychological disabilities, and learning disabilities. Students with temporary disabilities may request services for the period during which they are disabled.
Accessibility services, may include, but are not limited to:
Transfer students will receive a summary of their transfer credits. This transfer evaluation will be considered unofficial until approval of credits towards the student’s major is given by the Dean of their respective school or college. Once approval has been given by the respective Dean, an official evaluation will be finalized and added to the student’s record. Students are encouraged to share this evaluation with his/her academic advisor to assist with the planning of their class schedule.
Transfer Credit Policy Summary
The Student Handbook includes the following information:
UVI's Health Form must be completed by a medical provider and returned to UVI's Health Services Center prior to moving on campus or registering for classes.
Students enrolled at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) are assumed to be of good moral character and are expected to exhibit acceptable standards of conduct both on and off campus. The policies and regulations of the University are based on the expectations that students will be responsible for their own behavior during their years at the University. In all cases, it is expected that students will be governed by a respect for the rights of others and for the commonly accepted standards and morals of our society. Thus, the University’s Student Code of Conduct (“Student Code”) is designed not only to maintain order but also to foster positive student development at UVI by establishing behavioral standards conducive to a higher educational learning environment.
The goals of the Student Code are:
a) To maintain order and to ensure the freedom, due process, and privacy of all members of the UVI community;
b) To maintain a way of life that is physically and psychologically healthy;
c) To provide an atmosphere in which students can achieve their educational objectives.
UVI students are members of both the University community and the wider Virgin Islands community. Thus, a student’s conduct may be subject to concurrent review both by the University community and by local law enforcement authorities. A student whose conduct violates the UVI Student Code also may be held responsible for the same conduct in civil court or in criminal court (if the conduct violates existing local and/or federal law). Therefore, it is important for students to become familiar with both the Student Code and local laws that govern their behavior while attending the University.
Click to access UVI's Student Code of Conduct.
All members of the University community are urged to assist in making the campuses safe places by being alert, cautious, security conscious, responsible and by not taking safety for granted. Everyone who utilizes campus facilities must assume responsibility for the security of personal belongings and their own personal safety. Suspicious persons, dangerous or unusual situations, and all other crimes or attempted crimes including assault or attempted assault should be reported immediately to the Security Department. Everyone is urged to protect personal property by keeping residence hall rooms, entrance doors and vehicles locked and by not leaving keys or valuables in cars.
Effective April 1, 2014, all vehicles of UVI students and employees parked on campus must have valid parking permits which are visible to security officers. Vehicles must be parked in appropriately designated color coded parking areas, i.e. residential student parking (red lots), commuter student parking (purple lots), faculty and staff parking (green lots), visitor parking (orange lots) or open parking (yellow lots). The Security Department will issue tickets or citations and/or immobilize vehicles for lack of properly displayed valid parking permits and other parking violations (e.g. parking in handicap parking spots, etc.). Click to learn more.
The safety and security of UVI students, faculty, staff and guests are of primary concern. Through interdepartmental collaboration, many individuals are involved in keeping our campuses and their facilities safe and secure for all users. The Security Department on both campuses is open 24 hours a day, providing round-the-clock protection and services to the campus communities. Officers are on duty seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Security Department enforces UVI rules and regulations and aids in the enforcement of federal, territorial and local laws and statues. UVI Police officers have full Peace Officer powers, and the Security officers have citizen’s arrest authority and all receive ongoing training from various law enforcement officials and agencies located in the Virgin Islands.
The University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and staff can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of assault, sexual harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the UVI community should be aware that such behavior is prohibited by both federal and local law, and by University policy. Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited, and un-welcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or with sexual implications. Personal compliments, social interaction, or relationships freely entered into and welcomed by the recipient do not constitute sexual harassment. Sexual assaults, forcible and non-forcible rape, are considered criminal offenses subject to disciplinary action, arrest and imprisonment. Click to learn more.
The University of the Virgin Islands seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community. UVI does not condone possession, use, or distribution or marijuana, LSD, hallucinogens or narcotics by anyone in any campus facility or on University grounds. Any individual known to possess, use or distribute such drugs is subject to disciplinary action, which could result in suspension, or dismissal, possible arrest, imprisonment and/or a fine, according to Virgin Islands and federal laws. Click to learn more.
The University of the Virgin Islands is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (Visit the CHE web site for current details.) of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Phone: 215-662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
UVI is an active member of the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Association of Caribbean Information Systems, the Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes, the Association of Governing Boards, the National Association for Equal Opportunity and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. UVI is a land-granted institution and the only one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities outside of the continental United States. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, Section 504, PL 101-542 educator and employer.
Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time. Not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.
Bachelor's Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rates Grouped by Gender*:
Bachelor's Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rates Grouped by Race/Ethnicity*:
Bachelor's Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rates Grouped by Receipt of Pell Grant*:
*Percentage of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2008 and received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program.
Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Job placement support for students is distributed throughout the schools and colleges. The Freshman Development Seminar course includes career exploration topics and methods for developing an academic plan tailored to the student’s career aspirations. Some academic models also have a 300 and/or 400-level required course in preparation for required internship experiences. Faculty within each academic area provide varying levels of graduate and professional mentoring.
The Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) and the Office of Research and Public Service (RPS) recently collaborated on contacting the alumni to administer the survey. An in-house survey was developed based on best practices. Responses from the survey of graduates between 2010 and 2014 afford insights into the employment patterns of alumni. With three out of every four alumni employed and almost 20% of the rest continuing their education, there is evidence that UVI is having a positive impact on employability of its graduates. Of the graduates in the USVI, 80% were employed and 14% were in some form of continuing education. Graduates in other Caribbean islands post 75% employment and 25% in a continuing education mode. The School of Nursing boasts 100% employment among its graduates. However, the School of Business and College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences are outstanding, with 77% and 75% employment, respectively.
The School of Nursing leads with 80% of its graduates who claim that their field or major is “highly related” to their current job, followed by graduates of School of Education and College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. In the School of Business, 91% of their respondents asserted that they were prepared by UVI for their present job “adequately” or “more than adequately”; they were followed by College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences graduates and School of Education with 90% and 89% respectively. Nursing students earn the highest salaries, and graduates of the School of Education, more than any other, would recommend UVI “without reservations”.
Paying for college can be difficult, and with college tuition rates increasing across the United States, financial responsibilities can become overwhelming. At UVI, we want to help make your higher education goals affordable while keeping your college debt levels as low as possible.
|2016-2017 Academic Year*|
|Full-Time Tuition Rates||USVI Resident||Non-USVI Resident|
|Undergraduate Full-Time Tuition||$4,631||$13,892|
|Room & Board||$6,824 to $11,380||$6,824 to $11,380|
|Part-Time Tuition Rates||USVI Resident||Non-USVI Resident|
|Undergraduate Part-Time Tuition (per credit hour)||$147||$221|
|Graduate Part-Time Tuition (per credit hour)||$86||$735|
Source: Current Tuition & Fees
* 2016-2017 Academic Year represents potential Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 charges. Summer rates are not included in this estimate.
Tuition & fees can be paid by cash, check, credit card, ACH (electronic check), bank wire or with a tuition payment plan. Online payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover) and ACH are accepted and processed.
|Tuition Payment Plans for Academic Year 2016-2017|
|Prepay with 2% Discount||
Payment Plan for the Academic Year
Discounts are not applicable to students on financial aid or UVI scholarships.
|Pay in 2 Installments||
Payment Plan for the Academic Year
Fall semester payment is due in full by August 1. Spring semester payment is due prior to completing enrollment for Spring classes. No discounts are available.
|Pay in 4 Installments||
Payment Plan for the Semester
The first installment of 25% is due by August 1. The other installments are due by September 1, October 1, and November 1. A per semester administrative fee of $45 will be is charged to accounts with this option.
|Pay in 5 Installments||Students may use Tuition Management System, https://uvi.afford.com/, to pay in tuition and fees in five installments. There are service fees for this option. Tuition Management System also offers education payment counseling. Contact an education payment advisor to learn more about available payment methods.|
These options are limited to full-time students not receiving scholarships or financial aid. New UVI students must pay their tuition and fees in full or pay their first installment by August 19. Returning students must pay their tuition and fees in full or make arrangements for one of the payment options in the UVI Business Office by August 1 to complete enrollment and enter classes for the Fall semester.
To ensure resources are available for instruction, students must pay their required tuition and fees prior to the start of classes. Students who do not conform to UVI’s Tuition & Fees Payment Policy will be removed from registered courses, regarded as not enrolled, debarred from attending classes, and prohibited from residing on University property and utilizing student services.
Refunds - If a student withdraws during a term, the refund for that term will be calculated in accordance with the University’s regular refund policy. In the event a student covered by one of UVI’s payment plans withdraws, or otherwise leaves UVI, the student may withdraw from the plan and the unutilized balance will be refunded.
Business Services/Cashier’s Office
Financial Aid Office
|Scholarships||A variety of scholarships are available for new and current UVI students. The application deadline is typically March 1. However, new scholarships become available year around. Scholarships do not have to be repaid.|
|Grants||Federal and territorial grants are typically available to students who have met certain criteria. Grants do not have to be repaid.|
|Loans||Subsidized, unsubsidized, private and public loans are available to students. Repayment is typically due 6 months after graduation, withdraw, or drop below half-time status.|
|Employment||Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing students to earn money to help pay educational expenses.|
In accordance with federal regulations, UVI’s Financial Aid Office must monitor each student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of a degree. Financial aid is based on financial need, which is calculated by subtracting the expected family contribution from UVI’s cost of attendance. Student’s progress is checked at the completion of each term. The satisfactory academic progress review is based on the percentage rate of attempted credit hours, minimum cumulative and/or semester grade-point average (GPA), and timeframe needed for program completion. Click for additional information about SAP.
To be considered for Federal Financial Aid students must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov . Resources are limited. Apply as soon as possible.
UVI adheres to strict policies regarding the release of student information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
2. The rights to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The University of the Virgin Islands has invested institutional resources, both monetary and human, to provide the electronic resources needed for University stakeholders to perform the business of the University. The very nature and expense of these resources make them both valuable and limited and a privilege granted to University stakeholders.
With this privilege, the University imposes the necessary obligations and responsibilities upon its stakeholders. The University is endowing all of these stakeholders with the overall responsibility to maximize the resources and use them in an ethical and efficient way consistent with University policies and contracts, and territorial and federal laws. The University makes resources available to its campuses, its instructional sites and to stakeholders remotely in the expectation that these resources will be used for the purpose of performing University business in the process of achieving the mission and vision of the University. The University accepts the reality that personal calls or emails may be received and/or sent. Click to access UVI's Acceptable Use Policy.