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University of the Virgin Islands


The University of the Virgin Islands was founded in 1962 by the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is a publicly funded, co-educational, liberal arts college. Its first campus opened in St. Thomas, in July 1963. The St. Croix campus was established in 1964. The University began by offering AA degrees, but in 1967 added four-year BA programs in liberal arts and education. The first UVI master's degree was awarded in 1976.


The University of Virgin Islands is situated in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which includes St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Water Island. The islands are located in the Eastern Caribbean just 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. UVI is three hours by plane from Atlanta and Miami and five hours from New York City.

UVI has two campuses on two magnificent tropical islands separated by 40 miles of pristine turquoise sea. The St. Thomas campus is three miles west of Charlotte Amalie with its own beach and golf course while the St. Croix campus is midway between the towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted which houses its own grove of tropical fruit trees, a greenhouse and a model farm.


The University of Virgin Islands maintains high academic standards through a faculty dedicated to excellence in higher education and committed to the university. The teaching faculty is composed of highly qualified full-time members, with more than half having doctoral degrees in their respective disciplines. Faculty members represent diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and come from the United States, the Caribbean and several countries around the world.

The university maintains small classes and ensures close contact among students, professors, and faculty advisors. By reason of its founding mission, UVI is dedicated to the betterment of the community it serves, both regional and global. Such is the mark of the university's pursuit for excellence in all its endeavors.

Kathy Sheats observing medication preparation.


The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program of the University of the Virgin Islands provides an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in nursing as a career.

After fulfilling the first year General Education and pre- Nursing requirements, students will complete core nursing courses and clinical requirements at the University of Virgin Islands' St. Croix Campus. Graduates are awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Virgin Islands.

In addition, students must pass the English Proficiency Examination and upon successful completion of the associate of science degree, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. This exam is required to practice as a registered nurse in the United States.

Clearly, UVI provides deserving and able individuals with solid and quality healthcare education and opportunity to pursue their dreams in their chosen field of healthcare nursing, as well as prepare students who want to pursue a career as a registered nurse.

Students charting on Meditech system.


The University of the Virgin Islands is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools while the bachelor and associate degree programs in nursing education are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc. (NLNAC)


On both campuses, the Division of Student Affairs provides a comprehensive program of social, recreational and cultural enrichment for both traditional and commuting students. The component also facilitates the development of UVI's student clubs and organizations, and includes the National Student Government Association.

Also, the university is connected to the world by a campus-wide information system linked to the Internet and World Wide Web.

Students reviewing orders on the medical unit.


Student housing is provided in both UVI campuses. The St. Thomas campus is comprised of four separate residence halls for male and female students while the St. Croix campus is composed of residential facility, the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life, meeting and study rooms, laundry facilities and the Student Center.

For off-campus housing, the university does not assume responsibility but keeps a list of available housing for students who wish to seek off-campus accommodations.

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