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
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
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
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
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
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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