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This is UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is a student-centered institution devoted to excellence, innovation, research and making an impact in the U.S. Virgin Islands and globally.

Historically American. Uniquely Caribbean. Globally Interactive.

Founded in 1962, UVI is a public, co-ed, land-grant HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). Approximately 1,625 students are enrolled on the two campuses: the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas. The institution offers 99 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across its six colleges and schools.


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An education at the University of the Virgin Islands puts you on the path to success.
Faculty (42% with PhDs)
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Create your future for free!

UVI is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to provide comprehensive free tuition to eligible students thanks to the VI Higher Education Scholarship Program.
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More reasons to choose UVI

Located in one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, UVI offers far more than sun, sand and sea.
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UVI’s degree programs feature award-winning faculty. Students within these majors compete and win international honors and competitions. 


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Our campuses feature interactive technology to spur student learning. Both campuses include smart classrooms and laboratories, comprehensive videoconferencing system, a digital library collection, Innovation Centers, and WiFi. UVI has invested in a cloud-based portal and mobile app allows students and employees to stay connected to UVI from anywhere.


UVI Libraries

The libraries on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses house 15,000 eBooks and 90,000 print publications. UVI has been one of the founding members and co-administrative hosts of the Digital Library of the Caribbean offering more than 2.5 million pages of content since 2004.


Small class size

Small class sizes allow students to have meaningful and individualized interactions with their professors. UVI’s low student-teacher ratio of 12:1 creates a nurturing environment in which students can thrive.


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UVI’s affordable tuition has made college education a reality for students who otherwise could not afford higher education. Many students can be the first in their family to go to college.
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UVI’s strong academic standing has earned it consistent accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
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Frequently Asked Questions


The University of the Virgin Islands is situated in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which include St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Water Island. The islands are located in the Eastern Caribbean, approximately 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, UVI has campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix, with an Academic Center and an Environmental Resources Station on the island of St. John.

For the latest facts and figures on UVI's diverse student body, visit our UVI Fact Sheet.  More detailed information is included in our UVI Fact Books.
UVI's approximately 1625 full-time, part-time and graduate students come from the U.S. Virgin Islands, 36 states and territories and approximately 21 other countries, primarily in the Eastern Caribbean.
The faculty is comprised of 195 highly qualified, full-time and part-time members. Forty two percent of the faculty hold doctoral degrees. Faculty members represent diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, from the mainland U.S., the Virgin Islands and abroad.
The University boasts more than 7,000 alumni who have gone on to excel as professionals in many fields, as physicians, attorneys, judges, university administrators, teachers and heads of state. Among the many accomplishments of UVI students and graduates are two Rhodes Scholars and an alumnus who won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
The Reichhold Center for the Arts http://www.reichholdcenter.org on St. Thomas is a state-of-the-art performing arts center that has hosted top classical music, R&B, jazz, dance and theatrical performers from around the world. 

UVI has men’s and women’s sports teams in basketball, volleyball, track & field, cross country, tennis and swimming. UVI opened a 6,250 square-foot Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus on September 24, 2010. The center boasts a mirrored aerobics and dance studio with a sprung wood floor and a large fitness equipment room with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular equipment. The Wellness Center is open to all UVI students. Memberships are available to UVI alumni, faculty and staff, and the Virgin Islands public. For information call (340) 693-1410.

The St. Croix campus has the Bucs Fitness Center, a 900-square-foot fitness facility, where students, faculty and staff are able to work out daily.

On St. Thomas, the University’s Sports and Fitness Center is the premier athletic facility of its type in the Caribbean. A dual cross-court is available for teaching and practice activities, as well as two official-size basketball courts, and a resilient portable wooden floor for basketball and volleyball games. The arena seats 2,500-3,000 people. In addition, the building houses several administrative offices, three classrooms and a VIP sky box/public relations area.

UVI will work with you and your advisors to identify ways that you can invest "social capital" in UVI, its students and the Virgin Islands community.  Safe, secure and convenient online giving using your debit or credit card is available from this link:  Investing In UVI.  For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1042 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4023 on St. Croix. University of the Virgin Islands faculty and staff may make gifts to the Annual Fund by payroll deduction.