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University of the Virgin Islands

University of the Virgin Islands seal
Motto Historically American. Uniquely Caribbean. Globally Interactive.
Established 1962
Type Public, HBCU
President LaVerne Ragster, Ph.D.
Faculty 107
Staff 450
Students 2,392[1]
Location St. Croix & St. Thomas,
United States Virgin Islands
Former names Friends of the Virgin Islands
Sports basketball
tennis
volleyball
track and field
cross country
swimming
table tennis
Nickname Buccaneers or Lady Buccaneers
Athletics NCAA
Affiliations Caribbean University Sports Association
Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria
Website www.uvi.edu
UVI Name.gif

The University of the Virgin Islands (or UVI) is a public university located in the United States Virgin Islands.

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Academics

The university has five academic divisions: Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. UVI offers several graduate degree programs and undergraduate degree programs. The graduate programs consist of a Specialist Degree in Education Specialist in School Psychology and four Masters Degrees in the following: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers, Master of Business Administration, Master of Marine and Environmental Science, and Master of Public Administration. The Undergraduate Degree Programs are divided into several categories: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts , Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science.

Its liberal arts curriculum is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the university works diligently and strategically to recruit local, national and international students to broaden and create a diversified student population, as 94% of its current students are natives of the US Virgin Islands.

National Student Exchange

At UVI, students from around the nation are allowed to participate in a semester or year-long exchange to UVI through the National Student Exchange. Tuition is paid towards either the student's home or host school. Living on-campus is required at UVI. In addition, students enrolled in UVI have the opportunity to travel to colleges and universities in one of the 50 states, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada to experience an exchange.

History

UVI was founded as the College of the Virgin Islands on March 16, 1962. In 1986, it officially became one of the 117 U.S. Historically black colleges and universities. The institution also changed its name in 1986 to the University of the Virgin Islands to reflect the growth and diversification of its academic curriculum, research programs, and regional community services.

Campus

This university has two campuses; one located on St. Croix and the other located on St. Thomas. The latter campus is three miles (5 km) away from Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the territory.

Athletic facilities

The campus on St. Thomas boasts a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) Sports and Fitness Center, as well as a golf course, tennis courts, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, and baseball and soccer fields. The Sports and Fitness Center can seat up to 3,500 people and annually hosts the Paradise Jam tournament for mainland NCAA basketball teams. On St. Croix, there exists an outdoor sports facility equipped with basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Also, there is a small exercise gym inside the Student Activities center. St. Croix has large fields in front, but they are unacceptable for athletic use, as they are uneven and tend to flood.

Student activities

Athletics

UVI is a member of the NCAA and the Caribbean University Sports Association. It fields Division II and/or III varsity teams for both men and women in basketball, tennis, volleyball, track and field, cross country, swimming, and table tennis. UVI athletic teams are nicknamed "the Buccaneers."

Currently, the head coach of UVI's men's basketball team is Sean Georges.

Also, UVI is a member of the LAI (Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria) university league. LAI was established in 1929 and currently consists of the twenty American universities in the Caribbean - nineteen in Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands. As a result, UVI athletes' opponents are often from Puerto Rico, although they do play many teams from mainland universities.

UVI also offers intramural sport activities during both the fall and spring semesters.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Dr. Granville Wrensford former chair of Albany State University's Department of Natural Sciences
Richard Skerritt 1980 UVI's first-ever Rhodes scholar, businessman, and manager of the West Indies cricket team.

External links

Archived copies of the printed versions of UVI Voice fully and openly online in the Digital Library of the Caribbean

Coordinates: 18°20′36″N 64°58′22″W / 18.34342°N 64.97282°W / 18.34342; -64.97282








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