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University of the Virgin Islands: Narrative Description


2 John Brewers Bay
Charlotte Amalie, VI 00802-9990
Tel: (340)776-9200
Admissions: (340)693-1224
E-mail: [email protected]
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Territory-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1962. Setting: 175-acre small town campus. Endowment: $6.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $6.3 million. Total enrollment: 2,565. Faculty: 270 (109 full-time, 161 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 784 applied, 72% were admitted. Full-time: 1,231 students, 75% women, 25% men. Part-time: 1,121 students, 78% women, 22% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 10 other countries, 3% from out-of-territory, 0.2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 75% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 48% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 4/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Territory resident tuition: $3370 full-time, $100 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9370 full-time, $300 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $426 full-time, $276 per year part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. College room and board: $7740. College room only: $1100. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 33 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: The Squad, Predators, Golden Key Honor Society, National Student Exchange Club, St. Kitts and Nevis. Major annual events: Welcome Kontiki Boat Ride, Afternoon on the Green, Miss University of the Virgin Islands. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 250 college housing spaces available; 208 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library with 106,361 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 136,790 serials, 1,065 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $781,229. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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