The University of the Virgin Islands, established in 1962 in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands, is a notable institution in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As a relatively young university, it was founded with the mission to offer accessible higher education to the residents of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean. Its establishment marked a significant step in expanding educational opportunities in the region, particularly for students of African descent.
Today, the University of the Virgin Islands is a vibrant 4-year public land-grant university, home to 1,636 students. It offers a diverse range of academic programs, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, as well as Post-master's certificates. The university is known for its programs in Business, Nursing, Accounting, Police and Criminal Science, Biology, Psychology, and Elementary Education. These programs reflect the university's commitment to providing comprehensive and practical education that meets the needs of its students and the community.
Athletically, the University of the Virgin Islands competes in the NAIA within the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), with its teams known as The Buccaneers. The university's campus, set in a picturesque town setting, offers campus housing, fostering a close-knit and supportive community for its students.
NAIA - Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC)
Team Name: The Buccaneers