Student Orientation Events Kick Off UVI’s 2022-2023 Academic Year

Wall of the University of the Virgin Islands with students (Submitted photo)

Orientation activities for new and transfer students to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will be held next week at the Albert A. Sheen Campus in St. Croix and the Orville E. Kean Campus in St. Thomas .

Student orientation, which includes a range of informative, immersive and interactive activities, is mandatory for all newly admitted students and helps to ensure that students have the tools they need to successfully transition into their academic careers at UVI.

On the Sheen Campus, activities on Tuesday, August 9 begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Northwest Wing, followed by a campus tour, resource presentations, lunch at UVI Trellis and an Open House on Residence Life. /Parental session. “It’s All Academics Dean’s Talk”, an opportunity for students to connect with school deans and learn about each program; student counseling and registration; and the convocation of new students and the reception of buccaneers are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 10. Students at both campuses are encouraged to wear a white top paired with black or blue stockings for student convocation ceremonies.

Camille McKayle, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs, encourages new students to take full advantage of the resources available during orientation, such as the various student affairs offices, including the dean’s office, guidance and career services, Residence Life, Student Life and Health Services.

“We are excited to interact with our incoming students next week. Orientation gives us the opportunity to introduce you to all that UVI has to offer in addition to an excellent, world-class education. My team and I are here to help in any way we can to support our students,” McKayle said.

Beginning August 9, students attending Orientation at the Kean Campus will have a campus tour; receive information about accessing helpful resources, clubs, and organizations; and enjoy lunch. Students will also participate in a “Housing Open Day,” which includes a session for parents. New students will have the opportunity to meet with counselors and register for classes on August 10.

The new student convocation for the St. Thomas campus is scheduled for Thursday, August 11; Saturday, August 13, “BucNic” offers food, drink, fun, games and giveaways for UVI students, faculty and staff at Brewers Bay Beach.

“We look forward to welcoming our new and transfer students to the Orville E. Kean campus, where they can join our vibrant community of student-centered faculty and staff, all of whom are committed to helping them excel in their academic pursuits,” said Verna Rivers, Dean of Students at Kean Campus. “As they begin their college career at UVI, we’ve worked hard to provide an orientation week experience that sets a solid foundation for success in all aspects of their journey.”

To begin the fall 2022 school year, all students, residential and commuters, will be required to take a COVID-19 test between 48 hours and 24 hours before the start of the semester. The university’s revised COVID-19 vaccination policy for students allows for a testing protocol to replace the vaccination requirement for unvaccinated students.

Currently, unvaccinated students can attend in-person classes and participate in other campus activities. These students will be required to submit to tests on a monthly basis. Students wishing to live in halls of residence must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Visit for the full testing schedule.

New students are encouraged to check the Prospective Students section of the UVI website – – for schedule updates and additional details, such as campus maps, timetables courses, downloadable forms and residency information.

Classes begin at both campuses on Monday, August 15, and students are encouraged to apply to UVI’s Free Tuition Plus program, which allows qualified students who have attended three years of private, public, or parochial schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands to take UVI courses. free. In addition to tuition, Free Tuition Plus can also provide funds for books, room and board (on or off campus), and other expenses.

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