A public university located in the heart of the Caribbean, University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) was founded in 1962 as a public land-grant HBCU. Its original name was the College of the Virgin Islands. It was renamed UVI in 1986 to reflect its growth and academic curricula. The institution offers 47 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across 5 colleges and schools. UVI boasts more than 7,000 alumni who excel as physicians, attorneys, judges, politicians, university administrators, teachers, nurses and many other professionals.