Univ. of VI, STT--good, bad, mediocre?
Well, this may be the first topic I've started, but I would really appreciate your thoughts on this. We live in central Kentucky, and have a 16 year old son, who will graduate in May 2009 from high school. He is a good, but not great student. In considering his college choice, one option is to attend the Univ. of the VI at STT. If he did this, we would more than likely move to STT rather than STX, at least while he attended school.
So, what do you think? Is UVI a bona fide university? Although we live in Kentucky, we have traveled with our son extensively, so he has already seen a good bit of the world. Nonetheless, I wonder about how he would "fit in."
We have been planning to move to the USVI regardless, except that our original (and still preferred) destination was STX. We would probably buy a condo near the university if he decides to attend there.
What do you think? Good idea or bad?
I'll be interested in the response – one of our daughters has decided to leave the U of Oregon and get a nursing degree at UVI. Any thoughts?
You know, there is an UVI on STX, too.
I am aware of UVI on STX, but the class offerings are not the same. If he were to attend, the STT campus is the one he would go to.
I would recommend sticking with nursing in the states, but the marine science dept is very nice. It is only offered on the St Thomas campus, though. St Croix has an agricultural sciences degree instead.
I would second East Ender - the marine biology is supposed to be very good, but for nursing, staying stateside would definitely be a good idea. (In my Nurse Practitioner husband's humble opinion)
I don't know anything personally about the nursing program at UVI on STX.
However a young woman who used to post here, LaurenOlivia, came here form Oregon specifically to attend the nursing program at UVI. She was from either Oregon or Washington, I forget, and she couldn't get into a program there, At that time, 3 years ago, there was a shortage of nursing instructors in the Pacific Northwest which was limiting the number of students accepted. She entered UVI in August of 2004 and graduated from the nursing program in June of 2006. I believe she was generally happy with her schooling. She's been working back in the states for about a year. It would be interesting to hear her perspective now.
You can do a search for her posts.
Some people move to STT who are more cut out to live on STX and vice versa. Many of them wind up leaving the islands without ever learning that they just picked the wrong island.
If you have been shooting for STX and have visited the islands and found STX the best fit for you, then moving to STT might not work out so well for you. At most universities, your first two years of classes are basic stuff you can take at any University or Community College. It's the next 2-3 years that you take the specific classes for your major.
Your son may not balk too much about living with you 1-2 years more if it makes it easier for him to afford to get through the first couple years of college, but at some point he is likely to want to live on his own or share an apartment with roommates. There are also some dormitory spaces available at both campuses of the UVI.
You might want to check into whether STX has all the same types of classes he'd take his first year or two. Then when it becomes necessary he could transfer to the STT campus. Or he may find that college isn't his thing and opt to go to a trade school or something after a year or two.
Just a thought.
i've been trying to research this lately as well. i'm actually finishing up my pre-req's right now since i couldn't get into nursing school this fall (here in NC) and now have to wait until fall 2008 to try again. i saw on the UVI's nursing section it said they didn't have a wait list- not sure if that's still accurate but if i can get in and not wait, we may be moving sooner than thought! i've also been wondering about the education vs. a stateside college as well...thanks for the help!