The University of St. Martin (USM) is a university in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten founded in 1989. Its specialization is the hospitality program of which it offers the UK accredited Higher National Diploma. The USM has about 350 part and full-time students, and more than 500 alumni. Its president is Dr. Francio Guadeloupe.
USM was established in 1989 by the Honorable Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey and the Honorable Ambassador Dr. Hushang Ansary as an annex of Johnson and Wales University. Its facilities were destroyed by Hurricane Lenny in 1999, but the university was rebuilt. Its peach and white buildings overlook the Great Salt Pond in picturesque Philipsburg.
By forging a symbiotic relationship with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), USM plans to build additional classrooms and dormitories. The symbiosis between both institutions, popularly referred to as UVI@USM, makes it possible for students on the island to obtain North American accredited BA and MA degrees. The USM also entertains a number of articulation agreements with, among others, Florida A&M University (FAMU), l’Université de Paris XII: Val-de-Marne, Florida Metropolitan University, Florida State University (FSU), University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Johnson & Wales University (JWU), Berkeley College, Pace University, Monroe College, and Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax, Canada.
==USM currently offers the following degree programs==
Associate of Arts in Business with specializations in: - Accounting - Management
Associate of Arts in General Liberal Arts
Associate of Applied Science in Business Information Management
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Bachelor of Arts in Education (with UVI)
USM also offers a Certificate in Teaching program, English as a Second Language (ESL) program, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Tutorial Program, the pre-USM Program (College Preparatory Program, which includes the GED), and the (School of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (SCELL), run by Dr. Natasha Gittens. Besides these courses through the UVI@USM students also are eligible to enroll in the 43 degree programs offered by the University of the Virgin Islands.
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