The only university on Prince Edward Island, UPEI has four faculties—arts, science, education and veterinary medicine—along with a business school and nursing school. All first-year students have to choose one of three mandatory courses: writing, global studies or university studies. With 59 exchange agreements with universities in 26 countries, UPEI’s international exchange program can hold its own with those found at larger schools. In keeping with UPEI’s efforts to internationalize, the student union pairs Canadians with exchange students to help them feel at home. “Our priority at UPEI is to position our graduates for success in a rapidly changing world,” says president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “The best way to ensure this is by introducing our students to different cultures, whether on campus or around the world.” At the heart of campus is the historic quadrangle, known for its distinctive red-brick buildings, which date back to the 19th century. Modern buildings have been added over the years, including a student centre, an apartment-style residence and a recreation centre with a 25-m pool and two NHL-sized rinks. A facility to house the new School of Sustainable Design Engineering is slated to open in 2017 and will feature state-of-the-art design studios. The southeast part of campus borders on the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, and the sandy splendour of Brackley Beach is just a short distance away.
• Sustainable Design Engineering: Employs a project-based model linked to industry; focuses on developing products, processes, services and solutions in environmental and resource sustainability. In fourth year, students will act as senior designers and mentors on industry projects.
• Environmental Studies: Equips students to understand environmental connections across academic fields, analyze complex environmental issues, and lead the way in innovation toward sustainable solutions.
• Diversity and Social Justice Studies: Students examine inequities from multiple perspectives. The program is divided into three themes: gender and sexuality, identities and social structures, and cultural representation and analysis.
• Video Game Architecture: Students in this course build a small video game while learning the structures that are found within the code of a typical game project.
• Creativity: Examines creativity and how new ideas are born from a psychoanalytic perspective. Explore the nature of the creative process and how creative people work.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$6,718||1st & 2nd year: 37.7
3rd & 4th year: 18.8
|444 (approx. 300 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 69.4%