University of Prince Edward Island

University of Prince Edward Island | Charlottetown, P.E.I. | Founded 1804

University of Prince Edward Island

Trying out for the UPEI Women’s Basketball team at Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, originally built for the 1991 Canada Winter Games held in Charlottetown.


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 72 exchange agreements with universities in 29 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-size rinks. The new School of Sustainable Design Engineering opened in 2016 and features 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.

READ: The inside scoop on life at UPEI

Standout Programs

Sustainable Design Engineering: Employs a project-based model linked to industry; focuses on developing products, processes, services and solutions in environmental and resource sustainability.

Business Administration: With faculty from both industry and academia, and networking opportunities with local businesses, this program gives students a well-rounded education. Also available: an intensive year-long business case competition class providing practical knowledge and experience.

Math and Computational Sciences: A full slate of programs are on offer, from core majors in math, statistics and computer science to specialized majors, such as computer science with a video game programming specialization.

Cool Courses

Wilderness Experience: Draws on classical and contemporary texts to explore issues such as the relationship between wilderness and civilization.

Canada Readies for the Trump Regime: Examines the impact of the Trump presidency on power rivalry in the 21st century.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 72%
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 72%
$6,907 1st & 2nd year: 36
3rd & 4th year: 18.4
Undergraduates: 3,841
Graduates: 453
444 (300 reserved for first years) Graduation: 66.2%
Retention: 81.6%

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