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

(Courtesy of UPEI)

(Courtesy of UPEI)

The only university on Prince Edward Island, UPEI has nine faculties, including veterinary medicine, business, nursing and the new faculty of Indigenous knowledge, education, research and applied studies. All first-year students have to choose one of three mandatory courses: writing studies, inquiry studies or university studies. Having 63 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 efforts to internationalize, students hail from 98 countries. The student union pairs Canadian students with international students through the UPEI international buddy program to help them feel at home.

“We are passionate about providing our students—the global leaders of the future—with top-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment, as well as contributing to the betterment of society through innovation and collaboration,” says interim president Greg Keefe. The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation opened last year, housing the Climate Research Lab and serving as a living lab, giving students access to nearby wetlands, forests and coastal habitats affected by climate change. At the heart of campus is the historic quadrangle, known for its distinctive red-brick buildings. Surrounding modern structures include a recreation centre with a 25-m pool and two NHL-sized rinks. The southeastern part of campus borders on the farmers’ market, and Brackley Beach is just a short distance away.

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Standout Programs
Data Science: Learn how to find, interpret and present meaningful patterns in data. Specializations are offered in data analytics or business analytics.
• Diversity and Social Justice Studies: Explore theories about identity categories—such as gender and race—and their relationship to power, as well as the construction and impact of social differences.
• Applied Climate Change and Adaptation: Students develop scientific knowledge and technical skills in classes and labs, using highly advanced technology such as virtual reality simulations.

Cool Courses
• Understanding Comics: Explore narrative and literary strategies, as well as techniques specific to the graphic novel.
• Introduction to Indigenous Education: Drawing on community-based learning as well as classes, students gain an understanding of Indigenous world views.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 71% · Engineering: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 4,124 · Part-time: 448
Graduates: Full-time: 481
International Students: First-year: 22% · Graduate: 24%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 376 (approx. 150 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,524 to $12,424 · Apartment-style: $6,848

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