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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 six faculties: arts, science, business, education, nursing science and veterinary medicine. 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, international students hail from 70 countries. The student union pairs international students with Canadian 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, a recreation centre with a 25-m pool and two NHL-size rinks. In 2018, Dalton Hall will reopen after extensive renovation, transforming into the Student Experience Hub, with student services and programs combined under one roof. The southeast part of campus borders on the 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.
• Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture: Draws on skills provided by a liberal arts education with a focus on communication, leadership and culture; technical skills, work placements and career mentoring are key components in the program design.
• Math and Computational Sciences: Offers a full slate of programs, from core majors in math, stats and computer sci to specialized majors, such as computer science with a video game programming specialization.

Cool Courses
Putting Arts to Work: Students explore civic engagement and community service learning in this course, which provides an introduction to participatory-action research.
• Understanding Comics and Graphic Novels: Learn techniques specific to graphic novels, including narrative and literary strategies.

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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