University of Prince Edward Island

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

UPEI student in class

The only university on Prince Edward Island, UPEI has eight faculties: arts, business, education, graduate studies, nursing, science, sustainable design engineering and veterinary medicine. All first-year students have to choose one of three mandatory courses: writing studies, inquiry studies or university studies.

Having 60 exchange agreements with universities in 28 countries, UPEI’s international exchange program can hold its own with those found at larger schools. In keeping with UPEI’s efforts to internationalize, students hail from 92 countries. The student union pairs Canadian students with International Students through the UPEI International Buddy Program to help them feel at home.

“Our vision at UPEI is to be internationally known as a collaborative institution—offering a safe, inclusive teaching and learning environment—and for creating new and enhancing existing programs that allow our students to develop to their full potential as global citizens,” says president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation, slated to open this fall, will house the UPEI Climate Research Lab and also serve as a living lab, giving students access to nearby wetlands, forests and coastal habitats directly affected by climate change.

At the heart of campus is the historic quadrangle, known for its distinctive red-brick buildings that date back to the 19th century. 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 the sandy splendour of Brackley Beach is just a short distance away.

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Standout Programs
Analytics: This program prepares students for an in-demand field, offering specializations in data analytics and business analytics. A co-op option is included.
• Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture: Connects communication skills, critical thinking and cultural awareness to jobs. Co-op and mentoring are included.
Applied Climate Change and Adaptation: Taking theory-based courses and getting experiential learning, students develop scientific knowledge as well as technical skills.

Cool Courses
• Queer Theory: Introduces students to “queer theory” and assumptions about sexuality, gender and other identity categories.
Canada Apologizes: Studies in Historical Apologies: Students consider the issues associated with historical events for which governments and churches have apologized.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,449
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 78%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,943 ·
Part-time: 403
Graduates: Full-time: 505 · Part-time: 2
International Students: First-year: 35% ·
Graduate: 28%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 376 (444 last year with approx. 150 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,166 to $12,040 · Apartment-style: $6,648

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