University of Prince Edward Island

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

University of Prince Edward Island students on the basketball court

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. Since then, a state-of-the-art, arena-pool-fitness centre complex; an artificial turf multi-sport field; and a world-class 400m track and field complex (UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place) have been built adjacent to the sports centre, making it one of the top training and event sport facilities in the country.

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.

With 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, international students hail from 93 countries. The student union pairs international students with Canadian students to help them feel at home.

Our vision at UPEI is to be internationally known as a collaborative institution and for both 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. In 2019, funding was announced for the new $18.5-million Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation, which will house research centres and 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, which date back to the 19th century. Surrounding modern structures include a recreation centre with a 25-m pool and two NHL-sized rinks. The southeast 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 in the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences prepares students for an in-demand field, offering specializations in data analytics and business analytics; it includes a co-op option.
Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture: The program connects communication skills, critical thinking and cultural awareness to jobs, and includes co-op and mentoring.
Applied Climate Change and Adaptation: With a mix of theory-based courses and experiential learning, students develop scientific knowledge as well as technical skills.

Cool Courses
Climate Change and Human Health: Explores the influence of climate change on health and food security; examines First Nations approaches to community well-being.
Crime and Detective Literature: Explores the perception of crime and social justice across a range of genres and time periods.

$7,337 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 77%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,732 ·
Part-time: 373
Graduates: Full-time: 465 · Part-time: 3
International Students: First-year: 34% ·
Graduate: 28%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 444 (approx. 150 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,532 to $11,426 · Single room with meals: $10,912 to $11,766 · Apartment-style: $6,518

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