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University of Prince Edward Island

Overview of University of Prince Edward Island

Located in Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation and the capital city of Prince Edward
Island, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has a rich history with roots in two founding
institutions, Prince of Wales College (est. 1834) and Saint Dunstan’s University (est. 1855). Formed in
1969 as the provincial university, UPEI honours its proud legacy through academic excellence and
research innovation. In 2019, the University is celebrating 50 years of outstanding leadership and
achievement in education and research with a full year of commemorative events and activities.
UPEI offers a wide range of programs and degrees to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
students. Home to Canada Research Chairs, a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic
Epidemiology, a UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, endowed or sponsored research
chairs, and 3M National Teaching Fellows, UPEI offers its students access to exceptional faculty,
researchers, and staff. Students come from all walks of life and from local, regional, national, and
international locations to study and learn at UPEI. In the fall of 2018, international students from 80
countries comprised almost 26 per cent of the University’s total enrolment.
In addition to welcoming students to its home campus, UPEI extends its reach beyond the province’s
shores, with approximately 70 post-secondary exchange agreements in 27 countries. Students have
the opportunity to experience other cultures while studying abroad and earning credits toward their
UPEI degree. The University is also offering post-secondary students in Asia, Africa, and Europe the
opportunity to earn certain UPEI degrees based on its curriculum and rigorous educational


The UPEI campus, situated at the corners of Belvedere and the University Avenues in Charlottetown, the state of Prince Edward Island, is built on 134 acres (54 hectares) of land. The Confederation Trail runs along its eastern border.

  • John Angus Weir – 4th President of Wilfrid Laurier University
  • William Christopher Macdonald – 4th Chancellor of McGill University; founder MacDonald & Brothers tobacco company
  • Elizabeth Rollins Epperly – Victorian Scholar, Author.
Fun Facts
  • Prince Edward Island is the largest territory of Canada, both in terms of population and land size. The main island with about 146,000 residents called "islanders" is 2,170 square miles.
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