University of Prince Edward Island

The University of Prince Edward Island was found in the year 1969. The UPEI is a public university located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is the only university in the province. 

The University of Prince Edward Island has a history of over two centuries. Back in 1804, Lt. Governor Edmund Fanning, with the Legislative Council of Prince Edward Island established the Kent College. The college was later renamed in honor of Kind Edward II in 1860.  

Two institutions, St precede the UPEI. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College, established in 1855 and 1860, respectively. In the year 1969, both the institutions were fused to form a single institution that we know today by the name University of Prince Edward Island. 

Over some time, to cover more courses in academics, new faculties were added. Veterinary Medicine faculty and the Nursing school are few of the added faculties. The former St. Dunstan’s Campus is the place where UPEI is located.


The university campus stretches over 134-acres of land, in Charlottetown, the capital city of Prince Edward Island. 

The Dalton Hall, built between 1917 and 1919, and the Main building, which was built in 1854, are registered in the Historic Places of Canada.

To honor the alumni who died in the two World Wars, the War Memorial Hall was built as a men’s residence in 1946.  

Many new buildings have been built on the campus in the last 30 years. Few of them are –

  • Central Utility Building (1973)
  • Duffy Science Centre (1967)
  • Blanchard Hall (1973)
  • Bernardine Hall (1968)
  • Robertson Library (1975)
  • Atlantic Veterinary College (1986)
  • Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre (1990)
  • Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall (1990)
  • Food Technology Centre, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre (1997)
  • W.A. Murphy Student Centre (2002)
  • MacLauchlan Arena (2004)


The University of Edward Island has seven faculties and a school, namely – 

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Science
  • sustainable design engineering
  • veterinary medicine
  • mathematical and computational sciences (School)

These faculties and schools provide a wide variety of educational courses and degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Business Administration, Computer Science, Physics, and Dietetics are also a few programs that have been established. 

Courses offered 

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Applied Health Services Research
  • Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc. N)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering
  • Master of Veterinary Science
  • Master of Veterinary Science
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism

Minimum Requirements of Admission 

  • Cutoff GPA – 3.00
  • Cutoff score in IELTS – 7.00
  • Cutoff score in GMAT – 570
  • Cutoff score in TOEFL – 100
  • GRE Qualified
  • Cutoff score in PTE – 66


There are several notable identities in the society that had been nurtured by the University of Prince Edward Island in their student-life at some point. With more than 26,000 alumni spread in 50 different nations, the university has produced many gems that continue to shine in their respective fields. The UPEI has established ten alumni chapters in different places of the world.

Few of the notable Alumni are –

  • Michael Dennis Duffy – Canadian Senator
  • Tyler Shaw – Singer
  • Philip Brown – Politician, Mayor of Charlottetown
  • Joel Ward – Former Canadian Ice Hockey player
  • Erin Carmody – Canadian Curler
  • Gordon Pinsent – Actor, screenwriter, director, and many more.

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