University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)
The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is a leading Canadian university located in Charlottetown. UPEI offers students a great selection of programs and courses through four faculties (Arts, Education, Science, and Veterinary Medicine) as well as a business school and nursing school. It also has an expanding list of graduate programs.
UPEI offers a teaching and learning environment for students and faculty in which academic enrichment and student success are priorities. With attention to in-classroom and out-of classroom teaching and learning, students and faculty explore meaningful relationships and various ways of understanding subject matter's meaning and purpose. At UPEI, students are able to foster their working relationships and friendships with other students and faculty members in their learning community.
Many new buildings have been added to the UPEI campus in recent years, offering the perfect blend of traditional and modern, with both original brick buildings and new athletics, business, and nursing facilities, a new residence building, and a new student union building. Students enjoy this combination of traditional and modern infrastructure.
UPEI's reasonable tuition fees and PEI's low cost of living makes post-secondary study in PEI very cost effective.
UPEI has exchange agreements with a number of universities outside of Canada.
Every year, Maclean's, a national weekly current affairs magazine, publishes a ranking of Canadian universities based on a variety of factors such as class size, research funding, and student and faculty awards. In 2011, UPEI tied for fourth place in the primarily undergraduate category.
Quick Facts about UPEI
(from Maclean's 2011 and UPEI University Update 2010/2011)
- 63 countries are represented by students
- 4,600 students enrolled in 2010 (a 40.7% increase since 1999)
- Average class size is 36.3 for first and second-year classes and 19.7 for third and fourth-year classes
- 13% of students are international (compared to 15.1% at the metropollitan University of Toronto)
- International enrollment at UPEI has increased by 339% since 2000.
- Since 2009, research income has grown over 400%
- UPEI campus is also home to the National Research Council of Canada and the Atlantic Veterinary College. The campus is also in close proximity to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and BIO|FOOD|TECH.