University of Prince Edward Island
Université de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Former names
Prince of Wales College (1860); Saint Dunstan's University (1855)
MottoFides, Scientia, Beneficium
Motto in English
Faith, Knowledge, Service
Established1969; 55 years ago (1969)
Endowment$40 million (2019)
ChancellorHon. Catherine Callbeck
PresidentGregory Keefe
Academic staff
246 permanent and 28 term faculty
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 4P3

46°15′32″N 63°08′17″W / 46.259°N 63.138°W / 46.259; -63.138
CampusMixed rural/urban
Colours    Rust, green, and gold[2]
NicknameUPEI Panthers
Sporting affiliations
MascotPride the Panther

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is a public university in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the only university in the province. Founded in 1969, the enabling legislation is the University Act, R.S.P.E.I 2000.[3]


The university traces its roots back to 1804, when Lt. Governor Edmund Fanning and the Legislative Council of Prince Edward Island called for the establishment of Kent College. By 1820, the first Kent College building, known as "the National School", or James Breading's School was erected. Later succeeded by Central Academy, which received a Royal Charter in 1834.

The Colleges were renamed for the Prince of Wales in honour of the future King Edward VII in 1860.[4] The University of Prince Edward Island also traces its roots back to its two earlier predecessor organizations, St. Dunstan's University and Prince of Wales College, founded in 1855 and 1860 respectively.[5] The two institutions were merged in 1969 by the government of Alex Campbell as part of a campaign to integrate the Island's Roman Catholic and Protestant communities, which had previously maintained the two separate institutions of higher learning. Holland College was later created to fill the void left by the merger of Prince of Wales College into the university. The University of Prince Edward Island is a non-denominational university established in 1969 by the amalgamation of Prince of Wales College (PWC) founded in 1834, and St. Dunstan's University (SDU) founded in 1855.[5] The first student to enrol was Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, who would later become president.[6] Its predecessor institutions ceased to operate although St. Dunstan's still retains its charter and the lands that were home to Prince of Wales became the campus for Holland College. UPEI is located on the former St. Dunstan's campus.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UPEI received a $500,000 grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada's Immunization Partnership Fund to develop and implement the Island Vaccine Education Program, intended to increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among vulnerable families.[7]


On 8 May 2004 Canada Post issued 'University of Prince Edward Island, 1804-2004' as part of the Canadian Universities series. The stamp was based on a design by Denis L'Allier and on a photograph by Guy Lavigueur. The 49¢ stamps are perforated 13.5 and were printed by Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.[4]


An aerial view of the UPEI campus in 2008

UPEI's campus, located at the corner of Belvedere and University Avenues in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island's capital city, is built on 134 acres (54 hectares) of land. The Confederation Trail runs alongside its eastern boundary.

Original SDU buildings in the central quadrangle have been renovated to retain integrity of their exterior aesthetic design while meeting modern standards. Main Building, built in 1854, and Dalton Hall, built between 1917 and 1919, are on the registry of Historic Places of Canada.[8][9]

The War Memorial Hall (more generally known as Memorial Hall) is a landmark building on the campus of UPEI. Built as a men's residence building in 1946, Memorial Hall honours alumni who had enlisted and died in the First World War, and in the Second World War.[10]

Over the past three decades, UPEI has experienced significant growth with many new buildings integrated into the campus, including 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), Bill and Denise Andrew Hall residence facility (2006), expansions to the Atlantic Veterinary College (2007 and 2009), Regis and Joan Duffy Research Centre (2007), a research and development laboratory which is home to the National Research Council of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and other partners, and Don and Marion McDougall Hall (2008). The most recent addition is the Health Sciences Building, home to the School of Nursing and Applied Human Sciences programs.[11]

In October 2004, the UPEI administration undertook an official campus plan to improve the aesthetics of modern buildings constructed since the amalgamation which do not enhance the original SDU design, and to take overall campus aesthetics into account for future developments on and adjacent to the campus.


The current President is Dr. Gregory Keefe, who was installed December 13, 2021. The current chancellor is Catherine Callbeck, who was installed on September 29, 2018.[12]


UPEI's seven faculties (arts, business, education, nursing, science, sustainable design engineering and veterinary medicine) and two schools (Mathematical & Computational Sciences and Climate Change & Adaptation) offer a wide range of programs and degrees to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Co-op programs have been established in Business Administration, Computer Science, Physics, and Dietetics. The University is presently developing a Faculty of Medicine, in association with the Memorial University of Newfoundland.[13]

Master's and Doctoral degree programs were first introduced through the Atlantic Veterinary College and, beginning in 1999, a Master of Science degree was offered through the Faculty of Science. In that same year the first students were admitted to the university's new Master of Education program. As of 2010, in addition to the MEd graduate program, the Faculty of Education offered a PhD in Educational Studies. The university also now offers a Master of Arts in Island Studies. Recently the Faculty of Business Administration began offering an Executive Master of Business Administration degree. Since 1998, The Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies has been offering courses leading to a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies. The Master of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) program is coordinated by the Atlantic Research Training Centre (ARTC).

The Faculty of Education offers one-year (12 months) post-degree bachelor's degrees with specializations in international, adult, and indigenous education, French immersion and human resources development, a Master of Education (MEd) in leadership in learning, and a PhD in Educational Studies.

The Department of Applied Human Sciences has an accredited dietitian program. The university is accredited by a professional organization such as the Dietitians of Canada and the university's graduates may subsequently become registered dieticians.

The Faculty Development Office provides professional development courses applicable to many sectors and industries, including development programs for administrative assistants and new managers; collaboration, conflict, and communication training; and, financial management courses.[14]


University rankings
Global rankings
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Undergrad[15]8
Maclean's Reputation[16]37

In Maclean's 2023 Guide to Canadian Universities, UPEI was ranked eighth in the publication's category for "primarily undergraduate" Canadian universities.[15]


UPEI manages over $17 million in annual research expenditures.[17] The on-campus biosciences and health research facility is used by researchers from UPEI, National Research Council (Canada), and Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada.[11]

UPEI houses the L.M. Montgomery Institute, founded in 1993, which promotes scholarly inquiry into the life, works, culture, and influence of the Canadian writer, L.M. Montgomery. The collection consists of novels, manuscripts, texts, letters, photographs, sound recordings and other Montgomery artifacts and ephemera.[18]

UPEI joined with Dalhousie University and Memorial University of Newfoundland to form the Ocean Frontier Institute , a collaborative research initiative aimed at harnessing the vast potential of the world's oceans.

Student life


Main article: UPEI Panthers

The UPEI Panthers have nine teams playing in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), including men's and women's ice hockey, soccer, basketball, as well as women's field hockey and rugby union and co-ed swimming.

The UPEI campus provides its students with many athletics amenities typically found on university campuses. The CARI Complex is a public recreation facility located on the campus and includes two hockey rinks (the MacLauchlan Arena as well as a practice rink) as well as two 25-metre swimming pools (a shallow recreational wading pool, and an eight-lane competitive pool with diving boards).[19][20] In 2009 UPEI inaugurated the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place[21] which was built in part to host the 2009 Canada Games. It consists of a "class 2" eight-lane 400-metre running track and rugby field that has spectator seating for 1,335.


UPEI accommodates 434 students in three residences, Bill and Denise Andrew Hall, Blanchard Hall, and Bernardine Hall. Bill and Denise Andrew Hall has two-room suites with single bedrooms.[22] In Blanchard Hall, each suite has two single bedrooms with a kitchenette and a living room.[23] Bernardine Hall (known as "Bernie" to the students) offers suites with two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Although the hall is co-ed, one floor is female-only.[24]

UPEI/SDU/PWC notable people

List of presidents

In 2015 each of the first five presidents were recognized as Founders of the University.[25]

Being a long-standing university and college in the Maritime province of Prince Edward Island (called the Cradle of Confederation) UPEI/SDU/PWC have been in a position to provide education to a long list of people who have gone to notable achievements. The most well known graduate (of Prince of Wales College) is Lucy Maude Montgomery, author of "Anne of Green Gables" and other books. The most distinguished Saint Dunstan's graduate may be James Charles McGuigan, Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.




Prince Edward Island Lieutenant Governor (Viceregal)

Prince Edward Island Premier

Prince Edward Island Members Legislative Assembly

Canada national government

Provincial/local governments of Canada

Arts and letters



Prince Edward Island law/legal

Other Canada law/legal

U.S. government

Prince Edward Island local government



Honorary degrees

Following is a partial list of Past Honorary Degree Recipients from UPEI:[27]

Notable UPEI faculty and administration

See also


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  2. ^ "Visual identity and graphic standards guidelines". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "University Act, R.S.P.E.I 2000" (PDF). Province of Prince Edward Island. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 10, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "University of Prince Edward Island, 1804-2004". Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "University of Prince Edward Island". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ "UPEI honours Dr. Elizabeth 'Betsy' Epperly through plaza dedication". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  7. ^ Public Health Agency of Canada (2022-10-12). "Immunization Partnership Fund". Government of Canada. Archived from the original on 2022-11-04. Retrieved 2022-11-04.
  8. ^ "Main Building - University of Prince Edward Island". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Dalton Hall - University of Prince Edward Island". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Memorial Hall". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "UPEI". Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  12. ^ "Chancellor". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Chang, Arturo (8 October 2021). "UPEI creating medical school 'co-degree' in partnership with Memorial University". CBC News. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Faculty Development Office". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Canada's best Primarily Undergraduate universities: Rankings 2023". Maclean's. Rogers Media. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Canada's best universities by reputation: Rankings 2023". Maclean's. Rogers Media. 7 October 2022. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Research - About Us". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Welcome to the L. M. Montgomery Institute". University of PEI. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Aquatics Facility Description". Capital Area Recreation Inc. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  20. ^ "Hosting History" (PDF). Capital Area Recreation Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  21. ^ "UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place". University of Prince Edward Island. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  22. ^ "Bill and Denise Andrew Hall". University of PEI - Residence Services. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  23. ^ "Blanchard Hall". University of PEI - Residence Services. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  24. ^ "Bernardine Hall". University of PEI - Residence Services. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  25. ^ Phillips, Nicole. "UPEI honours all past-presidents as Founders of the University". University of Prince Edward Island. Marketing and Communications.
  26. ^ "Morrison, Dr. Heather G." Government of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  27. ^ "Past Honorary Degree Recipients". University of PEI. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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