The University has grown over the years, and recent changes in the campus include the construction of W.A. Murphy Student Centre, H.W. Mac Lauchlan Arena and Aquatics Centre, New Residence, and the expansion of the National Research Council of Canada. In 2004, they have undertaken a renovation program of improving the aesthetics structure of their modern buildings. For students who plan to live inside the campus, the university has four major residences: UPEI Residence, Andrew Hall, Bernardine Hall, and Blanchard Hall. They can house an estimated 420 students, with options of choosing single or shared units in a one-, two- or three- bedroom suite. They can also choose a two-bedroom apartment style building.
The University of PEI offers many services to their students. Food service is provided at Chartwell, or for residents of the campus, they can opt for a Campus Dining Plan Option. Those who need to find the best academic program for them can go to the Academic Advisement to help them make the best decision for their future. Counselling services and Student Health Centres are also available for everyone. Those who need some financial assistance, can go to UPEI's Financial Aid Office, while students who are in need of employment can seek the help of the Career Development Centre.
There are many clubs and activities that the university offers. It has very good gym equipments and fitness activities at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre. Students here can also consult professionals about their level of fitness and customized exercise regimen to target their fitness goals. They can also join the recreational activities at the Sports Centre. The CARI Aquatics Facility and the MacLauchlan Arena has two swimming pools and ice skating rinks. Intercollegiate teams are also represented here, with "The Panthers" playing as student-athletes and competing in men and women's hockey basketball, volleyball, soccer, rugby, field hockey and rugby.
The university offers students these programs: Arts (Sociology & Anthropology), Religious Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Political Studies, Philosophy, Music, Modern Languages, Journalism, Island Studies, International Development Studies, Integrated Studies, History, Fine Arts, Environmental Studies, English, Economics, Classics, Canadian Studies, Asian Studies; Business (Business Administration), Education (Education), Nursing (Nursing), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science & Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Family & Nutritional Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Radiography); Veterinary Medicine (Pathology and Microbiology, Health Management, Companion Animals, and Biomedical Science).
The university is ranked number 8 on the 21 primary undergraduate schools in the country. The 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement ranked it Canada's TOP university for student-faculty interaction. Research Inforsource also ranked it number one in research publication effectiveness.
Charlottetown is a Canadian city and the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetowns economy is dominated by the public sector. The provincial, federal, and municipal levels of government are significant employers in the central part of Queens County, as well as healthcare and secondary and post-secondary education. Technology companies have also been increasing their share of the city's workforce in the past decade, however the actual numbers are quite small once call-centres are excluded. Other significant economic activities include light manufacturing, such as chemicals, bio-technology, and machining.
The city's streetscape with a centrally-planned downtown core containing many Victorian-era houses and buildings is an attraction, as well as the waterfront redevelopment project in recent decades which has seen walking trails and parks developed on former industrial lands.
Popular attractions within the city include the provincial legislature at Province House, which hosted the Charlottetown Conference, as well as Founders Hall, a recently redeveloped railway maintenance building which now houses an interactive trip through history tracing the development of Canada as a nation.