Mature Students

Mature students add to the fabric of the university through their career and life experiences, and UPEI offers programs and academic support for adults who either want to earn their first degree, finish an uncompleted degree, or add to an existing college diploma, while maintaining their careers.

Employers realize employees who have higher education are more likely to generate new knowledge and to innovate, and post-secondary degrees are very often required to obtain employment. By continuing to learn, people in the workforce increase their employability, confidence, and career satisfaction.

An applicant may be considered a mature applicant if they fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  • Be out of secondary school for at least three years.
  • Are at least 21 years of age on or before the first day of classes.
  • Have fewer than 12 semester hours of eligible transfer credit.
  • Do not present the 5 high school courses used for admission or do not meet the minimum admission average in the 5 high school courses used for admission.
  • Are seeking admission to an eligible undergraduate program (only those that allow direct entry from high school).

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Mature Applicants must submit transcripts from any post-secondary studies completed and must satisfy any other general admission criteria that may apply, including English Language Proficiency.