Edwardes College was the first university college in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan. It was founded in 1900, initially as a high school in Peshawar. The Church Mission College was established by Church Missionary society in 1990. Before that Edwardes High School had been established in 1855.
It was the first school that provided western style teaching in the North West Frontier Province of the British Raj. The college adopted its name from Sir Herbert Edwardes who was a British colonial administrator.
The institute built its first major college building in 1910 and the mughal style architecture has been imitated in the rest of the campus buildings. The college boasts of three visits from Quaid-i-Azam and Mahatma Gandhi.
During the initial years, degrees were awarded through the University of Punjab but this changed in 1952 when Edwardes College made arrangements of awards being given through University of Peshawar.
In the diverse range of programs and subjects being offered at the college, enrollment now stands at more than 2000 students. Science, arts, humanities business administration and computer science are offered in the college’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Higher National Diploma (H.N.D.) program in business and information technology offers the option of a third year in an institution in the U.K., U.S.A. or Australia.
Initially Edwardes was a men’s college but now it is a co-educational institute with about 200 female students and 15 female faculty members. The extra curricular activities are also a vital part of the experience of students at Edwardes.
Prominent alumni include Ahmed Faraz, Prithviraj Kapoor, Fasi Zaka, Kabir Khan and many others.