An extraordinary approach to Undergraduate Education
The Maple League universities strive to build critical thinkers and leaders through the delivery of an extraordinary 21st-century liberal education.
Collaboration is at the heart of all of our endeavours
Our four institutions — Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier universities — share a common vision, mission, and values.
We are all committed to outstanding teaching, exceptional hands-on research experiences, collaborating closely with students, and creating unique opportunities to contribute to communities at home and around the world.
In our shared efforts, we are guided by two fundamental questions:
??What can we do together that we cannot do on our own?
How does working together enhance what we already do on our individual campuses?
These questions demand we re-wire our mindsets around higher education in order to think carefully and critically about who we are and what we do in new and innovative ways; it calls upon us to be creative and bold in designing signature initiatives, and it asks us to be open to radical disruption and upend structural and systemic barriers in order to equip our graduates with the skills and competencies necessary to thrive.
The national trend to massify undergraduate education ― where students are treated as consumers or as data points on a spreadsheet ― is alarming. In contrast, our Maple League universities individualize undergraduate education ― where students are treated as producers and collaborators in their own learning journeys ― with a holistic approach to learning within the classroom and beyond.
Why a Maple League education?
Small communities mean big families.
Community is more than just a group of people. It's the relationships they build with each other, and it's at the core of the Maple League experience.
Our students come from all over the world to study together, to live together, and to celebrate each other’s victories, ideas and differences together.
Whether you’re on campus or in one of the small towns our campuses call home, you’ll always feel like you’re with family ― because you are.
With no crowd, everyone stands out.
We are small by design: from our local communities to our campuses, right down our classes themselves, our schools are a testament that sometimes the smaller choice can offer so much more.
With fewer than 30 students per class on average, you’ll have the opportunity to build one-on-one relationships with professors. They will truly become mentors who don’t just teach but inspire. With their personal guidance, you’ll think deeper, bigger, higher.
A picture-perfect education.
You’ll be astounded by how the beauty of our universities can enrich your experience. The historic brick buildings, charming town streets, and walls of lush ivy call to mind the quintessential college campuses you thought only existed in the movies.
From the moment you step onto campus, you’ll have every chance to participate in your community with activities and volunteer opportunities available on campus and around town.
Before long, you’ll realize you’re not just at school ― you’re at home.
We get you ready for what's next.
The time you spend with us will be unforgettable. University isn’t just about your experiences in our classes, on our campuses, and in our communities, it’s about using that incredible undergraduate experience to better prepare you for what’s next.
Whether it’s a career, graduate school, or something else entirely, the small classes, campuses, and communities of the Maple League will get you ready for the big things ahead because we know, wherever you’re headed, it’s going to be far from ordinary.
Maple League land acknowledgement
The Maple League of Universities are built on lands of Indigenous peoples, the Abenaki (members of the Wabanaki Confederacy) at Bishop’s, and the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) at Acadia, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier universities. They are the traditional stewards and protectors of the territories. In our institutions we value indigenous ways of knowing and honour the hard work ahead on truth, reconciliation, and justice with Indigenous peoples.
Maple League Francophone heritage
Our four universities are located in regions with rich Francophone heritage (Acadian and Québécois), and we value the cultural and linguistic contexts of the areas in which we live and study. Students of the Maple League are afforded a unique opportunity to pursue their university education in a predominantly English-speaking environment while learning about and immersing themselves in Francophone culture, language, and traditions.