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Press Release: Top Schools for Top Students


The Maple League of Universities ranked as the top schools for top students.

October 24, 2022 – Maclean’s 2023 University rankings recognize Maple League universities for extraordinary student leadership as all four - Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier - secure top spots in Canada in the primarily undergraduate category.

The Maple League of Universities proves once again that excellence is achieved through collaboration. All four Maple League universities appeared in the top six spots in the category of primarily undergraduate universities in Canada for 2023.

Also included in the fall issue is a full-page feature highlighting the extraordinary achievement of this year’s Maple League 3M National Student Fellowship recipients. Four of the ten fellowships awarded across Canada went to students attending a Maple League university. The students were recognized for their visionary leadership and impact on higher education and their broader communities.

“This national award recognizes the incredible and heroic work students leaders do, often in grassroots ways, says Dr. Jessica Riddell, Executive Director of the Maple League and a 3M National Teaching Fellow.

The 3M Fellowship values student-citizens who build things for others on their campuses and in their communities in generous and generative ways.

“The submission process requires student leaders to critically reflect on their journeys as learners; this is not an intuitive or easy-to-navigate process, so the Maple League created pathways to make the process more accessible and foster a sense of belonging,” Riddell explains.

In recognizing the 2022 3M winners, the full-page feature highlights an underlying value of this inter-institutional collaboration - diversity is excellence.

Maple League universities offer unparalleled student experiences with relationship-rich spaces that foster mentorship, collaboration, and transformational experiential learning opportunities. And yet, what is more remarkable, is that Maple League students also challenge their institutions to be better: more inclusive, diverse, and student centred. In these transformative relationships, everyone is a learner.

Dr. Peter Ricketts, President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University and Chair of the Maple League Presidents’ Council, states, “Maple League universities strive to build critical thinkers and leaders through the delivery of an extraordinary 21st-century liberal education. Having all four of our universities represented in this year’s 3M winners reinforces that our model of education is more relevant than ever.”

As the only academic consortium in Canada, the Maple League is proud to lead conversations on quality undergraduate education. Each institution is dedicated to graduating highly employable and deeply ethical individuals. The Maple League provides collaborative and innovative opportunities to students, faculty, and staff, which enhances resilience, engagement, and civic engagement.

Dr. Jeff Hennessy, Vice-President Academic and Provost at Mount Allison University and the new Chair of the Maple League Governing Board, says: “The Maple League consortium stands out as innovative in the landscape of higher education in Canada. As post-secondary institutions around the world struggled to move to emergency, remote teaching in March 2020, the universities that placed value on student-centred learning had a unique set of challenges: how do we partner with students on delivering a high-quality 21st-century education? At Mount Allison University, we value inclusive, accessible, and high-quality undergraduate education: the Maple League resonates for our students, faculty and staff because collaboration anchors our fundamental values in practice.”

“As four primarily undergraduate universities with common values and vision for 21st-century liberal education, our institutions are committed to helping students lead while they learn,” says Riddell. “And their accomplishments are simply extraordinary.”

About the Maple League

The Maple League is made up of four universities – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier – who together form an alliance of small, rural, undergraduate liberal education institutions with Francophone heritage and a commitment to truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities. By fostering reciprocal relationships across institutional boundaries, we provide extraordinary opportunities to transform as leaders, scholars, and institutions. The Maple League creates distinctive learning environments that ensure our graduates are capable of navigating an increasingly complex world as citizens and leaders dedicated to the values of a just and civil society. For more information, visit our website:


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For more information please contact:

Dr. Jessica Riddell

Executive Director, The Maple League of Universities

Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Full Professor, Department of English, Bishop's University

3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)

Lauren Boultbee

Strategy & Advancement Lead

The Maple League of Universities

Sherri Turner

Director, University Communications

Acadia University

Sonia Patenaude

Communications Manager

Bishop’s University

Robert Hiscock

Director of Marketing & Communications

Mount Allison University

Kyler Bell

Director of Marketing & Communications

St. FX University

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