The Turrets building, with Kaelber Hall in the background.The Fall Fly-In is a competitive program for prospective COA Presidential Scholars. If we select you for the program, we will cover the cost of your trip to the college and provide meals and housing while you’re here.


  • Class visits
  • Discussion groups with faculty and students
  • Field trips on Mount Desert Island
  • Meals in COA’s dining hall, including a special Saturday brunch with faculty, staff, and students
  • Dinner with COA’s president, alumni, and students
  • Campus tour and admission interview
  • Open mic


Program dates: Check back soon for next year’s dates!
Eligibility: For high school seniors attending school in the U.S.
Application deadline: Check back soon for next year’s deadline!
Application decision: applicants have been informed
Application requirements: Application form, high school transcript, responses to two application questions (see application form)
Questions? Please call 800-528-0025 or email

If you are not chosen to participate, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t a strong candidate for COA. Because the Fall Fly-In is a highly selective program, each year there are many students who are not selected but still attend COA and become integral members of the community. All students admitted to COA are eligible to receive both merit-based and need-based financial aid; all applicants to COA are considered for a Presidential Scholarship, regardless of whether they have participated in the Fall Fly-In.