COA’s emphasis on field research, independent study, interdisciplinary thinking, and internships helps our graduates to become leaders and decision-makers wherever they go. Within one year of graduation, 22% of COA alumni have gone on to graduate school and 65% are working at a job in their field. Our graduates are marine biologists, composers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, organic farmers, artists, writers, social workers, doctors, veterinarians, molecular geneticists, professors, and public policy experts, among so many other things.

Graduate school

55% of graduates go on to advanced study at the Masters or Doctoral level. The most common universities where COA graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees between 2010 and 2015 include: American University, Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of California system, University of Copenhagen, and Yale University.

Alumni careers

22% Natural Science
17% Arts and Design
17% Education
16% Administration, Business, and Computer Technology
14% Social Services, Government, and Law
10% Health
4% Other

Alumni in the news

  • NEWS
    Convocation, Ocean Swim Help Welcome New Class

    A total of 100 new students, hailing from 18 countries and 22 states, will be welcomed to the COA community during the annual convocation ceremony. Scores of students, staff, faculty and alumni will swim from the Bar Island sandbar to the COA pier in the morning, continuing a much-loved, yearly tradition.

  • NEWS
    Ground—A Reprise of Photographs from the Farm Security Administration
    A collection of works from famous Great Depression photographers that were rejected by the Farm Security Administration and concealed within the Library of Congress for decades are illuminated in a new book by Bill McDowell ’80.
  • NEWS
    The Human Ecology of Fatherhood
    Fatherhood is challenging. It requires the intuition of a teacher, the skills of a dog trainer, and an open mind because this other person is in the active process of becoming, and who or what that means is unknowable.
  • NEWS
    What Whales Do at Night (Scientific American)
    Scott Kraus ’77, who has been studying right whales for more than 30 years, uses new night vision technologies to observe them, and has made new breakthrough discoveries about their nightly feeding patterns.