We build this place together

Making change is a central part of COA’s mission. We put it into practice by involving students, faculty, and staff in governing the college. It’s not necessarily the easiest way to get things done, but there’s no question we all learn a lot in the process.

So many interests, so little time

Knitting, soccer, poetry, foreign affairs, rock-climbing, circus arts, activism, foraging for wild edibles. COA students tend to be really into whatever they’re into. Student activities here are a mix of organized clubs, getting outdoors in Acadia National Park, regular events like concerts, lectures, films, and open mics, and a healthy dose of creative spontaneity.

You’ll forge your own path, but you won’t be alone

COA is a great place for self-directed people: you’ll chart your own course, both in class and out. But it’s impossible to be anonymous in such a small community, and you’ll find plenty of fellow travelers with whom to share the journey.

And did we mention the food?

It’s ridiculously good.


 Stories from our community:

  • NEWS
    Dr. Netta van Vliet Joins COA Faculty
    For new College of the Atlantic anthropology professor Netta van Vliet, Ph.D, wrestling with a good question is often more important and rewarding than finding a firm answer.
  • NEWS
    Sailing Program Connects Students with the Sea
    Utilizing a small fleet of Rhodes 19s, some at College of the Atlantic are gaining new perspectives on the lush natural and cultural heritage of Maine’s Frenchman Bay, while also developing balance within their rigorous academic lives.
  • NEWS
    Maine College Students Shine a Spotlight on Food Service Staff [Farm to Institution]
    “Art of the Dining Hall” profiles the students, regional farmers, faculty, producers, staff, and vendors who contribute to the College of the Atlantic “foodprint” in ways that align with the school’s institutional mission: creating a sustainable food system at COA, writes Sarah Maness ’17.