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
    Owning Maine’s Future: Fostering a Cooperative Economy
    With traditional economic fixes bringing only limited success, cooperative business ownership could help revitalize the state, College of the Atlantic economics professor Davis Taylor and Cooperative Development Institute member Rob Brown argue in Maine Policy Review.
  • NEWS
    Top 10 Colleges for International Students
    College of the Atlantic makes the list for a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, clubs that make space for students from many locations and walks of life, and events that let students show off their culture to the rest of campus.
  • NEWS
    COA and UMaine Team up to Help Maple and Honey Producers (FOX ABC Maine)
    College of the Atlantic Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems Dr. Kourtney Collum explains some of the finer points of COA’s new, $500,000 collaborative grant program, “Finding the Sweet Spot.”