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
    Rising Seas | New England Climate Change (Yankee Magazine)
    In the morning fog the captain moors his boat, Osprey. We can’t see Great Duck Island, which is only 250 feet away. The 46-foot boat, which belongs to College of the Atlantic, is bringing professor John Anderson and four students back to the island this morning, 16 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to continue their bird research.
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    “The Wolves” are Ready to Howl

    Playwright Sarah DeLappe’s exhilarating take on adolescence and isolation takes the stage at College of the Atlantic, following a nine-week intensive effort by students in Performing Arts Chair Jodi Baker’s Special Topics in Production course.

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    Conservation, Community, and Tradition: Mapping Ocean Stories
    Elements of oral history, ocean policy, and Geographic Information Systems are all part of the mix for College of the Atlantic students as they investigate the ties between coastal fishing families and the ocean ecosystems they depend on.