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Life After COA

Life After COA

Graduation 2009Wonder what our students do after graduation? The answer: As many things as you can imagine.

COA's emphasis on field research, independent study, interdisciplinary thinking and job internships serves our students well. Our graduates include leaders and decision-makers in many different fields. Among them: the former president of Common Cause, senior conservation specialists at the World Wildlife Fund and the co-founder and president of Newman's Own Organics. Other COA graduates have become marine biologists, composers, restauranteurs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, organic farmers, artists, writers, social workers, doctors, veterinarians, molecular geneticists and public policy experts.

Maine Senator Chellie PingreeWhat do they have in common? They care about the world, think critically and understand the deep and abiding connections between ideas, people and the multiple worlds in which we engage. Their experiences at COA often encourage students to create their own niche in the world, whether as an entrepreneur, educator, artist or physician. They know they will live in tomorrow's world, not yesterday's, and they want to help shape the world in which they will live.



  • 30% of COA graduates pursue careers in hard science, such as environmental engineering, conservation biology, or health care.
  • 37% go into education or public service.
  • 20% work in art-related careers.
  • A sampling of where COA graduates have pursued advanced degrees:
    Antioch University, New England; Boston College; Columbia University; Cornell University; Harvard University; Johns Hopkins University; London School of Economics; Middlebury College; New York University; Rochester Institute of Technology; Tufts University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Maine; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Rhode Island; Vermont Law School; Yale University

Alumni Spotlight

"Looking back, it seemed like COA was more like a graduate school for undergraduates."

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Alumni Spotlight

"COA was my gateway to the world of marine biology and conservation."

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Alumni Spotlight

"After attending graduate school, I realized that my education at COA was much like graduate school: few exams, much hands-on work, and very high expectations."

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