- Courses for K-12 Teachers
- Family Nature Camp
- Conferences and Events
- Summer Field Institute for High School Students
- Summer Field Studies for Children
- Summer Classes
College of the Atlantic is located in Bar Harbor on beautiful Mount Desert Island, Maine. The college's 35 waterfront acres overlook the ocean and are adjacent to Acadia National Park. The village of Bar Harbor is within walking distance of the campus and offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and night spots, as well as art shows, evening concerts, and numerous other summer activities.
Participants share rooms in the residence halls. A limited number of single rooms are available at an additional cost on a first requested, first provided basis. Students enrolled in a two-week course have full use of the residence halls over the weekend. Residence halls have small common rooms and kitchens with full-size appliances. Rooms are equipped with twin beds, mattress pads, pillows, and blankets. Participants must bring their own bed linens and towels. All bathrooms are co-ed and are shared by up to six people.
COA's award-winning dining hall provides three meals a day from Sunday evening through Friday evening. Meals are served cafeteria style, and box lunches are provided for class field trips upon instructor's request. An optional lobster dinner will be available for one of the evening meals. for an additional $15. Please provide advanced notice regarding food allergies and vegan or vegetarian preferences. Participants enrolled in a two-week course are responsible for their own weekend meals (except for Sunday dinner). A special lunch-only meal plan is available to commuters for $65 per person/week.
The course syllabus contains information about acquisition of books or other study materials. Students may spend between $50 and $100 for books and supplies. Unless otherwise noted, you are responsible for purchasing your textbooks prior to arrival.
Friends and relatives may leave messages with the COA receptionist (207-288-5015) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. After hours, the residence halls are equipped with phones in common areas.
Address mail to: c/o Summer Programs, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
There are coin washers and dryers in the on-campus residence halls. Please remember to bring change, as there are no coin machines. There are also laundromats in the village of Bar Harbor.
The Island Explorer, a free shuttle bus with multiple routes linking Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers, has a regular stop on campus. Buses are equipped with bike racks and run continuously throughout the day and evening providing access to the Bar Harbor Airport, as well as to the island's hiking trails, carriage roads, and beaches.
By car: From Boston, Interstate 95 north to Interstate 395 in Bangor; then follow Route 1A to Ellsworth where 1A meets Route 3; continue on Route 3 approximately 19 miles to Bar Harbor. COA is located on the ocean-side (left) of Route 3. You will pass the main entrance before coming to the south entrance. This is a five to six hour drive from Boston.
By plane: Regularly scheduled
flights are available to Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, about 12 miles
from campus, and to Bangor International Airport in Bangor, about 55
miles from campus. Taxi and shuttle service are available from Bangor. Rental cars
are available at both airports.
More detailed directions are available here.
Arrival and Check-In
Please arrive and register on
Sunday between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. Enter campus through the South
Entrance and follow registration signs to the Deering Common Community Center.
Orientation begins promptly at 5:15 pm, followed by dinner. Commuting
students unable to register on Sunday should contact the Summer Programs
Office. Download a parking map (PDF, 1.2M) or a full campus map.
Courses end on Friday afternoon. Participants must vacate their rooms by 9:00 am on Saturday morning.
- Pets are not permitted on the COA campus or in COA housing.
- Smoking is prohibited by law in all campus buildings including dorms, classrooms, meeting rooms, labs, etc. Smoking is permitted in designated outside areas only.
- U.S. law requires all persons over the age of 18 to show a photo ID in order to board a commercial whale watch vessel.
Summer 2013 Courses
For a complete listing of our 2013 summer course offerings, please click here.
Click here for secure online course registration. Payment may be made via check, credit card, or purchase order.
Bring Your Family!
While you're in class your family members can enjoy exploring Acadia National Park with our expert naturalist guides!
COA's popular Family Nature Camp has week-long sessions between July 1 – August 4.
Our Summer Field Studies day camp for children offers one- and two-week sessions for children in grades 1–9.
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Computer Access at COA
We know that computer access is important both to your studies and while you're away from friends and family. Click here for more information about on-campus computer locations, and registering your laptop to access wireless internet at COA.