Princeton Review

COA ranks among the top colleges in the country on the Princeton Review’s lists including:

Top 50 Green Colleges 
Everyone Cares About Conservation
Best Classroom Experience
Great Financial Aid
Professors Get High Marks
Best Quality of Life
Friendliest Students
Most Active Student Government
Most Engaged in Community Service
Students Study the Most
Their Students Love These Colleges
Town-Gown Relations are Great

Center for HUman Ecology in the winter


Coa campus in the fall, overhead


Students in the summer institute concert, Summer 2022


Students hiking in Acadia

early fall, path to Kaelber hall

“An intimate, friendly community of do-ers, critical thinkers.… This unique educational model helps students merge their talents/interests in meaningful and applicable ways.

Self-motivated learning is everything here, and College of the Atlantic is for ‘idealists with elbow grease.’”
— Princeton Review’s The Best 381 Colleges

Changemaker Campus

COA has been a Changemaker Campus since 2008, recognized by The Ashoka U Changemaker Campus designation; a rigorous, global selection process with this leading designation for social innovation in higher education.

Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award recipient

NAFSA: Association of International Educators honored COA for our innovative international initiatives.

MacArthur Genius Award recipient

COA is one of six colleges selected to receive a genius grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which cited our innovative, mission-driven approach to liberal arts education.

America’s greenest college!

COA has been repeatedly recognized for our college-wide commitment to ecological practices.

#1 Greenest college in the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges 2016-2023
#1 Zero Waste Campus, Post Landfill Action Network’s Atlas Zero Waste Certification Program
#1 Greenest college, Sierra Club’s Cool Schools in 2016 and 2017
#5 top performing sustainable baccalaureate institution according to The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2019

Student working in our greenhouse seedlings.

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