The Fall Fly-In is a selective, multi-day program for prospective COA Presidential Scholars to experience the college firsthand. This year, you’ll participate in the Fly-In from afar. But we’ll do our best to bring COA to you, and we’ll send you a box of curated, COA-related objects to facilitate your participation. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!


Travel: The Virtual Fall Fly-In will be held online in 2020 

Program dates: October 23-24, 2020

Eligibility: For high school seniors attending school in the U.S.

Application deadline: September 30, 2020

Application decision: October 7, 2020

Program schedule: 2020 draft schedule 

*Students should ensure they do not have any scheduling conflicts during the Fall Fly-In dates/times.

The Fall Fly-In application includes the following: 
  • Application form

  • Responses to three short essay questions (part of online application form)*
    • The Fall Fly-In is designed for students who are seriously considering attending College of the Atlantic. Please briefly describe why you think COA could be a good fit for you. (Recommended length: 250-500 words)
    • COA students have a wide range of passions, perspectives, and backgrounds, but they typically share a spirit of intellectual curiosity, self-motivation, and sincere desire to make a positive difference in the world. Tell us about a recent experience that inspired or intellectually challenged you, or one that motivated you to take action. You may want to reflect on what sparked your curiosity, how your perspective shifted, or what questions this experience raised for you.  (Recommended length: 300-650 words)

    • A lot of our lives have changed dramatically during the spring and summer of 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic impacting so many aspects of how we engage in the world. Do you want to tell us about any particular challenges or silver linings you’ve experienced over the past few months? (optional)
  • High school transcript including grades 9-11 (mailed or e-mailed separately)
  • Resume or list of activities/experiences (optional; mailed or e-mailed separately)

*Important: Once you start the online application form, you will not be able to save your work. Take some time to craft your responses to the two short essay questions before you start filling out the application. 

The Fall Fly-In is a highly selective program; this means there are many strong students each year who are not selected to participate in this event but are offered admission to the college. If you aren’t accepted into the Fall Fly-In, don’t despair: you may still be a strong candidate for COA and for the Presidential Scholarship. All students admitted to COA are considered for merit scholarships including the Presidential Scholarship, regardless of whether they participated in the Fall Fly-In.