Due to Covid-19 we will not be hosting an on-campus Fall Fly-In in fall 2020. The Fall Fly-In is a competitive, four-day program for prospective COA Presidential Scholars to experience a COA education firsthand. During the Fall Fly-In, students visit classes, join in discussions with faculty and students, and participate in field trips in Acadia National Park  and around Mount Desert Island . Experience meals in COA’s dining hall, including a special Saturday brunch with faculty, staff, and students and a dinner hosted by COA president Darron Collins . Tour campus, have an admission interview, and show off your talents at our Open Mic night! And finally, experience dorm life during your overnight stays with current COA students. 



Travel: If we select you for the program, we will fully cover the cost of your trip to the college.  

Program dates: TBD

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

Application deadline: TBD

Application decision: Early August 

Program schedule: Check out our evolving 2020 schedule (coming soon).

*Students should ensure they do not have any scheduling conflicts during the Fall Fly-In dates. (Be advised that October 3 is an SAT test date.)


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

  • Responses to two 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)

  • High school transcript including grades 9-11 (mailed or e-mailed separately by July 15)
  • Resume or list of activities/experiences (mailed or e-mailed separately by July 15)

*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.

Apply today!