The Fall Fly-In is a selective, multi-day program for prospective students to experience COA firsthand. You’ll attend classes, enjoy meals in our dining hall, and get to know campus, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. We can’t wait to meet you!

We welcome applications from all intellectually curious high school seniors attending school in the US. We encourage those from minoritized backgrounds and identities to apply, including people of color, first-generation college students, and those from low-income households. 


Program dates: October 17 - 20, 2024

Travel: If you are accepted into the program, College of the Atlantic will arrange your travel and will cover the cost of your flight or bus fare to participate.

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

Application deadline: July 15, 2024

Application decision: August 1, 2024

2023 Program schedule

*Please ensure you do not have any scheduling conflicts during the Fall Fly-In dates/times.

The Fall Fly-In application includes the following: 
  • Application form available in early May 2024

  • 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 (may be uploaded on the application form, or mailed or e-mailed separately)
  • Resume or list of activities/experiences (optional; may be uploaded on the application form, or 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, and gather your materials to upload, 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 later apply and are offered admission to College of the Atlantic. If you aren’t accepted into the Fall Fly-In, don’t despair: you may still be a strong candidate for COA.