We invite you and your family to visit our campus next summer, to get to know COA first-hand and to help us find our next incoming class of world-changing human ecologists!

For five days you’ll enjoy complimentary meals in our award-winning dining hall and lodging in our newest (and greenest) residence halls. For a few hours each day, you and the other visiting counselors can tour COA’s facilities and learn about our unique approach to education and community: human ecology. While you’re getting acquainted with COA, your family members can explore Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and the surrounding area. There will be plenty of free-time each day for you to relax and explore Mount Desert Island with your family.


  • Campus tours
  • Welcome reception with staff, faculty, students, and alumni
  • Marine ecology walk with faculty
  • Faculty discussion on human ecology and COA’s academic program
  • Financial aid information session
  • Tour of COA’s organic farms


Program dates: TBA
Contact us to be added to the invite list for 2023: 
800-528-0025 or lblack@coa.edu

Click here to view a past schedule. 

What the counselors say…

“Having visited many wonderful college campuses, I must say I was most impressed by the uniqueness of yours. Your gorgeous campus, interdisciplinary curriculum, and passionate faculty make your school stand out in my mind.”

“Every time I thought it couldn’t get better, it would! The Getaway covered all the important elements of the college: community, focus on compassion, and concern for the world and environment.”

“I enjoyed getting to know COA in a very special way, experiencing the personality of the place and meeting great people.  The reception, the trip to the sandbar to find critters, the wonderfully tasty and healthy food in the dining hall, the lovely campus tour, the working farms, the beautiful architecture, and warm atmosphere were all great.”