By choosing COA, you’re choosing a different kind of education—an education that’s engaged in the world and completely shaped by your interests and passions. 

Please read the enrollment checklist carefully, and when you’re ready to commit, take the following steps by the indicated deadlines. 

Next steps to make it official: 

1. Complete the enrollment reply form. You can find this form on your applicant portal, due May 15 (deadline extended from May 1 in 2024) for Early Action and Regular Decision and transfer applicants. 

2. Pay your enrollment deposit. Once you submit your reply form, you can pay through the applicant portal using a credit card or your bank account information. 

3. Read through the student life packet, and submit the following forms: housing application, housing contract, meal plan selection, student support, and emergency contact. All of these forms can be submitted through your applicant portal and are due by May 15 (extended deadline in 2024). (Note: transfer students are not required to live on-campus.) 

4. Read through the Outdoor Orientation Programs (OOPs) packet. You can submit your registration and payment through your applicant portal, or you can complete the packet and send it in along with your payment by June 1.

5. International students should refer to the pre-arrival guidebook for more information.

Have questions? 

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When are my forms due? 

Early Decision I reply form/deposit due January 10
Early Decision II reply form/deposit due February 15
Early Action reply form/deposit due May 1
Regular Decision first-year students reply form/deposit due May 1
Regular Decision transfer students reply form/deposit due May 15

Winter Term reply form/deposit due December 1 (November 15 for international students)
Spring Term reply form/deposit due March 1


  • Follow our admitted students Instagram page @coa.admitted.students to stay up to date, see what’s happening on campus, and connect with your classmates.
  • Join us for the in-person Admitted Student Reception on April 14-15, 2024. 
  • You can ask questions anonymously on COA’s Tumblr.

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