Marlboro College has long been a leader and innovator in progressive education, and a very special community for its students, faculty, and staff. We believe that College of the Atlantic and Marlboro share a similar ethos and pedagogical approach, and with our transfer agreement we aim to make the transfer process as smooth as possible, allowing students to finish their undergraduate studies at COA with a BA in human ecology. 

COA for Marlboro students:

  • COA will accept transfer applications for fall 2020 from currently enrolled Marlboro College undergraduate students at any point in their studies, including those who are currently on an approved leave of absence. All credits will be accepted toward a COA degree, though COA cannot award credit for physical education classes. 
  • Marlboro students transferring to COA with more than two years of credit will have certain degree requirements waived, and can petition to waive others. 
  • COA offers one undergraduate degree, a BA in human ecology, within which students may self-design a program to meet their goals and interests. Browse some possible areas of study, course offerings, and the schedule of upcoming classes on the registrar’s page to get a sense of whether COA could be the right place for you to finish your degree. 
  • COA’s expeditionary fund provides resources for students to take their learning off-campus. Marlboro students are eligible for a fund balance of $1000-$1800 depending on how many credits you will complete at COA. 
  • We welcome campus visits, particularly on weekdays while term is in session. We can arrange for you to meet with specific faculty, sit in on classes, and of course have meals in the dining hall. Overnight accommodations in student housing may be available, provided we have sufficient advance notice of your visit. 
  • Contact COA’s transfer counselor, Todd Miner, with your questions or call our office at 800-528-0025. 

How to apply: 

  • Marlboro students may apply to COA using either the COA application or the Common App. If you use the COA application, you will have the option to check a box indicating you are a Marlboro College transfer student. Checking this box will provide you with an application fee waiver, and will give you a space to write about your experience at Marlboro and why you think COA could be a good place to finish your studies. 
  • We will provide an application fee waiver for all Marlboro applicants. On the COA application, simply check the box to indicate that you are a Marlboro transfer applicant and you’ll receive instructions for accessing your fee waiver. 
  • Marlboro students are required to submit only one teacher recommendation letter, ideally from a member of the Marlboro faculty. Additional recommendation letters are also welcomed but not necessary. 
  • COA’s fall 2020 transfer application deadline is March 15. This is the priority deadline for Marlboro transfer students to apply, but we will continue to accept transfer applications from Marlboro students on a rolling basis after March 15, pending space availability. 
  • In place of the standard transfer student essay question, we ask Marlboro students to tell us why you believe COA will be a good place for you to finish your degree. On the COA application this question will populate automatically once you indicate you are a Marlboro College transfer applicant. 
  • Read more about applying to COA