Our graduates are attorneys, composers, marine biologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, organic farmers, artists, writers, social workers, doctors, veterinarians, molecular geneticists, professors, public policy experts, and much more.

COA’s emphasis on field research, independent study, interdisciplinary thinking, and internships helps our graduates to become leaders and decision-makers wherever they go.

Within one year of graduation:
  • 97% of COA alumni have gone on to graduate school or have a job.
Within five years of graduation: 
  • More than 60% of COA alumni have gone on to pursue graduate studies.

Before graduation…

100% of COA students complete a term-long internship
100% of COA students design and implement a capstone senior project

Employers include:

Agency Landscape + Planning
Albany Medical Center
California Coastal Commission
Canada’s National Observer
Center for International Environmental Law
Chicago Botanical Gardens
Cornell College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Dalberg Advisors
Disney Books
Duke Nicholas School of the Environment
Edward Jones Financial Services
Fiddleheads Forest School
Hunger Free Oklahoma
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki
Maine Coast Veterinary Hospital
Maine Standard Biofuels
Mid Coast Medical Group Women’s Health
Museum of Science, Boston
National Gallery of Canada
National Geographic
National Park Service
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Norman Rockwell Museum
Ocean Exploration Trust
Oil Change International
Perkins and Will Architects
The Jackson Laboratory
The Nature Conservancy
Trustees for Alaska
United Nations Development Programme
United States Congress

Most frequently attended graduate schools include: 

American University, Boston University, College of the Atlantic, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Lund University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of California, University of Copenhagen, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, Yale University 


Read our complete alumni report: “Beyond COA”