Our graduates are attorneys, composers, marine biologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, organic farmers, artists, writers, social workers, doctors, veterinarians, molecular geneticists, professors, and public policy experts, among so many other things.

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 (23%) or have a job (64%).
  • Of those who are working, 65% have a job in their field. 
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 450-hour internship
100% of COA students design and implement a capstone senior project

Employers include:

Center for International Environmental Law
Chicago Botanical Gardens
Birdsong Farm
Edward Jones Financial Services
Fiddleheads Forest School
Maine Biofuels
Museum of Science, Boston
National Park Service
Norman Rockwell Museum
Perkins and Will Architects
The Jackson Laboratory
The Nature Conservancy
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, Northeastern University, University of California, University of Copenhagen, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, Yale School of Forestry


Read our complete alumni report: “Beyond COA”


COA alumni in the news:

  • NEWS
    Interview with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree [Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center]
    College of the Atlantic alumna Chellie Pingree ’79 (D-Maine) discusses her latest efforts in support of sustainable food systems and her unique introduction to agriculture and plant sciences as a student at COA.
  • NEWS
    Environmental Education is the “Talk of the Towns” [WERU]
    Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School Hazel Stark ‘11 and Statewide Director of University of Maine 4-H Centers Ryder Scott ‘97 join adjunct faculty member and COA trustee Ron Beard to discuss the ins and outs of environmental education on WERU Community Radio.
  • NEWS
    Three New Trustees Announced
    College of the Atlantic is pleased to welcome three new members, including two alumni, to its Board of Trustees. Clay Corbus, Diana Kombe ’06, and Michael Boland ’94 come from diverse business backgrounds to offer their unique insights and skill sets to the management of the college.
  • NEWS
    Six Maine Restaurants You Can Only Get to by Boat (BDN)
    It’s impossible to drive to Michael Boland ’94’s latest collaborative venture, The Islesford Dock restaurant, but the trip is worth the effort.