Members of the class of '25 on the south ridge of Cadillac Mountain in September, 2021

COA College Opportunity and Access (COA2) is a strengths-based, difference-education program designed for students who self-identify with the experiences of first generation and/or low-income college students. Context matters in our experiences of difference. Starting from this premise, COA2 offers a communal support and advocacy space to enable students to shape the college from which they are earning their degree.

COA2 offers a breadth and depth of student support services starting with an early move-in and orientation preceding the Outdoor Orientation Program (OOPs), peer mentors; integrated and culturally sustaining academic and career advising; and skill-building (e.g., leadership, financial management, advocacy).

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Congratulations to Andie Piliouras ’26 on winning a $10,000 Scholarship from the PanHellenic Foundation for exceptional academic performance!

Andie Piliouras '26

What now / a Supreme Court roundtable

COA Magazine Editor Dan Mahoney sat down with professors Jamie McKown and Bob Seddig, alumnus Ursa Beckford ’17, and current COA students, Sarah Ottinger ’25 and Kiara Carman ’24, for a discussion on the Supreme Court, the constitution, voting, vision, bad puns, and where we go from here. Read the full story here.

In memory of Robert “Bob” Seddig, COA adjunct professor and dear friend of the college.

Ski Trip to Hermon Mountain

First time skiing for Jonna Nielsen ’27 and Morgan Daley ’27!

Morgan Daley first time skiing at Hermon Mountain.

Jonna Neilson first time skiing at Hermon Mountain.

Neha, Bailey, Anna, and Lucy share stories about their college experiences with Bar Harbor Conner...Neha, Bailey, Anna, and Lucy share stories about their college experiences with Bar Harbor Conners-Emerson School sixth-graders. Credit: Carol Rosinski