Davis VillageLiving on campus means that all of the college’s resources are closer at hand: mentorships and advisors, information resources at the library, accessible health services, the convenience and camaraderie of a dining hall, less time spent commuting, the absence of worry about fuel, electric, and internet bills. Living in student housing frees up time for students to study and diminishes the likelihood of loneliness and isolation.

At the start of the Broad Reach Campaign, COA housed 45% of our student population, with the other half renting seasonal apartments. But finding appropriate off-campus housing is becoming increasingly difficult in recent years, as more and more rentals have become short-term Air B&Bs. Our campaign goal was to provide housing for 75% of students by providing an additional 100 students with campus-managed housing. 

Update: Thanks to Broad Reach campaign, we have been able to accomplish the following:

  • COA purchased a set of former hotel townhouses for use as student residences, providing an additional 25 units of student housing.
  • COA partnered with Mount Desert 365 to construct a new building in Northeast Harbor, which opened in the summer of 2022, and provides an additional 15 units of student housing. Click here for more information on this exciting project!
  • COA secured additional funding to build the remaining additional units required to meet the campaign goal of providing housing for 75% of students. Construction of this new 46-bed residence hall began in the fall of 2022, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023. Read more.

    Artist rendering of the new dorm on COA's campus.Artist rendering of the new dorm on COA's campus.