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

Currently, COA houses 45% of our student population—the other half rent seasonal apartments. But finding appropriate housing is increasingly difficult. Our goal is to provide housing for 75% of students by providing an additional 100 students with campus-managed housing. We are currently exploring available options to purchase, build, or both.

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 will provide an additional 15 units of student housing. Click here for more information on this exciting project! Projected completion date is summer 2022.
  • COA secured additional funding to build the remaining additional units required to meet the campaign goal of providing housing for 75% of students.  Over the summer of 2021, a building plan to construct 50 beds of new housing on campus was executed and prioritized. With the architects selected, the site determined, and the building committee formed this fall, construction will begin in late spring 2022, with an expected completion date of fall 2023. Read more.

    Artist rendering of new 50-person dorm on COA's campus.Artist rendering of new 50-person dorm on COA's campus.