College of the Atlantic is located between Acadia National Park and Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine.College of the Atlantic is located between Acadia National Park and Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine.

“College of the Atlantic has pioneered an interdisciplinary, experiential approach to higher education that allows students to make real-world learning connections as they work to develop their passions,” said COA President Dr. Darron Collins ’92. “We’re committed to cultivating an academically rigorous, sustainable, socially just environment, and these designations well demonstrate that commitment.”

The book, which is based completely on student surveys, also ranks COA among the top 20 “Stone Cold Sober Schools,” places where “Professors Get High Remarks,” and “Most Active Student Government.” View the COA section here.

Curing butternut squash in the COA Amos Eno greenhouse.Curing butternut squash in the COA Amos Eno greenhouse.“At College of the Atlantic, you’ll find a fascinating assortment of ‘geologists, guitarists, teachers, poets, fashionistas, sailors, rock climbers, film makers, and economists’ among the student body, who are ‘curious about learning, especially in the field setting,’ ‘passionate about global climate change and social equality,’ and ‘overwhelmingly willing to contribute to projects and help out people in need even if there is no individual benefit to be claimed,’” according to this year’s survey.

The Princeton Review asks students from across the country to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report their experiences for their Best 384 Colleges rankings. A total of 138,000 students weighed in this year, creating ratings scores in eight categories and Top 20 lists in 62 categories.

College of the Atlantic is premised on the belief that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is to enabling students to actively shape the future. A leader in experiential learning and environmental stewardship, COA was named the #1 Green College in the U.S. by The Princeton Review and the Sierra Club in 2016 and 2017. Every COA student designs their own major in human ecology—which integrates knowledge from across academic disciplines and seeks to understand and improve the relationships between humans and their natural, built, and social environments—and sets their own path toward a degree.