College of the Atlantic students gather by the school's Newlin Gardens on a warm winter day. ...College of the Atlantic students gather by the school's Newlin Gardens on a warm winter day. COA is committed to providing an excellent education in human ecology to highly driven, creative, inquisitive students regardless of their economic situation.

COA ranked 32 out of 286 of the “most-selective colleges in the country, defined by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and other metrics,” the Times stated.

Maine’s other private colleges on the list did poorly. Bates College was tied for last place with Tulane, Oberlin and Fairfield University. Colby was 230, and Bowdoin 207. University of Maine made the Top 100 at No. 63. Other Northern New England schools were University of New Hampshire at 117, Dartmouth at 186 and University of Vermont at 220.

In all of New England, only Hampshire College outranked COA at No. 16.

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