“The 24-Hour Challenge has really taken on the feel of a community-wide celebration with alums, students, staff, faculty, and members of our community all coming together to support the college. It’s also a great way to remind everyone that community support is at the heart of COA and that every contribution truly makes a difference,” says COA Dean of Advancement Shawn Keeley ’00.

All contributions to the 24-Hour Challenge benefit the College of the Atlantic Annual Fund, which supports scholarships, financial aid, field-based coursework, and upgrades to campus facilities. More than 80 percent of COA students receive some form of financial aid, which the 24-Hour Challenge helps make possible. The school offers merit scholarships as well as need-based aid, with the goal of making COA affordable for all students, regardless of income. COA is consistently ranked among the top schools in the nation for financial aid.

College of the Atlantic Dean of Advancement Shawn Keeley '00 burning the midnight oil around the ... College of the Atlantic Dean of Advancement Shawn Keeley ’00 burning the midnight oil around the 24-Hour Challenge fire“Whether you can stop by the fire on our front lawn for hot chocolate and ice skating or simply make a gift from the warmth of your home, we hope people will turn out to help make COA a thriving part of our community,” Keeley says.

Learn more about COA’s annual day of giving at coa.edu/24hourchallenge.

College of the Atlantic is the first college in the US to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty members offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in human ecology—the study of how humans interact with our natural, social, and built environments. Each student develops their own course of study, collaborating and innovating across multiple disciplines. COA is Princeton Review’s #1 Green College 2016-2022.