We build this place together

Making change is a central part of COA’s mission. We put it into practice by involving students, faculty, and staff in governing the college. It’s not necessarily the easiest way to get things done, but there’s no question we all learn a lot in the process.

So many interests, so little time

Knitting, soccer, poetry, foreign affairs, rock-climbing, circus arts, activism, foraging for wild edibles. COA students tend to be really into whatever they’re into. Student activities here are a mix of organized clubs, getting outdoors in Acadia National Park, regular events like concerts, lectures, films, and open mics, and a healthy dose of creative spontaneity.

You’ll forge your own path, but you won’t be alone

COA is a great place for self-directed people: you’ll chart your own course, both in class and out. But it’s impossible to be anonymous in such a small community, and you’ll find plenty of fellow travelers with whom to share the journey.

And did we mention the food?

It’s ridiculously good.


 Stories from our community:

  • NEWS
    Welcome to Alt-Freshman Orientation: Veganism 101 and Intro to Zine Making
    While most universities welcome students with basic orientation and campus tours, others, like College of the Atlantic, are turning to hiking, sea kayaking and student-designed courses, according to The Guardian.
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    COA Delegation Attends UN Climate Conference

    Among representatives of hundreds of countries from around the world gathering in Marrakech, Morocco at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are 10 College of the Atlantic students and their professor as part of the school’s annual delegation.

  • NEWS
    The Epic Hike
    Julia De Santis ’12 meets up with a COA group attempting to hike 28 Acadia National Park peaks in 24 hours.