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
    For the Women of the World: COA Students Join March on Washington
    For Lena Connolly ’20 and dozens of others, taking the long trip to the nation’s capital to advocate for women’s rights feels essential. “I’ll be able to tell my grandchildren, ‘I was there,’” Connolly says. “That I could stand for women in a time when a good portion of the country wouldn’t.”
  • NEWS
    Then Came Fandango!
    The highly anticipated night of Fandango brought most of the COA community under one roof to witness our amazing talents. From poets to contemporary and traditional dancers, country to opera singers and skits, Gates Community Center was filled with splendid acts with great humor and surprises.
  • NEWS
    Maine College Students Shine a Spotlight on Food Service Staff [Farm to Institution]
    “Art of the Dining Hall” profiles the students, regional farmers, faculty, producers, staff, and vendors who contribute to the College of the Atlantic “foodprint” in ways that align with the school’s institutional mission: creating a sustainable food system at COA, writes Sarah Maness ’17.