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:

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    Music Extravaganza
    College of the Atlantic students are celebrating the transition from spring to summer—and from college student to graduate—with a night of music and art.
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    New Year’s Eve With Occupy Wall Street
    Finally people are refusing to live in a global system based on oppression and inequality. As signs now say around the world: you can’t silence an idea whose time has come.
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    Old Bones, New Frontiers
    Reassembling the skeletons of sea creatures is all in a day’s work for Leah Rubin ’19, a work-study employee with College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal laboratory Allied Whale.