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
    Wilderness Trip Reaches for the Heights
    College of the Atlantic’s Outdoor Orientation Programs (OOPs) include hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and more, giving incoming students opportunities to discover themselves, their classmates, and the great outdoors. The Baxter Peaks trip sends students on a six-day journey through Maine’s rugged Baxter State Park.
  • NEWS
    Winding Rivers, Frozen Lakes, and Buzzing Flies: A Year with the COA Traditional Skills Club
    Through the turning of fall, winter, and spring, students in College of the Atlantic’s experiential outdoor program learn how to navigate, survive, and thrive in the rugged Maine Wilderness.
  • NEWS
    Literary Magazine Sets Sail

    Brought back to life by the passion and dedication of faculty and students at College of the Atlantic, the small-scale literary magazine Bateau returns to print after a several year hiatus.