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
    Students Strike for Climate Action
    The Downeast Maine Youth Climate Strike gathers students from College of the Atlantic and nearby Mount Desert Island High School to demand immediate and appropriate action against climate change. The midday event mirrors simultaneous strikes and walkouts in more than 2,000 cities worldwide.
  • NEWS
    Notes From the Field: Maine Students Come Up with Food System Innovations [Portland Press Herald]
    Two teams of students, including [Re]Produce from College of the Atlantic, win the college track of the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge with plans to create businesses that would divert wasted food into usable products.
  • NEWS
    Islands Through Time: A Reflection
    I spent twelve days during the summer of 2011 on Mount Desert Rock and Great Duck Island as a participant in College of the Atlantic’s Islands Through Time Summer Field Institute. I immersed myself in writing, marine biology, ecology, media, literature, and music. For twelve days I learned through COA’s interdisciplinary approach—which became a major influence on my decision to apply and attend the college.