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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    Top 10 Colleges for International Students
    College of the Atlantic makes the list for a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, clubs that make space for students from many locations and walks of life, and events that let students show off their culture to the rest of campus.
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    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.
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    Summer: We Live & Learn
    From Brazil and Korea to the mountains of Acadia, students and faculty are doing-being-bringing-becoming-spreading-learning-living human ecology!