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
    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
    The Best Journey in the World
    While many college students anticipate winter break to go home or maybe even fly to warmer climates, a group of College of the Atlantic Students spent most of their break on Great Duck Island. The student-run trip was appropriately named “The Best Journey in the World.”
  • NEWS
    COA Startup Wins UMaine Business Challenge
    [Re]Produce, a sustainable farm-surplus venture pioneered by Anita van Dam ’19 and Grace Burchard ’17, takes first place, and a $5,000 cash prize, at the 2017 University of Maine Business Challenge Finals.