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
    Silences and Shouts: Reflections on the People’s Climate March
    Seventy-seven members of the COA community drove down to New York, the largest student turnout for any rally, protest or conference, of any kind, in at least five years.
  • NEWS
    Songs Encourage Unity and Resistance
    The power of music to enhance the struggle for global environmental justice, bestow dignity on the oppressed, and encourage personal transformation is explored by Ángela Valenzuela ’17, who is on residency in Colombia creating a crowd-funded, full-length album for her capstone College of the Atlantic senior project.
  • NEWS
    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.