• College of the Atlantic


    We are an innovative and experimental college community dedicated to the study and practice of human ecology. We have some 349 students and 41 faculty members, and are located on the ocean near Acadia National Park on spectacular Mount Desert Island, Maine. College of the Atlantic is a small college deeply committed to interdisciplinary study and preparing students to make a difference in the world.

  • Academics


    COA uses self designed majors allowing students to create their own curriculum and develop an interdisciplinary approach of looking at the world.

  • Dorr Museum


    The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History is located on campus and features exhibits created by COA students.

  • Areas of Study


    Our self designed curriculm is composed of one major, human ecology, and informal concentrations for students to explore learning based on their interests.

  • Admissions


    COA’s fulfilling self designed undergraduate education, accessible to students of all backgrounds, starts with the admissions process.

  • About COA


    Located on Mount Desert Island near Acadia National Park, COA offers a unique, close-knit community that encourages independent learners.

  • Calendar


    Upcoming events on campus and throughout the community.

  • Beech Hill Farm


    College of the Atlantic’s Beech Hill Farm is a working farm growing certified organic vegetables for COA and the wider community. The farm serves as a...

  • Alumnx Weekend Schedule


    2022 Alumnx Weekend Thursday, June 23–Sunday, June 26...

  • Courses


    From Global Environmental Policies to Contemporary Dance and more in between, COA has courses for self directed learners of all interests.


  • NEWS
    Summer Institute focuses on oceans
    The beauty, promise, and perils of our greatest commons are the focal points of the 2022 College of the Atlantic Summer Institute: Our One and Only Ocean, held in partnership with The National Geographic Society.
  • NEWS
    COA celebrates Class of ’22
    Hundreds of friends and family members fill the College of the Atlantic campus to commemorate the school’s 49th commencement ceremony.
  • NEWS
    Gnam is Goldwater scholar
    Ornithologist and conservationist Eleanor Gnam ’23 is the recipient of a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.