• 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.

  • Summer Institute Livestream


    How to ask a question: Want to ask a speaker a question? You can submit questions through Slido at slido.com/coa2021. You can also send questions in to...

  • The Summer Institute


    The Summer Institute at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine: Good Food and Food Fights.

  • Academics


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

  • 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.

  • Calendar


    Upcoming events on campus and throughout the community.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Dorr Museum


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


  • NEWS
    Food is in focus at COA Summer Institute
    The 2021 College of the Atlantic Summer Institute: Good Food and Food Fights launches with a remote appearance by bestselling author Michael Pollan and continues through five days and 11 probing conversations among farmers, chefs, activists, thought leaders, and more.
  • NEWS
    COA welcomes new dean of institutional advancement

    Shawn Keeley ’00 brings a wealth of experience and a deep-seated understanding of College of the Atlantic’s human-ecological mission to his new role.

  • NEWS
    COA, Sterling College to share diversity and inclusion fellow
    A collaborative effort by Vermont’s Sterling College and Maine’s College of the Atlantic to bolster antiracist initiatives has led to the hiring of diversity and inclusion fellow Rachael Blansett to support both institutions.