• 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.

  • 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.

  • Summer Field Studies for Children


    College of the Atlantic’s Summer Field Studies (SFS) is a day camp program designed for young people entering first through ninth grades. Learning in small...

  • 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.

  • Our Community


    From potlucks to policies, together students, staff, and faculty create a supportive community for self-directed individuals.

  • Job Openings


    Job opportunities, careers, employment at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor Maine.

  • Courses


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

  • Tuition & Fees


    Cost estimates including tuition, room, board, books and supplies updated for each academic year at College of the Atlantic.


  • NEWS
    College of the Atlantic Ranked #8 in The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges
    Robert Franek, Senior VP of The Princeton Review: “We strongly recommend College of the Atlantic and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges.”
  • NEWS
    As Seas Warm, Whales Face New Dangers [New York Times]
    From the top of the six-story lighthouse, water stretches beyond the horizon in every direction. A foghorn bleats twice at 22-second intervals, interrupting the endless chatter of herring gulls. At least twice a day, researchers with College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale climb steps and ladders and crawl through a modest glass doorway to scan the surrounding sea, looking for the distinctive spout of a whale.
  • NEWS
    Photos: COA Helps Bring Education from its Farms to Local Public Schools
    College of the Atlantic students have been coordinating a Farm to School program at Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor for the past two years to introduce elementary students to the importance of sustainable food systems through experiential learning.