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College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy — human ecology. Read More »


In 1969, COA’s founders intentions were clear: COA would be the first college in the US to have, as its primary focus, the relationships between humans and the environment. Learning was going to be active.Read More »


Responsible citizenship requires collaborative attitudes and skills. This is the main rationale for COA's commitment to participatory governance and consensus building. It is exemplified here by creative ways of running meetings, resolving disputes, utilizing computer technologies, and working in partnerships with outside communities. Read More »

What Can I Major In?

All students design their own major at COA. All students major in human ecology at COA. Wait a minute. What’s going on here? Read More »

Outside Perspectives

College of the Atlantic is ranked highly for its academic program, environmental commitment, diversity of student body, generous financial aid packages, campus beauty, and food. Read More »

Our Students

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  • 4 COA students had leadership roles at the UN climate change conference last year.
  • 2 students released music CDs this year.
  • 2 students received Goldwater Scholarships for their work in math and science.
  • 10 students are continuing work on novels in an ongoing advanced novel tutorial.

Visit COA

Tour summer cottages that have been transformed into student residences. Walk through gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. Visit our thriving campus and learn more about our storied history.

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Faculty Spotlight

COA students are self-directed ... they're motivated to learn how to take charge of their own learning.

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I love to see our students work on real issues...

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At COA your only limit is yourself....

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