COA students tend to have eclectic interests—and lots of them. Much of our energy is channeled into coursework, but we also make room to pursue plenty of other passions outside of class. In the evenings, there may be film screenings, theater productions, poetry out loud, or a meeting to organize a trip to a protest or conference. Students also get together in both official clubs and unofficial groups to botanize, do fiber arts, make music, or create a pop-up restaurant. You’re in a community full of really smart, creative people: who knows what you’ll cook up together.

Current student organizations:
  • Anime and Gaming Club
  • Botany Club
  • COA Council on Foreign Affairs
  • College of the Atlantic Quidditch Team
  • Earth in Brackets
  • Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Group
  • Fiber Arts Club
  • The Good Film Club
  • Picante Pelotas Futbol Club
  • Poetry Collective
  • Random Acts of Kindness Club
  • Sore Toes
  • Spectrum
  • Student Framework for Environmental and Social Justice
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Club
  • Woodworking Club
  • Zero Waste Club
Want to create a new student organization?

Contact Lauren Rupp at to learn how. 

Upcoming student activities:

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    Parent & Family Weekend

    All Day, Campus wide Families can join their students for a weekend of classes, field trips, and engaging activities including performances, meals, and presentations.
  • Oct
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    Sailing on Frenchman Bay

    1:00pm, College Pier
  • Oct
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    A Sense of Place - And Person

    4:30pm, Blum Gallery COA alumni and MDI photographers join together for the opening reception of their photo show highlighting the Maine landscape.
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    Bar Harbor Film Festival

    6:00pm, Abbe Museum An annual event that takes place on Mount Desert Island, home of the Acadia National Park, the Bar Harbor Film Festival (BHFF) invites its audience and filmmakers to engage in cinematic exploration.
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    Overnight Kayak Trip to Stave Island

    9:00am, Meet at the Davis Garage Come see Mount Desert Island from a different perspective. Enjoy the views of Cadillac and explore the other side of Frenchman Bay; wind through the Porcupine Islands and under the cliffs of Ironbound Island.