U.S. News & World Report:

  • One of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
  • #11 Best Value College — a measure of academic quality and affordability
  • COA is among the colleges that have achieved the most significant positive movement in the U.S. News ranking over the last five years, jumping up more than 40 spots on the list.

Princeton Review:

COA ranks among the top colleges in the country on the Princeton Review’s lists including:

  • Best Campus Food: #5
  • LGBTQ-Friendly: #8
  • Professors Get High Marks: #10
  • Their Students Love These Colleges: #10
  • Great Financial Aid: #11
  • Most Beautiful Campus: #14
  • Best Quality of Life: #17

Green Colleges:

COA has been repeatedly recognized for our college-wide commitment to ecological practices.

  • The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges: #8
  • Popular Mechanics’ Greenest Colleges in America: #1
  • Sierra Club’s Cool Schools: #16

Washington Monthly:

  • Among the top 100 liberal arts colleges—this ranking is based largely on colleges’ contributions to the public good.
  • Best bang for the buck: #48 (a regional ranking based on the economic value that students receive per dollar spent on their education).

MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient:

COA is one of six colleges selected to receive a “genius” grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who cited our innovative, mission-driven approach to liberal arts education.

“College of the Atlantic is a small liberal arts college… that its students think of as a ‘progressive educational experiment that broadens perspective’… Students also find that professors ‘are extremely passionate’ and expect their students to have the same passion. With that kind of attention in class, students agree that it is ‘rare to graduate without having had dinner at a professor’s house at least once.’ Many find by the time they graduate that they have ‘several brilliant mentors’ in their professors. The motto of the school is ‘life changing, world changing’ and many find that motto pervades the ‘stimulating academic experience’ at College of the Atlantic.

— Princeton Review 2015

The COA research station lighthouse on Great Duck Island.The COA research station lighthouse on Great Duck Island. 

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