Our students 

  • 350 total students—to maintain the closeness of our small community, we’ve decided not to grow any larger.
  • Students come from more than 40 states and 35 countries.
  • 18% international
  • 17% from Maine
  • 67% women, 33% men

Academics

  • All students design their own major in human ecology.
  • 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 12
  • Only one class larger than 25 students in 2014-2015 (it was Calculus  I)
  • Trimester schedule with fall, winter, and spring terms
  • Students take three classes per trimester.
  • All students complete an internship at a workplace in their field.
  • All students design and undertake a capstone senior project.
  • No academic departments
  • More than half of our students have an international experience during their time at COA.
  • Our teacher certification program prepares students to teach at the elementary and high school level.

Campus & facilities

38-acre main campus on the ocean in Bar Harbor, two organic farms, and two offshore island research stations

Governance

  • Weekly All College Meeting (ACM) where students, faculty, and staff participate in governing the college.
  • Students serve on all college committees, including faculty review and hiring committees.

COA seal

Our seal is composed of three symbols: human, earth, and water. Enjoined in a circle, these elements depict the essential connection between people and our environments—the central theme of human ecology.

COA's seal combines three runic symbols: human, earth, and water.

 

After COA

  • Within one year of graduation, 22% of COA graduates have gone on to graduate studies, and 65% have a job in their field.
  • Overall, 55% of graduates go on to advanced study at the Masters or Doctoral level. Universities most often attended by COA graduates between 2010 and 2015 include: American University, Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of California system, University of Copenhagen, and Yale University.
  • COA alumni work in a range of fields encompassing science, art and design, education, administration/business/technology, law/social services/government, health, and more.