- 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 40 countries.
- 20% international
- 17% from Maine
- 67% women, 33% men
- 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
- 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.
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.
- Within one year of graduation, 97% of COA alumni have gone on to graduate school (23%) or have a job (74%). Of those working, 65% have a job in their field of study.
- 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.