Our graduates are attorneys, composers, marine biologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, organic farmers, artists, writers, social workers, doctors, veterinarians, molecular geneticists, professors, and public policy experts, among so many other things.

COA’s emphasis on field research, independent study, interdisciplinary thinking, and internships helps our graduates to become leaders and decision-makers wherever they go.

Within one year of graduation:
  • 26% of COA alumni have gone on to graduate school,
  • And 54% are working at a job in their field.
Within five years of graduation: 
  • More than 60% of COA alumni have gone on to pursue graduate studies.

Before graduation…

100% of COA students complete a 450-hour internship
100% of COA students design and implement a capstone senior project

Employers include:

Center for International Environmental Law
Chicago Botanical Gardens
Birdsong Farm
Edward Jones Financial Services
Fiddleheads Forest School
Maine Biofuels
Museum of Science, Boston
National Park Service
Norman Rockwell Museum
Perkins and Will Architects
The Jackson Laboratory
The Nature Conservancy
United States Congress

Most frequently attended graduate schools include: 

American University, Boston University, College of the Atlantic, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, University of California, University of Copenhagen, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, Yale School of Forestry


Read our complete alumni report: “Beyond COA”


Alumni in the news

  • NEWS
    AP Exclusive: Deep-Sea Volcano a Hotspot for Mysterious Life

    An expedition to unexplored ocean depths by a team of scientists, including Conservation International Executive Vice President Greg Stone ’82, aims to produce valuable information regarding deep-sea ecology. 

  • NEWS
    Convocation, Ocean Swim Help Welcome New Class

    A total of 100 new students, hailing from 18 countries and 22 states, will be welcomed to the COA community during the annual convocation ceremony. Scores of students, staff, faculty and alumni will swim from the Bar Island sandbar to the COA pier in the morning, continuing a much-loved, yearly tradition.

  • NEWS
    Ground—A Reprise of Photographs from the Farm Security Administration
    A collection of works from famous Great Depression photographers that were rejected by the Farm Security Administration and concealed within the Library of Congress for decades are illuminated in a new book by Bill McDowell ’80.
  • NEWS
    The Human Ecology of Fatherhood
    Fatherhood is challenging. It requires the intuition of a teacher, the skills of a dog trainer, and an open mind because this other person is in the active process of becoming, and who or what that means is unknowable.