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:
  • 97% of COA alumni have gone on to graduate school (23%) or have a job (64%).
  • Of those who are working, 65% have 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”


COA alumni in the news:

  • NEWS
    Purchaser of Blue Hill Bookstore Finding New Ways to Beat Amazon [Maine Biz]
    A new community-supported bookseller program, reminiscent of community-supported agriculture, characterizes Samantha Haskell ’10’s plans for her ownership of Blue Hill Bookstore.
  • NEWS
    In Their Own Words: Juan Pablo Hoffmaister ’07: International Policy Specialist
    Since 2005, College of the Atlantic students have attended the annual Conference of Parties, or COPs, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC. Soon COA students were shaping entire terms around meetings, taking classes and full-term residencies to pore over diplomatic language and investigate international treaties with Doreen Stabinsky or Ken Cline, sometimes both.
  • NEWS
    In Their Own Words: Matt Maiorana ’11 Organizer
    Matt Maiorana ’11 went to his first UN negotiation as a second-year in 2007. He’s since attended multiple UN meetings, but after that first meeting he helped create COA’s environmental justice group Earth in Brackets, or [Earth], and obtain official observer status at the UNFCCC. Matt has worked for both the government and advocacy groups, including as an organizer for the 2014 People’s Climate March. Currently, he’s with the nonprofit Oil Change International. He also cofounded the website activistlab.org with Sam Miller-McDonald ’09.
  • NEWS
    Elutriate: the work of Kathleen Donohoe (’91)


    Kathleen—Kate—Donohoe (’91) has strong childhood memories of passing through the New Jersey Meadowlands, a region rife with stories about the dumping of illegal chemicals and Mafia victims. “We would hold our noses driving through,” she says. “Still, I thought it was beautiful. I wanted to run away from home, get a boat, find an estuary, and disappear into it.”