We build this place together

Making change is a central part of COA’s mission. We put it into practice by involving students, faculty, and staff in governing the college. It’s not necessarily the easiest way to get things done, but there’s no question we all learn a lot in the process.

So many interests, so little time

Knitting, soccer, poetry, foreign affairs, rock-climbing, circus arts, activism, foraging for wild edibles. COA students tend to be really into whatever they’re into. Student activities here are a mix of organized clubs, getting outdoors in Acadia National Park, regular events like concerts, lectures, films, and open mics, and a healthy dose of creative spontaneity.

You’ll forge your own path, but you won’t be alone

COA is a great place for self-directed people: you’ll chart your own course, both in class and out. But it’s impossible to be anonymous in such a small community, and you’ll find plenty of fellow travelers with whom to share the journey.

And did we mention the food?

It’s ridiculously good.


 Stories from our community:

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    Island Activism
    Hiyasmin Saturay ’15, creator of the film Pangandoy: The Manobo fight for land, education and their future on the struggles of a Philippine indigenous group, speaks about her commitment to her homeland.
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    Summer: We Live & Learn
    From Brazil and Korea to the mountains of Acadia, students and faculty are doing-being-bringing-becoming-spreading-learning-living human ecology!
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    COA Thespians Ready Imaginative, Collaborative Production of ‘Telephone’

    Drama course clarifies how theatrical process informs, intersects with other concepts and disciplines.