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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    Bar Island Swim: Looking Back on 25 Years

    It began on a whim one fall day 25 years ago. Five students, one professor, and a shiny, new dock. And it grew, and grew, and grew. What started off as a casual jaunt in Frenchman Bay has become, two-and-a-half decades later, a beloved, annual right of passage for the College of the Atlantic community. 

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    This Changes Everything
    Join COA environmental justice group [Earth] for the local premier of this important documentary, narrated by and based on the work of internationally bestselling author Naomi Klein. Discussion to follow.
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    International Climate Activists to Address Students
    Nacpil, Rafalowicz to outline plans for climate justice, including upcoming rally in New York.