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You're looking for a college which means you're looking for your future. You get to be nosy and it helps if you're brave. Imagine your life after college. Think about how your life will change. But please don't stop there. Think about how the world will change because of what you do. Dream boldly.
How does anyone pick a college? Here's what we recommend. Think about what you really want. Ask yourself if your dreams and desires match the priorities of the schools you're considering. Look beyond those brags about celebrity alums or the reputation of a single department. Get a feel for the place - how students treat one another, whether the intellectual expectations of the school meet your standards. As you're surfing the Web, ask yourself of each school: will this place feed my sense of well-being? Click around this web site to explore College of the Atlantic. It's a unique place (we know, every school says that). So what makes it different?
For one thing, you'll find a sense of community here that just doesn't happen at larger or more impersonal schools. Community isn't a one-shot deal; it's at the heart of daily life here. Walk into the dining hall and you'll often see students having lunch with teachers, deans, and staff. Wander by the community garden, where two students discuss paper topics for their Rural and Community Development class while one picks basil for her pasta dinner (the dorms all have kitchens) and the other weeds his plots. What about academics? Within COA's major of Human Ecology, you create your own course of study with faculty advisors. When you graduate, you have more to show for it than a transcript with a handful of grades. All COA students are required to create a comprehensive senior project that they present to the entire community. Students have designed energy efficient buildings, written novels, sequenced genes, changed laws and traveled the world documenting political and environmental struggles.
We're looking for imaginative, idealistic, and intellectually curious people who want to make a difference in the world - people who will appreciate COA's unique community and enlarge it with their thoughts, opinions, and spirit.
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