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Life After COA
Wonder what our students do after graduation? The answer: As many things as you can imagine.
COA's emphasis on field research, independent study, interdisciplinary thinking and job internships serves our students well. Our graduates include leaders and decision-makers in many different fields. Among them: the former president of Common Cause, senior conservation specialists at the World Wildlife Fund and the co-founder and president of Newman's Own Organics. Other COA graduates have become marine biologists, composers, restauranteurs, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, organic farmers, artists, writers, social workers, doctors, veterinarians, molecular geneticists and public policy experts.
What do they have in common? They care about the world, think critically and understand the deep and abiding connections between ideas, people and the multiple worlds in which we engage. Their experiences at COA often encourage students to create their own niche in the world, whether as an entrepreneur, educator, artist or physician. They know they will live in tomorrow's world, not yesterday's, and they want to help shape the world in which they will live.
- 30% of COA graduates pursue careers in hard science, such as environmental engineering, conservation biology, or health care.
- 37% go into education or public service.
- 20% work in art-related careers.
- A sampling of where COA graduates have pursued advanced degrees:
Antioch University, New England; Boston College; Columbia University; Cornell University; Harvard University; Johns Hopkins University; London School of Economics; Middlebury College; New York University; Rochester Institute of Technology; Tufts University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Maine; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Rhode Island; Vermont Law School; Yale University