Registration Information

2014 Tuition rates

Two-week course:  $1390
One-week course option: $695 

One-week course option is based on availability and permission of the instructor. 
A View from Mount Desert Rock: Studying Whales and Seals in their Natural Habitat is a two-week course only. 


College of the Atlantic will offer a limited number of scholarships to educators for the summer of 2014.  Click here for a scholarship application form.  Scholarship applications must be received by March 16, 2014.

We also encourage educators to check with their employer regarding professional development funds or other financial support.  Approximately 60% of our participants receive full or partial financial support from their schools, administrative districts, or from private foundations.

2014 Room and Board Rates

Single Room/Board:                       Shared Room/Board:                                          
Two weeks — $990                                  Two weeks — $790
One week — $495*                                  One week — $395*
*One week options are based on availability and with permission of the instructor.

All rooms have shared bathrooms, and participants provide their own bed linens. We have a limited number of single rooms — if a single room is essential, please let us know as soon as possible. Keep in mind that if you are booking the course — A View from Mount Desert Rock — that rooms in the light keeper's house are shared only. You will have the option of booking a single room while staying on campus.

The cost of meals is included in the room and board fee. Meals are served from Sunday night dinner through Friday night dinner.

Commuter Meal Plans**
Commuters may purchase a full meal plan or a lunch-only plan:
Full meal plan — $200 per week
Lunch only — $65 per week
**A View from Mount Desert Rock: Studying Whales and Seals in their Natural Habitat is not eligible as a commuter option.

Additional Fees

Lab Fee: Each course has a lab fee ranging from $75-$300. This fee covers academic supplies and field/boat trips.

Application Fee: There is a $25/student application fee to help cover the cost of processing your registration.

Unless otherwise noted, textbooks should be purchased prior to arrival. Feel free to contact your instructor with questions about supplies, textbooks, and required readings.


Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Class space is limited.

There are two ways to register : 

  1. Register online using our secure online registration form - you can also access the registration form via the link on the Course and Faculty Information page. Payment may be made by check or credit card.  Educators may pay with a PO# from their school or district.
  2. Call the Summer Program Office at 1-800-597-9500 to register over the phone.


A non-refundable $175 deposit (including $25 application fee) is due at the time of registration and will be applied toward the total fees. Payment of the final balance is due by May 16, 2014 — though we do continue accepting registrations through June on a space-available basis. A purchase order from your school district is acceptable pre-payment and direct billing may also be prearranged. Educators waiting for notification of school approval, district or grant funding should request an extension from the Summer Programs Office. Students are responsible for transportation and personal expenses.

Registration deadline

We encourage course registrations by May 16, 2014 after which time a determination will be made if a course has the enrollment necessary to proceed.  If a course is viable, we will continue to take registrations until we reach maximum enrollment.  If a course has low enrollment prior to the registration deadline, we will notify participants in advance, and send an e-mail confirmation as soon as a final decision has been made.  Please contact the Summer Programs office prior to booking a long-distance flight, so that we can help you determine the viability of the course for which you have registered.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be considered in the event of documented health or family emergencies. No refunds of tuition, fees, or room and board will be made after classes begin. All refunds will be paid by check.

Course Cancellation

In the event that College of the Atlantic needs to cancel a course due to low enrollment or for other reasons, course registrants will be notified of the course's cancellation at least one month prior to the course start date, unless the course must be canceled at a later date due to unforeseen circumstances. A reminder, if you are purchasing travel tickets, we encourage you to contact the summer programs office to confirm the status of your course before purchasing your tickets. In the event of a course's cancellation, a full refund will be issued to participants who choose not to select an alternate course.

Summer 2014 Courses

For a complete listing of our 2014 summer course offerings, please click here.


Click here for secure online course registration. Payment may be made via check, credit card, or purchase order. 

Bring Your Family!

While you're in class your family members can enjoy exploring Acadia National Park with our expert naturalist guides!

COA's popular Family Nature Camp offers four week-long sessions from June 29 – August 2. 

Our Summer Field Studies day camp for children offers one- and two-week sessions for children in grades 1–9.

Contact Information

Summer Programs

College of the Atlantic

105 Eden Street

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone: 1-800-597-9500

Fax: 207-288-3780