Admission Events


Fall Tour

October 13-14, 2014
For High School Juniors & Seniors and Transfer Students
Parents are welcome at this event.

College of the Atlantic invites you and your parents to an informative and enjoyable visit to campus. You will have the opportunity to tour the campus, to sit in on classes, spend the night on campus, eat in the dining halls and speak with faculty and students about the college. This program is designed to offer prospective students a comprehensive view of COA's unique learning environment. Admission interviews will be offered during your visit. 

A tentative schedule of events can be found here. A more detailed schedule will be given when students and families arrive to campus.

Your parents are encouraged to come and enjoy the COA Fall Tour, although we cannot provide their lodging. A listing of motels and hotels is available here.

RSVP to or give us a call at 207-288-5015 or 800-528-0025.

Admitted Student ReceptioN: April 13-14, 2014

College of the Atlantic invites you and your parents to attend our Admitted Student Reception, April 13–14, 2014. While here, you will have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, attend classes, and talk with faculty, staff, and students. Also, this is a great chance to meet your future classmates. As part of the event, you'll choose one of the following activities:

Beech Hill Farm — Spend a few hours getting your hands dirty and helping our farmers ready the farm for planting. Chores might include doing maintenance work on the perennial garden, making potting soil, or repairing the greenhouses.

Canoe Northeast CreekPaddle the Northeast Creek estuary with current students and staff. COA will provide the canoes, paddles, and life jackets; you bring shoes for walking in the bog. We will teach you the basics of canoeing if you are a beginner.

Sand Beach/Great Head HikePlay Frisbee on the beach or take a hike along the Great Head trail to get a better view of the island.

Compass HarborJoin COA students for a walk along the Compass Harbor trail. This relatively flat trail has beautiful views of Bar Harbor's breakwater as well as a secluded rocky cove. We may also wander along the Shore Path and through downtown Bar Harbor before heading back to campus.

Meals will be served in the college’s Blair Dining Hall and students will spend Sunday night in the residence halls. Please be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. You will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the college. However, with advance notice we can pick you up at the Bar Harbor Airport, (which is serviced by Cape Air), Bangor International Airport, or one of the Bangor bus stationsConcord Trailways or Greyhound. If you are planning to drive, directions can be found on the visit page.

Please RSVP by April 7 by calling the Office of Admission at 800-528-0025 or by emailing

Remember to let us know your choice of a Sunday field trip, your dietary preferences and restrictions, the names of those accompanying you and if you would like to meet with the Director of Financial Aid to review your aid package.

Presidential Scholars Fall Fly-In Program: October 2-5, 2014

Interested in attending 2014's Fall Fly-In? Invitations will go out this summer, so please make sure you're on our mailing list.

October 2-5, 2014
For High School Seniors

Each year COA selects a handful of students to receive our presidential scholarship. This honor carries with it a merit-based scholarship that recognizes your academic achievement and contributions you've made to your community. If you have a passion for learning and a strong desire to create change, you could be an ideal student for COA and a candidate for the presidential scholarship. The first step in being considered for this scholarship is attending our Fall Fly-In event. If you are interested in attending, you must apply to participate.

We invite you to apply to become part of our Presidential Scholars Fall Fly-In Program, a four-day visit to the college where you will see for yourself how a COA education works. If selected for this program, we will cover the cost of your trip to the college and provide meals and housing while you are on campus.

We will contact you in early August to let you know if you’ve been selected to participate in the Fall Fly-In Program. We will then work with you to make travel arrangements for your visit to campus.

If you are not chosen to participate, please understand that this is a highly selective program. It does not mean that we do not think you are a good candidate for COA. Many students who have applied for the Fall Fly-In are not selected but still apply to COA, are admitted, and become stellar members of the community. All students admitted to COA are eligible to receive both merit-based and need-based financial aid. Students are not required to participate in the Fall Fly-In program in order to be considered for a presidential scholarship.

Fall Fly-In application materials will be posted here soon.

for college counselors

Counselor Visit

Interested in visiting to find out what types of students come to COA? We have a summer event for college counselors. For more information check out:

Counselor Getaway

If you going to be in the Bar Harbor area and you'd like to drop by, send us an email ( or give us a call. We can schedule you a tour with a current student and answer any questions you may have.

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