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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    Food For All, and So Much More
    As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. While that may be true in most cases, I can’t say the same thing about dinner, as far as Bar Harbor is concerned. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look, and how to get it.
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    Spectrum Transforms, Expands Range
    Spectrum is expanding their focus from LGBT issues and bringing in a variety of social justice topics.
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    Then Came Fandango!
    he highly anticipated night of Fandango finally arrived on May 2 with the entire COA community under one roof to witness the talents that we have. From poets to contemporary and traditional dancers, country to opera singers and skits, Gates Community Center was filled with splendid acts with great humor and surprises.