Transfers and Visiting Students


"I am looking for a college that wants to teach me how to use what I know to change what I see."

COA Transfer Student | Class of 2010


College is supposed to change you, challenge you, and inspire you. And yet many students who are applying to transfer to COA describe college as "high school with more work." More work. Not different work: work that makes your mind buzz with possibilities; work that pushes you to apply ideas to real world problems. People who transfer to College of the Atlantic yearn to make their education meaningful to themselves and the world. If you aren't finding that connection between books, the classroom, and the world at your current college then consider COA. Be inspired as you read through our website and course catalog, visit our campus and talk with our students and faculty.

COA welcomes your application as a transfer student. One-fifth of each incoming class is made up of transfer students coming from schools as varied as Ivy League institutions, Maine public universities, and community colleges. We invite you to explore the website, talk to a member of the admission staff and visit campus.

Transfer of Credits

Students may transfer up to a maximum of 18 COA credits, two completed years of coursework. COA credits can be determined by the following formulas:

1. If the student is transferring credit from an institution that awards credit using credit hours (semester system): Multiply the credit hours by 0.3 to determine COA credits.

2. If the student is transferring credit from an institution that awards credit using quarter credits (trimester system or quarter system): Multiply the quarter credits by 0.2 to determine COA credits.

Only coursework for which the student has received a grade of “C” (2.0) or better will be accepted for transfer credit.

COA does not accept credit for Physical Education (sports activities) coursework. Credit for prior experience is only awarded for work completed as part of a military program.

The COA Registrar will perform preliminary transfer credit evaluations for prospective transfer students. If the student wishes, the evaluation may be done during the campus visit and the student will have an opportunity to talk with the COA Registrar about the transfer process and necessary coursework to complete COA degree requirements.

Transfer Process

The student must have the Registrar from their college or university forward an official transcript of all coursework completed to the COA Office of Admission. “Official” means that the transcript must be signed, have the school seal, and be in a sealed envelope. Once accepted, the student must meet with the COA Registrar and formally request that the credit be applied to the COA student record. Consultation with the Director of Financial Aid is strongly recommended prior to the transfer of credit.

Students may transfer credit to College of the Atlantic (COA) from a regionally accredited institution.

As a Transfer...

Students must complete the same resource area requirements as entering Freshmen. However, if the transfer student transfers more than nine COA credits, then certain requirements are waived. These include a quantitative reasoning course, a history course, and a writing course. All students must successfully complete two courses from each of the COA three Resource Areas. Transfer students may transfer only one course to meet a specific Resource Area Requirement. The second course must be taken at COA. Transfer students entering with less than 9 COA credits may transfer in a quantitative reasoning course and a history course. Transfer students must also complete the writing portfolio, internship, Human Ecology Essay, and Senior Project.

Visiting Students

Students who wish to spend one or more terms at COA and transfer college credit to another institution should apply as Visiting Students. An application to attend COA as a Visiting Student is available from the Office of Admission.

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Students Transferred from

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Colorado College
  • Earlham College
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Emory University
  • Guilford College
  • Hampshire College
  • Marlboro College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Temple University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Southern Maine