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:

  • NEWS
    For the Women of the World: COA Students Join March on Washington
    For Lena Connolly ’20 and dozens of others, taking the long trip to the nation’s capital to advocate for women’s rights feels essential. “I’ll be able to tell my grandchildren, ‘I was there,’” Connolly says. “That I could stand for women in a time when a good portion of the country wouldn’t.”
  • NEWS
    Bar Island Swim: Looking Back on 25 Years

    It began on a whim one fall day 25 years ago. Five students, one professor, and a shiny, new dock. 

  • NEWS
    New Year’s Eve With Occupy Wall Street
    Finally people are refusing to live in a global system based on oppression and inequality. As signs now say around the world: you can’t silence an idea whose time has come.