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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    Islands Through Time: A Reflection
    I spent twelve days during the summer of 2011 on Mount Desert Rock and Great Duck Island as a participant in College of the Atlantic’s Islands Through Time Summer Field Institute. I immersed myself in writing, marine biology, ecology, media, literature, and music. For twelve days I learned through COA’s interdisciplinary approach—which became a major influence on my decision to apply and attend the college.
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    Reading, Singing, and Selling Chapbooks in the Nation’s Capital
    A trip to the country’s largest gathering of writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers gives members of College of the Atlantic’s student-run Bateau Press opportunities to network and promote their latest hand-stitched chapbook, Jennifer Tseng’s “Not so dear Jenny.”
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    Songs Encourage Unity and Resistance
    The power of music to enhance the struggle for global environmental justice, bestow dignity on the oppressed, and encourage personal transformation is explored by Ángela Valenzuela ’17, who is on residency in Colombia creating a crowd-funded, full-length album for her capstone College of the Atlantic senior project.