Students Say

College of the Atlantic is a small liberal arts college in Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that its students think of as a “progressive educational experiment that broadens perspective.”

Overview

Applicants
429
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.68

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
38%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 690
SAT Math
530 - 650
SAT Writing
550 - 640
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

College of the Atlantic is a small liberal arts college in Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that its students think of as a “progressive educational experiment that broadens perspective.” The college offers the sole major of “human ecology,” which allows students to design their own majors around classes they wish to take. Each student can “mix-and-match interests and connect them to one another in a way that works and matters” to them. The population of the school is fairly small, with the student body being less than 400 individuals. The average class size is around twelve students, which affords students the kind of one-on-one attention that they love. Some have a little trouble getting in to the classes they want, but most students find that any of their professors “have impressive credentials with diverse backgrounds.” Students also find that professors “are extremely passionate” and expect their students to have the same passion. With that kind of attention in class, students agree that it is “rare to graduate without having had dinner at a professor ’s house at least once.” Many find by the time they graduate that they have “several brilliant mentors” in their professors. The motto of the school is “life changing, world changing” and many find that motto pervades the “stimulating academic experience” at College of the Atlantic.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
50
with Terminal Degree
38

31
Men
19
Women
3
Minority
1
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agriculture, General
  • International Agriculture
  • Taxidermy/Taxidermist

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Animal Genetics
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other
  • Biostatistics
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Cell Physiology
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Developmental Biology and Embryology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics, General
  • Genetics, Other
  • Human/Medical Genetics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics
  • Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Mycology
  • Physiology, General
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Population Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology, Other

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Educational Evaluation and Research
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature (United States)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Composition
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • Technical and Business Writing

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis and Functional Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Geometry/Geometric Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other
  • Statistics, General
  • Statistics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation, Other
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Land Use Planning and Management/Development
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Cartography
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Geography, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
  • Dance, General
  • Dance, Other
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Drawing
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Chellie Pingree
Maine's 1st District Congresswoman, former Pres., CEO of Common Cause

Gregory Stone
Sr VP Chf Scientist for Oceans Cons Intl, key in Phoenix Isl Marine Preserv

Nell Newman
CEO of Newman's Own Organics - Second Generation

Juan Hoffmaister
Works extensively on UN negotiations around climate change

Philip B. Kunhardt, III
Documentary producer, author; and founder of NYU's Transformative Lives Ctr

Jay McNally
Founder, former CEO, Ibis Consulting, renowned electronic data analytics co

Amy Toensing
National Geographic photographer

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bang For Your Buck

Attending the College of the Atlantic will cost students around $48,500 annually between tuition ($38,000), room and board ($9,000), books and supplies ($600), and other required fees ($549). Students graduate with an average indebtedness of $22,000. Some 87 percent of incoming freshmen receive need-based grants or scholarships.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,765

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,578

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,722

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,926

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,656

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,535
Required Fees
$549
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

One thing is for sure about College of the Atlantic, most students consider themselves “fairly liberal” and “very individualistic.” Some are a little put off by the latter saying “at times it seems like an almost requirement,” but most seem to love the idea that they have opportunities to express themselves. One student says, “We wear plaid. We play music. We swim in the ocean in the middle of winter,” a statement that most students would seem to agree sums up a good deal of the student population. Despite focusing on individualism, most everyone agrees that the entirety of the student body is “respectful, supportive, and passionate” about their fellow students. There is a “friendly” nature that pervades the population, and that sort of friendly nature, “makes up for [its] small size.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
378
Out of State
79%

International
19%
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

2.90%
Asian
7.10%
Hispanic
83.87%
Caucasian
2.90%
Unknown
19.03%
International

70% female
30% male
79% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Because each person is taught that “voices and actions count,” most students tend to focus on the sustainability efforts within campus and participate in one of the college’s many groups. The college allows students to “give faculty reviews” and “even [participate] in the hiring of the staff,” making them even more active players in their education. Most students tend to be “outdoorsy,” and being on an island just off the coast, there is plenty for students to do. Given that the campus is adjacent to Acadia National park, many cite “hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, contradancing, sailboating, and more” as just a few of the many options. There is also “a lot to do on-campus with student art installations,” and two of the most recent additions to campus include a student-built “greenhouse at Beech Hill Farm” and “a root cellar.” The “very small town” of Bar Harbor attracts many students on the weekends who are looking for a break from campus.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
98
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
12
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
None


Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: COA students offer a student-run support group. Our health services clinic also provides counseling on issues related to gender.

Minority Support Groups: COA students have an international students group.

Sustainability

In the spring of 2013, the college adopted an Energy Framework which lays out steps to meet its energy needs by using local and renewable energy sources and to eventually become a fossil fuel-free campus. Implementation will involve students through hands-on, interdisciplinary classes and student-led projects to inspire and educate students to conceive of and implement similar work at larger scales in the world. Already, COA classes have researched, sited, and installed solar panels and a wind turbine on campus. These add to the college’s baseline renewables and environmentally sound building practices. COA routinely conducts energy audits of the campus with the goal of making existing buildings more energy-efficient. The college also focuses on providing local and organic food to its students, faculty and staff; COA has its own organic farm twelve miles from campus, which supplies the cafeteria with produce as the seasons permit. A new livestock farms produces broiler chickens for campus. An electric van charged by solar panels provides transportation between the farms and campus; the campus solar charger is open to the public for free. That said, the school is keen to note that “all food waste is composted.” In fact, with designated composting bins in the cafeteria as well as every dorm (not to mention recycling bins for plastic, glass, and paper in every building and on almost every floor), there’s no excuse at COA not to compost and recycle. The college also takes a proactive approach to teaching sustainability in the classroom through its Sustainable Foods Systems Program, which explores how COA’s work in organic agriculture can be applied to larger food system issues, as well as its Sustainable Business Program, which focuses on environmentally and socially focused strategies to encourage positive change, while another program focuses on environmental diplomacy empowering students to become youth leaders in international negotiations.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
35%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
9

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
University of Maine Computer Connection

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Donna McFarland
Associate Director of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone
800-528-0025

Email
inquiry@coa.edu or dlm@coa.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History
Deering Common Community Center
The pier
Turrets
Blair Dining Hall (aka Take-A-Break)
College of the Atlantic is located between the ocean and the hills of Acadia National Park. It's a beautiful spot to visit during any season. The campus has recently completed state-of-the-art sustainable housing and a creative restoration of an historic building into a similarly sustainable campus center. These are also very popular spots for visitors. But our library is a welcome environment overlooking the ocean, our Blair Dining Hall (aka Take-A-Break) is our meeting spot, our food is delicious, and there's now a little cafe, Sea Urchins Cafe, in the lovely Deering Common Community Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain
Kayaking Frenchman Bay
Shopping in Bar Harbor
Popovers at Jordan Pond House
College of the Atlantic is an oceanside campus located between the Atlantic Ocean and Acadia National Park. A visit to the college can be combined with a visit to Acadia National Park, and (depending on the season) hikes, kayaking trips, x-country skiing, and an enjoyment of the island atmosphere.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8-4
800-528-0025

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
by appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High school seniors and transfer students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Regularly scheduled flights are available to Bar Harbor Airport and to Bangor International Airport. Bus service is available to Bar Harbor, Bangor, and Ellsworth, though service to Bar Harbor is limited in winter. Taxis are available year-round.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving from the south, take Interstate 95 north to Interstate 395 in Bangor (exit 182A). Follow Interstate 395 to Re 1A Ellsworth (Exit 6). From Ellsworth, follow Rte 3 east to Bar Harbor. Keep left after crossing the bridge onto Mount Desert Island. College of the Atlantic is on the ocean side of Rte. 3, about 19 miles from the Ellsworth shopping district, eight miles from the head of Mount Desert Island and one-quarter mile beyond the Nova Scotia Ferry Terminal. Turn left at the COA entrance and park in the provided areas. The admission office is located on the first floor of Kaelber Hall, under the arch to the right.

Local Accommodations
Nearby accommodations include: Atlantic Oceanside Hotel (1-800-336-2463); Aurora Inn - closed winter - (1-800-841-8925); Seacroft Inn - seasonal - (1-800-824-9694); Acadia Inn - seasonal -(1-800-638-3636).
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Key Stats

429
Applicants
378
Size
71%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists