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
455
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.56

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
37%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
580 - 690
SAT Math
530 - 640
ACT Composite
25 - 33

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

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
42
with Terminal Degree
32

24
Men
18
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
81%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,233

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,741

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,625

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,285

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,942
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 College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

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

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
362
Out of State
83%

International
19%
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

2.33%
Asian
1.66%
African-American
6.31%
Hispanic
83.06%
Caucasian
2.99%
Unknown
18.60%
International

67% female
33% male
83% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

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
42%
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.

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

Admissions Office 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

455
Applicants
362
Size
73%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

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