College of the Atlantic

105 Eden Street, Bar harbor, ME 4609
Tel: (207)288-5015
Public | 340 students
College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy--human ecology. A human ecological perspective integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate--and ultimately improve--the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities. The human ecological perspective guides all aspects of education, research, activism, and interactions among the college's students, faculty, staff, and trustees. The College of the Atlantic community encourages, prepares, and expects students to gain expertise, breadth, values, and practical experience necessary to achieve individual fulfillment and to help solve problems that challenge communities everywhere.

School Overview:

College of the Atlantic
CountyHancock County, ME
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate (Liberal Arts) Colleges I
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrs
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
34 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment340 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
319 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
21 students137 students
 
# Undergraduate Students
330 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
10 students129 students
 
% American Indian/Alaskan
-1%
% Asian
-2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
5%3%
% Black
-6%
% White
95%84%
% Two or more races
-2%
 
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$37,701$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$37,701$24,744
 
Percent Admitted71%64%

School Notes:

  • COA is a small school, but with a major difference - literally. All students major in Human Ecology, the study of our relationship with our environment. This major gives you the flexibility to design your own course of study. It's all about creativity, investigation, engagement, and community.
  • Living on the COA campus isn't quite like living on a normal college campus. First of all, you can't get lost, and it only takes about five minutes to get from one end to the other. The COA campus is also located in a great spot, right on Frenchman Bay, with a pier to swim off, and plenty of quiet spots to get away from it all. Acadia National Park is also within walking distance, with many miles of hikes, carriage trails, mountains, forest, and rocky shoreline to explore and enjoy. The park is also home to many different kinds of wildlife, including eagles, fox, osprey, mink, otters, deer, moose, and more.
  • Ultimately, our mission is not only to understand our relationships with our environment, but also to do something to improve them. A degree in Human Ecology enables you to make a difference in your own way, whether you love science or the arts, education, public policy, or any other field.
  • There are also several student-staffed computer labs, a computer graphics/design studio, a geographic information systems lab, and several wireless access points in various places on campus, including the library, dining hall, and several classrooms. COA is fully engaged and committed to providing high quality, high speed, and reliable access to information networking and technology.
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