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College of the Atlantic

United States
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About College of the Atlantic

Established in 1969, College of the Atlantic is a private college of the liberal arts. It is located in Bar Harbor, Maine. College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy which is human ecology.

College of the Atlantic has a single major which is human ecology. However, it will expose you to the world in a comprehensive way and not only a segmented way. Students will have the opportunity to create their own unique educational experiences within a flexible but demanding education framework.

College of the Atlantic is ranked highly for its academic program, environmental commitment, diversity of student body, generous financial aid packages, campus beauty, and food. Sierra Magazine has also placed this college in the top five of "green" colleges.

Campus information

College of the Atlantic has a residential life program that fosters a collaborative living environment within a close-knit academic community. The on-campus housing includes both residence halls and houses.

Princeton Review includes this college in its best colleges book, noting COA's active, engaged students, vibrant class discussions, great financial aid and close awareness of the environment.

In addition, U.S. News and World Reports has noted that small classes and high percentage of international students in College of the Atlantic.

Downtown Bar Harbor is a mile from campus of this college.  Acadia National Park is just as close. COA runs a shuttle to and from town several times each evening so that students can easily get to the grocery store, the YMCA or Reel Pizza. 


Acacia House

  • Tucked away in the heart of town, the Acacia is affordable, friendly and a little bit funky.
  • Open year-round / alumni-owned

Acadia Hotel

  • Surrounded by shops, galleries, and restaurants, the Acadia Hotel is Bar Harbor’s only hotel situated on the historic Village Green.
  • Open year-round

Atlantic Oceanside

  • Our Maine oceanfront hotel offers guests waterfront access to gorgeous Frenchman Bay in a distinguished resort setting.
  • Open year-round

Bluenose Inn

  • Ocean views and elegant accommodations on the ‘Most Beautiful Island in America.'
  • Open seasonally / 15% discount available upon booking (mention COA)

Graycote Inn

  • The Graycote, built in 1881 as a private residence, is ideally located on a large lot on a quiet side street in the Village of Bar Harbor.
  • Open year-round

Wonder View Inn

  • The Wonder View Inn is a pet-friendly property that sits high on a hilltop offering one of Bar Harbor’s premiere hotel locations.
  • Open seasonally / 15% discount available upon booking (mention COA)


Courses available 10

Agriculture Studies 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Business, Management 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 4


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