Location
Bar Harbor, ME
Undergrads
309
Tuition
$37,701
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 98 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: College of the Atlantic was rated most vegan friendly college. The food is versatile and mostly organic. The vegetables are mostly delivered from the school-owned farm.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: 17% at College of the Atlantic are international students. Most of them have graduated from one of the United World Colleges.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The Academics at College of the Atlantic are amazing. The common major is Human Ecology which is focussed on interdisciplinary. This gives us the option of taking courses from many different academic areas at the same time. For Example I took Animation, Human Relations and a Psychology course all at once. The year is divided into trimesters. Per trimester we take 3 classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: During the tourist season there's a large variety of different restaurants that range in cost, and even during the off-season there are cheap places near campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There is only one undergraduate degree offered at College of the Atlantic which is Human Ecology. This degree allows students to explore multiple subjects of interest. For example, students can study ceramics, law, and politics all at the same time. It is great being able to shape your degree in this way.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: College of the Atlantic is a drug-free campus. Campus housing is divided into substance/substance-free. Substance housing refers to students being allowed to store alcohol in their rooms (if older than 21). There is no pressure to partake in any activities.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: College of the Atlantic is a small institution with a large community feel. The campus feels incredibly safe, warm, and welcoming. Staff, faculty, students are known on a first name basis. This ethos creates an ideal working environment.

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4 College Senior

Computers: After taking a class in design, you have completely access to the graphics lab. You can use the lab 24/7. There are Macs with huge screens and all of them have the Adobe Creative Suite and FinalCut. There are also huge printers for printing posters up to 44 inches wide.

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4 College Senior

Majors: At COA, you get to design your own curriculum. Everyone majors in Human Ecology but you are in charge of deciding what classes you want to take. Additionally, your internship and senior project allow you to focus on a particular area and give you work and life experience to prepare you for the next step after COA.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Students have the option to live in a larger dorm or in a small house. People get to know each other really well and there is a great on-campus community. Every Sunday night Community Dinners happen in houses on-campus for residents to cook together, talk over issues and for RA's and residents to get to know each other.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: There are no formal sports at COA but students are active whether it means going out into Acadia National Park or joining a pick up game of soccer on the front lawn. Students also have a membership to the YMCA in town.

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4 College Junior

Majors: COA has one major, which is Human Ecology. You can combine all of your interests or focus on something specific. You don't have to worry about changing your major as your interests evolve.
The only downside is that it is hard to explain to people what Human Ecology is.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Most people have their own laptop, and if anyone does not there are multiple computer labs available.
Wireless access sometimes goes down in certain areas, but it's not too much trouble to relocate temporarily.
Printers are available in the library and computer labs - no need to have your own.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Classes are small and the professors are amazing. There aren't too many required classes, so there is plenty of room for exploring your interests. Because COA is a small school, not all classes are offered every year, and sometimes the options feel limited. But there is always the option of doing an independent study in a subject of your choosing.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: We have a night bus that comes to the school and can drop you off at various places in town. They give you their number through email so you can contact them.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of many different races and religions here. We have a lot of UWC students from all over the world. It is nice to have different people from various backgrounds on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have a really great financial aid package and I received a lot of help and support in the process.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school is very strict about visitors and super relaxed about pot use. As far as alcohol. If you are 21 or older, in your room with the door shut, and any other people in your room with the alcohol are also 21 or older then you are okay. How they try to enforce this, I don't know. Seems to me like they can't. They only positive thing about enforcement here on campus is that they take physical threats very seriously.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There is a small computer lab and a few computers in the library. Also, you can borrow one from the IT department. However, the internet is a repeater and therefore unreliable. So, if you don't mind spotty internet you're fine. Printing is one thing that is easy to do although there are usually no staplers in the computer lab and occasionally it gets jammed.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at this school is great if you are a vegan. I cannot eat soy or large amounts of sugar, so eating here is detrimental to my health. There are very few simple meat options. When they do serve meat it is highly seasoned. Also, I have no idea what the seasoning are or what the food is cooked in as it isn't clearly labeled. There are very few options as it is a tiny school. I.E. there is a choice between vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and sometimes a meat option.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Bar Harbor is a smaller seasonal community, so there are a lot of homes and apartments that the landlords rent to coa students. The problems arise when more and more students want to live off campus. There is also a problem with shoulder season, that some landlords wont allow students to move in until october because their businesses are still open and are housing summer employees or summer renters. So you need to look early in advance and there are a ton of places to live for the school year. The prices are relatively cheap, the heating bill can get a little high in the winter in maine, but it all depends on how you want to use that utility. The homes vary in size and varity and you can also live outside of bar harbor if you have transportation. All housing can be found within walking distance and COA provides a day bus and night bus to housing and town for students.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: College of the Atlantic's drug scene is not in your face and its also not non-existent. There are options to live in substance free housing on campus, which means no drugs or alcohol are allowed in the dorm. Then there are substance allowed housing where students over 21 are allowed to have alcohol in their rooms, but not common areas. There are parties and kids drink, smoke and do drugs, but there is no pressure to do any of these things. There is no judgement if you choose not to participate, but if you want to you can and no one will judge you for that either. Drinking and smoking are the most common and drinking is the most social of all drug activities. There is also VERY few instances of hard drug usage.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at COA is amazing. Our cafeteria, Take-A-Break (or TAB for short), serves really delicious, wholesome food. A lot of our produce comes from the local farms that students manage. TAB also takes good care of people with special dietary needs including vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free. Alternatively, you can go to Sea Urchin cafe for smoothies and sandwiches for lunch. The full meal plan is a bit expensive, but it's definitely worth it, at least for your first year.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The RA team abides by a policy of care, compassion, then consequences. As long as you obey state and federal laws and don't drink in substance free housing, you are fine. Even if you cross a line, there won't be immediate harsh penalties for minor offenses.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The night watchmen are always only a phone call away. The main building burned down in the 1980's, so COA is very conscious about fire safety.

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