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Location
Bar Harbor, ME
Undergrads
309
Tuition
$37,701
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Senior

Facilities: A Unique, Interdisciplinary, Independent Learning Experience – Anyone who has heard of COA knows that there's something different about it. It's still sometimes called "experimental" and I think that it totally is. With under 350 students, it's one of the smallest colleges in the country, but yet we have a huge proportion of international students. The campus is beautiful... we're carbon neutral right now (go composting toilets!) but considering going off of carbon credits and working more on our own sustainable practices by getting more local food (we use a ton already from Beech Hill Farm, owned by our school), reducing electricity usage, etc. Because the school is so small, class sizes are small, and you work so closely with other students and your professors to actually learn useful things. We all share the same major, Human Ecology, which is about interdisciplinary thinking and interaction. Everyone does something different with it. At COA you can design your own curriculum, even your own courses if you want, and focus on things more important than taking required courses that you're not interested in, or memorizing a hundred things for some exam that you'll forget about next term. You have to do an internship and a Senior Project to graduate. Tons of people at the school do hands-on research, write their own novels, create educational programs, exhibits, and more. I'm always learning something from my fellow students. Everyone knows each other and you genuinely care about the overarching themes that pervade the whole community (health, the economy, the environment). It's one big family. There is no "Greek Life..." so many of these questions just aren't applicable. There's no sports team, although there's Water Polo at the Y and everyone is awesome in the outdoors (real sports, haha). There's no other school like it. If it's for you, you'll know.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Getting Involved Is Easy and Rewarding – With such a large faculty/staff to student ratio, you have the opportunity to get to know your professors (and everyone else!) really well. I've been invited to dinner at faculty's house, had lunch with the president, and gone mini golfing with staff. Take every opportunity to get involved in the community, and you will be tremendously rewarded. There's nothing more pleasing than walking to class and stopping to talk to everyone you see on the way.

2 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Lacking Where It Counts – COA just built a new student life building, but it's useless except for eating at the cafe or doing homework. There aren't any real activity spots. There is no gym -- you have to walk or drive to the nearest Y. The science labs are extremely outdated, and the library is extremely small, though the people there are willing to get you whatever you need through ILL. COA's one saving grace is the writing center -- an awesome resource for people who need helping at any point in the writing process.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The school lacks a gym, but there is the YMCA about a mile away. Bar Harbor lacks public transportation, particularly in winter, so you can only go at all these certain times when the school shuttle runs. Our community center is really just a few rooms and some study spaces with a meditation room, but it is cozy. Our library is rather small, but it is nice with lots of individual desks to work at as well as round tables. There are also some computers for student use. We also have a computer lab, but sometimes it fails to serve all the students who use it, so it's essential to use it when others aren't (eg don't be there at 12:55 to print off a paper due for a 1pm class). Take-a-Break is definitely the hub of campus, though. It is our dining hall, but people hang out there all the time to do homework and study with their friends. Faculty, staff and students also have some meetings in there.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 142nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 918th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1072nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1244th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1290th
    Best Library

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Service & Maintenance Staff
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Campus Library?
Yes
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 8 responses

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  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 43% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 43% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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