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Reviews 101 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: COA is a fantastic school. That being said, it's not for everyone and it might not be for you. If you're looking to major in Chemical Engineering, go to grad school, etc., it's not for you. If you want a rigid education focused on one subject, COA is not right for you. COA is interdisciplinary. If you've looked into the college at all, you've undoubtedly heard this. If you're really interested in biology but also journalism, or math but also art, or climate politics and theatre, this is for you. You shape your own education by picking classes that make sense for your specific route.

Above all, I have to say the professors is what makes the school shine. They're not there for the pay. They're there for the students. All students have an advisor with whom they regularly meet, an advisor who will provide advice, help, and bend over backwards to make sure the student has the opportunities they desire. And of course, they're knowledgeable in their subjects. Classes rarely have more than 20 students each and professors are as a result super attentive to students. Lots of one-on-one time.

We're a weird school. We're so far left that we can sometimes be intolerant. We're super small, we have a very abnormal (yet wonderful) culture, but it's all worth it if you want an interdisciplinary education with a focus on community. Financial Aid is really quite good, especially considering the size and cost. If you're unsure, at least pay the campus a visit.

In a world where more and more colleges appear to be becoming businesses focused on profit, COA is a clear exception. Students, faculty and staff are the ones that make policies. The school cares deeply about its students. If you want a clear-cut, specific-major education, a state school will suit you just fine (and be much more affordable.) If you're looking something more alternative, COA might be a good option for you—check out its website and message some students—we're happy to talk.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process needed to go though to receive financial aid is not too difficult. All that is needed to do is fill out the FAFSA and accompanying paperwork.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The on-campus housing is wonderful in the sense that it is so close to everything else on campus. Since each house or section does not typically have more than 8 residents, it allows people to form strong bonds between housemates.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: The internship/career service department is run by one woman steeped in the value of bureaucracy for bureaucracy's sake. Most graduates who want to pursue a higher degree in a science field find they need to augment their COA education with more classes elsewhere. Whatever an admissions officer tells you, trying to attend medical or veterinary school, or a STEM field graduate program after COA is not what the program is designed for. Whether it's in your first year of course work in grad school or you take a year off, you will need to take Chemistry and Physics somewhere else.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty hard to find off campus housing.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Bar Harbor is a tourist town, which means you can't afford to eat here.

3 College Senior

Administration: Campus is pretty lenient in general.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: TAB is not typical cafeteria food and makes some great meals. They also make terrible Pad Thai and creations they claim are tacos. There are always vegan and vegetarian versions of whatever is being served. Meals can be expensive, but leftovers are very cheap. It's not worth $2000 for a full meal plan. It's 10 weeks of meals, meaning $200 a week for food.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Your housing experience can be excellent if you are lucky enough to get a spot in the new housing in the village or in Seafox, but living on the East side of campus is exclusively substance-free housing, so 21+ students who want to drink in non-dilapidated rooms may be out of luck. The older dorms and houses are in various states of disrepair ranging from average dorm-wear in Blair Tyson to flooded basements and mold in Carriage and Cottage houses. All housing is run as a community household complete with a full kitchen. Kitchen responsibilities can be new to students and those spaces typically become an unusable mess.

The college does not have traditional amenities like a gym, and instead includes the cost of a YMCA membership in its fees. The Y's amenities are what you should expect in a small town. The college also sponsors yoga, tai-chi and zumba classes in the auditorium. COA claims to have a climbing wall, which might be a bit less than you are expecting.

The community is very tight-knit and prides itself on claiming the tag 'community.' That said, most of the school's social efforts to build campus revolve around those students who live on campus. I see the in-coming freshman every year form their own new community during their three-week orientation, and their community never really seems to link up with the already existing larger COA student body. The student body feels very stratified, and coming in as a transfer or even matriculating back as a sophomore can feel strained. The school focuses most on the freshman experience.

5 College Junior

Local Area: We live on Mount Desert Island and our backyard is Acadia National Park

4 College Junior

Transportation: The night bus runs every day from 6pm to 12am and stops at all the local spots. It takes students home and to the grocery store. During the winter term it runs every morning 8am to 11am picking up students to bring them to class.

5 College Junior

Parking: All you have to do is tell buildings and grounds you have a car and they give you a sticker. Everyone is allowed to have a car on campus and commuters have plenty of spaces to park. There are no fees or tickets or costs for having a car on campus. Most people get along fine with just bicycles.

1 College Junior

Athletics: We do not have any sports teams. We do have a running club.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There a ton of places to eat. You can bet there is seafood served up everywhere and there is a local vegan/vegetarian restaurant. There is Chinese, Mexican, American, seafood, Thai, Japanese, and Mediterranean.

5 College Junior

Academics: 1 Major. Human Ecology. It includes all of the classes with no general education requirements and it is designed completely by you and your future goals.

5 College Junior

Academics: Our professors work with you with a teacher to student ratio of 1:11 you can spend so much time working one on one. They are all very accessible too, either through office hours or via email.

5 College Junior

Technology: There are 5 computer labs on campus and there is always an open computer even during the busiest of school times. There are also very up to date technology all over campus. Our network reliability is wonderful and our IT staff is so nice and will help you with problems very quickly. There is also a network available in every building and dorm on campus, but also all over campus so outside on the lawn and on the pier. The speed is awesome and I was always able to stream movies without too much buffering. Printing is free on campus, so you do not want to bring a printer.

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5 College Junior

Majors: There is only one major. There is no competition of getting into specific areas because you get to choose each and every single one of your classes and your focus area can be one of a kind. There may never have been a student to take the exact same path that you chose and that's awesome! When applying we love to see who you are and get a great sense of how you will fit in here. If you can let us know why you want to be here and give us an interesting story or some personal work to get to know you. We also do not require ACT/SAT test scores, so if your worried that is why you won't get in, choose not to share them.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Like I said above, we all have the same major but choose our own focus areas and topics that we want to study. The workload is three classes per trimester, but it is just as heavy as a 5 or 6 class semester. It is packed into 3 ten-week terms and it moves fast, but only having three courses offers you more time to spend on each class and really get a deeper, broader learning experience every class. You can choose any internship that works for you and we have a wonderful list of internships students have done in the past. We also have one dedicated faculty member who will help you find the perfect internship for you.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: We live in a seasonal community so in the winter time your choices are slimmed down quite a bit. During the tourist season there are a lot of restaurants and bars to go to. If you really want to go to a club or get a different variety, head to Bangor (1 hour away) or Portland for the weekend (3 hours away).

4 College Junior

Diversity: We have a pretty diverse range of students, with 17% of our students from international countries.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: You get to live in a beautiful new England home as a freshman. Our new dorms are all sustainable and run off of a boiler system and boast composting toilets. The other homes are older, but beautiful and each carry their own unique feel. The social atmosphere is so nice because everyone is so close to each other and can interact at all the activities, but still find time to be to themselves if they need it.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: We have two of our very own farms where we grow fresh organic vegetables and just starting growing livestock. We are now able to have all of that in our meal plans. We are ranked among the top 10 for best vegan and vegetarian schools and we offer great quality, home-cooked meals that everyone can enjoy.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: This is exactly where I an supposed to be. I am a transfer student and I wish I could have found this when I first looked at schools so that I could spend another year here.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have a greek life. Now everyone can meet and make friends within all sorts of areas and types of people and there is a much greater sense of community.

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