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Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some housing is better than others. All options would have little complaints I imagine.

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.

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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.

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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.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The quality of campus housing can vary distinctly depending on housing assignments. While they all have perks and downsides, the larger housing options are often less desirable. Overall however, the housing is better than many larger schools.


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