College of the Atlantic
103 reviews
  1. Bar Harbor, ME
  2. 4 Year
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there are no athletics depts
  • College Senior
  • 9 months ago
College of the Atlantic is a revolutionary school with a new approach to education. There's a greater focus on what moves you and how you can integrate your interests. It's Interdisciplinary in Interconnectedness, providing students with a chance to interpret the world around them as they please. Humans, and their developments on the landscape and on the creatures of biology, have become an unstoppable force. This force could use an ecological perspective to acknowledge the Interconnectedness of all happenings and humanly choices.
  • College Sophomore
  • 10 months ago
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 18 2015
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 4 2015
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 4 2015
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.
  • College Senior
  • Feb 13 2015
It's pretty hard to find off campus housing.
  • College Senior
  • Feb 13 2015
Bar Harbor is a tourist town, which means you can't afford to eat here.
  • College Senior
  • Feb 13 2015
Campus is pretty lenient in general.
  • College Senior
  • Feb 13 2015
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.
  • College Senior
  • Feb 13 2015
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.
  • College Senior
  • Feb 13 2015
We live on Mount Desert Island and our backyard is Acadia National Park
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
We do not have any sports teams. We do have a running club.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2013
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