B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A
College of the Atlantic is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for College of the Atlantic

Cost

Net Price
$16,359/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,014/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,152/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,062/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,405/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,385/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.9 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.11 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.11 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
364Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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After College of the Atlantic

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$27,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.5 responses

College of the Atlantic Reviews

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This school is a wonderful place for people who either want to easily achieve a four-year degree without going too in depth into any subject, or who want to work incredibly hard to create opportunities for themselves to succeed. The school does not offer a very clear succession of courses, so it can often be hard to determine how to continue in an academic field that interests you. The culture is very unique, many love it, many don't. The only way to find out if it is for you is just to go there.
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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.
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.