College of the Atlantic Profile

Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic (COA) is a private, alternative liberal-arts college located in the U.S. state of Maine.

Areas of study include Arts and Design, Environmental Science, Human Studies, Ecological Planning and Policy, Educational Studies, Field Ecology and Conservation Biology, Marine Studies, International Studies, Literature and Writing, Sustainable Business, Sustainable Food Systems.

The College's students and alumni have received prestigious national awards such as: Watson Fellowship, Morris K. Udall Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace, George C. Marshall Fellowship, Gilman Fellowship, and NASA Space Grant.

College of the Atlantic is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Ranking Profile:

- Placed among Tier 3 Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report 2010.

- Princeton Review includes COA in its best colleges book, noting COA's active, engaged students, vibrant class discussions, great financial aid and close awareness of the environment.

- It stands with the top 10 percent of the 643 colleges and universities that participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

- Named one of the best education values in the country in Princeton Reviews 2008 survey and one of 11 colleges on its Green Honor Roll.

- In 2007 Grist.org called COA the most sustainable college or university in the world.

- It was ranked 5th in Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools" list of colleges that consider the environment in their institutional and academic efforts.

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