College of the Atlantic offers experiential, self-directed, interdisciplinary learning on the Maine coast. COA students hold the freedom, and responsibility, of building their own educational paths. Each student designs their own course of study in human ecology-an exploration of the relationships between humans and their natural, cultural, and built environments. Even though they all have the same major, no two students have ever taken the same set of classes. And they don't have to choose just one area of study; COA encourages students to draw from different disciplines and get excited about the surprising connections between them. A COA education is purpose driven and engaged; it's about transforming thought into action to make a difference in the world. At just 350 students, 35 faculty, and 70 staff members, COA is a close-knit, supportive community that is an ideal environment for fostering creative collaboration and intellectual risk-taking. Every Wednesday at the student-moderated All College Meeting, COA students, staff, and faculty come together to shape the policies and practices that guide the college's operations. Students learn engaged citizenship by putting it into practice-in all its inspiring, frustrating, empowering, mundane, and messy glory. COA's location surrounded by Acadia National Park and the Atlantic Ocean isn't just a spectacular place to live and visit; it's a rich and multi-faceted laboratory for learning in the field. The pink granite mountains, spruce forests, island-studded bays, and miles of rugged coastline of Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island create a unique, inspiring environment for an expansive range of classes, activities, and projects. COA is premised on the belief that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is to enabling students to actively shape the future. COA is a leader in experiential learning and environmental stewardship, and has been named the #1 Green College in the U.S. by The Princeton Review since 2016. In 2021-22, the college celebrated its 50th academic year.