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Dec 10 2014Other
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COA is just what I wanted in a college experience: Small, in a beautiful area, with a community feel. There is a real commitment to individual students here. It's more challenging than I thought it would be, but ...that's good, I guess.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
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Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Maintenance: B-
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COA is the only school I applied to. I stepped onto campus as a visiting high school student and knew, this was the place for me. The faculty and staff at the college are welcoming and helpful, they care about students and show it. The classes are challenging, if you want them to be. It's all what you make of it. Of course you can skate by doing the bare minimum or you can the assigned reading and more. Faculty members encourage students to discover what they are interested in. COA gives students the chance to create Independent Studies and Group Studies, where students design the course they want to take, everything for what they will learn, how they will learn it and how they will be evaluated. I think the education I have received at College of the Atlantic is incredibly valuable and I would recommend the school to anyone. As far as the social scene is considered COA is a community. COA is a very small school, everyone knows everyone. The parties can be fun, especially in the winter. Don't think COA is a big party school however. If you're looking for a good time though, it's here. We have Acadia National Park in our backyard! Even as someone who doesn't like to hike or be outside for too long, I go the park almost every day. Always out adventuring. COA is an adventure and you'll meet some of the most amazing people here. The students are COA are individuals with passion and creativity.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
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Useful Schoolwork: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C+
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Though the academics are superb and the classes are innovative and challenging the overall student experience is awful. Everyone stays in groups, you're constantly criticized for not being as environmentally friendly as they are, and above all else most seem to be racist. Not outwardly, but by their actions its obvious. If you are a white, middle class hippie you'll fit right in here. If not, while you may enjoy your classes day to day interaction will kill you.
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Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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