BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic is among the top 100 colleges in the nation, says U.S. News & World Report. According to the annual “America’s Best Colleges,” released today, COA has a rank of 90 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. The report also places the college as #12 in the nation in its “Best Value College” list—combining excellence in education with an awareness of economics.
“It’s great to see that a college that has such an innovative approach to education as COA keeps ascending in the rankings,” says COA President Darron Collins, PhD, a 1992 alumnus. “Still, it is difficult to quantify things like the nature of the student-teacher connection, our experiential, transdisciplinary approach to learning, and our ability to know and mentor each student as they design their own curriculum.”
Other aspects of COA are recognized by US News & World Reports, among them COA’s international campus, with 17 percent of students coming from 33 nations outside the United States. According to the magazine, COA is fourth among all liberal arts colleges in the nation for its high percentage of international students.
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.