A best kept secret, College of the Atlantic, is perched on Frenchman’s Bay, five minutes from Acadia National Park in one direction, and five minutes from the bustling town of Bar Harbor in the other.
A small college with approximately 300 students, COA has been recognized as the “greenest” college in the United States. With its expansive ocean views from from classrooms, the Dining Hall and the Library – and boasting its own beach and pier – COA is one of the bluest too!
But that’s not the only reason why we are returning for our seventh summer. COA has a special vibe that goes beyond its expansive oceanfront location. It’s relaxing, enlivening and inspiring. And along with that, it welcoming, friendly and engaging community of people. Our groups are welcomed with appreciation of what the music brings to the campus. .
We’’re proud to be part of this rich summer campus community. In July and August, we will be one of several programs at the College. The campus becomes a hub of environmental learning for students of all ages. Our concerts are attended by faculty and summer participants. And it’s not unusual to find a COA student taking a class when their work schedule permits!
Our classes are held in the Thorndike and Deering Commons buildings — each overlooking Frenchman’s Bay. For those of us needing a bit of caffeine, coffee and tea is available in Turrets during the day. The College boasts a modern concert facility, Gates Auditorium, where we hold our student and faculty concerts at the end of the week. Evening jams and activities are typically held in the Great Room of Turrets.
A note about jamming. Each of the dorm units have common rooms which are well suited to jamming, and the courtyard “green” is also a favorite place. Jamming is an important part of camp life, but out of consideration for those who turn in early, we ask that you not play music in the dorms or courtyard past 10:00pm, as the sound filters into the rooms. For the night owls among us (and there usually are many!), there is no curfew on jamming in Turrets, or on the portico outside the dining hall.
Internet access is available 24/7 on campus. WIFI is available in designated locations. Students receive a WIFI Form PRIOR to arrival so the College can arrange access prior to your arrival.
Phones are available in the dorms, but require a calling card for outgoing long distance calls. During the day, messages can be left with the College reception office. While there is cell coverage on campus, reception can be inconsistent in certain areas.
Laundry facilities are available on campus.