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College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate61%
Acceptance Rate61%

About College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic Overview

College of the Atlantic is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Bar Harbor, Maine. College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 and now enrolls around 376 students a year, including 374 undergrad students. College of the Atlantic provides housing for up to 235 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to College of the Atlantic for Fall 2023 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at College of the Atlantic!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of College of the Atlantic's theater groups.

College of the Atlantic does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? College of the Atlantic has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at College of the Atlantic on the Student Life page.

2022 College of the Atlantic Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Trimester
Overall Acceptance Rate 61%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 77%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 12%
Tuition $44,280
Percent of Need Met 98%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $42,464

Is College of the Atlantic a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what College of the Atlantic offers and if the school might be the right college for you.

College of the Atlantic Acceptance Rate 2022

College of the Atlantic is very difficult to get into. Around 61% of applicants get into College of the Atlantic each year. Last year, 525 students applied to College of the Atlantic and 321 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of the Atlantic

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 81% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at College of the Atlanticcome back their sophomore year. College of the Atlantic's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 67%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for College of the Atlantic Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 75% of graduates from College of the Atlantic recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with College of the Atlantic directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

College of the Atlantic's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

College of the Atlantic's endowment was valued at $81.8 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, College of the Atlantic spends about $17,462 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at College of the Atlantic

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

College of the Atlantic meets 98% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $42,464 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $29,631 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at College of the Atlantic.

Based on this information, how does College of the Atlantic sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is College of the Atlantic a good school for you?

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Where is College of the Atlantic?

College of the Atlantic is located in the small town setting of Bar Harbor, Maine.

If you are interested in seeing College of the Atlantic for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Bar Harbor, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Hancock County-Bar Harbor.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what College of the Atlantic and Bar Harbor are like without leaving home.

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College Info

105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1198

Campus Setting: Small Town

College of the Atlantic Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to College of the Atlantic is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to College of the Atlantic is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

College of the Atlantic ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


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28 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to College of the Atlantic is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into College of the Atlantic. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

College of the Atlantic SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

600 - 660


Reading SAT Range

670 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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and Above




and Less


College of the Atlantic Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at College of the Atlantic is like? There are approximately 376 students enrolled at College of the Atlantic, including 374 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 20% percent are from ME and 80% percent of students are from other states.


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