Review praises College of the Atlantic

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2017 edition of its flagship college guide, “The Best 381 Colleges” (Penguin Random House/Princeton Review).

COA ranks among the top 20 in 9 categories, including No. 2 for LGBTQ-Friendly and No. 6 for Best Campus Food. COA comes in at No. 11 for Professors Get High Marks, No. 16 for Most Beautiful Campus and No. 20 for Best College Dorms.

The school received a 99 out of 99 “Green” rating, which measures COA’s commitment to the sustainability and the environment in its policies, practices and education programs. COA is included on The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, along with just two-dozen schools nationally.

“There are thousands of colleges in the country, and it’s fantastic to be recognized as one of the best in so many categories,” College of the Atlantic president Darron Collins ’92 said. “I think more than anything it speaks to the dedication that our faculty, staff and students have for this institution.”

In its profile on COA, The Princeton Review praises it for its “unique educational model [which] helps students ‘merge [their] talents/interests in a meaningful and applicable way,’ and allows for graduate-level research and real-world work experience at the undergraduate level.”

The guide quotes extensively from COA students the company surveyed for the book. Among their comments: “We are constantly thinking about the latest environmental/social justice issue and thoughtful debates about these subjects happen at every meal” and “COA is a college and a community that demands cognizance, compassion and trust.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides.

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