College of the Atlantic: Narrative Description

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105 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1198
Tel: (207)288-5015
Free: 800-528-0025
Fax: (207)288-4126
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 35-acre small town campus. Endowment: $14.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $501,381. Educational spending 2003-04: $8351 per student. Total enrollment: 283. Faculty: 30 (19 full-time, 11 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 255 applied, 67% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 81% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 2 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 23 student government officers. Full-time: 260 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 12 students, 83% women, 17% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 31 other countries, 69% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 0% Hispanic, 0.4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 19% international, 5% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 91% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: 3 10-week terms. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Maine, Landing School of Boatbuilding, SEA Education Association, Shoal's Marine Laboratory, Ecoleague consortium: Alaska Pacific University, Antioch College, Green Mountain College, Northland College and Prescott College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 12/1 for early decision plan 1, 1/10 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/25 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $31,977 includes full-time tuition ($24,870), mandatory fees ($375), and college room and board ($6732). College room only: $4161. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $8290 per term. Part-time mandatory fees: $125 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Outing Club, Environmental Awareness Club, Students for a Free Tibet, All-Campus Meeting, choral group. Major annual events: Beech Hill Farm Harvest, Earth Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 103 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Thorndike Library with 50,000 books, 37,000 microform titles, 3,000 serials, 302,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $223,056. 53 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island's natural environment provide excellent opportunities for environmental studies. Cooperative resource sharing is available with the Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Acadia National Park and the local school system. In the summer, Bar Harbor is supported by the tourist trade. Other businesses which provide for the local economy are boatbuilding, fishing, and lobstering. Bar Harbor is easily accessible by Bar Harbor Airlines, Greyhound Bus or automobile via State Routes 1 and 3.

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