College of the Atlantic: Fall Fly-In

From the website:

The Fall Fly-In program is an opportunity for strong students to experience a COA education firsthand.

The Fall Fly-In is a competitive program for prospective COA Presidential Scholars. If we select you for the program, we will cover the cost of your trip to the college and provide meals and housing while you’re here! During the Fall Fly-In students visit classes, join in discussions with faculty and students, and participate in field trips in Acadia National Park and around Mount Desert Island. Experience meals in COA’s dining hall, including a special Saturday brunch with faculty, staff, and students and a dinner hosted by COA president Darron Collins. Tour campus, have an admission interview, and show off your talents in our Open Mic night! And finally, experience dorm life during your overnight stays with current COA students. 


Eligibility: For high school seniors attending school in the U.S.

Application deadline: July 15

Application decision: Early August 

The Fall Fly-In application is due by July 15 and includes the following: 

  • Application form

  • Responses to two short essay questions (part of online application form)*

    • The Fall Fly-In is designed for students who are seriously considering attending College of the Atlantic. Please briefly describe why you think COA could be a good fit for you. (Recommended length: 250-500 words)

    • COA students have a wide range of passions, perspectives, and backgrounds, but they typically share a spirit of intellectual curiosity, self-motivation, and sincere desire to make a positive difference in the world. Tell us about a recent experience that inspired or intellectually challenged you, or one that motivated you to take action. You may want to reflect on what sparked your curiosity, how your perspective shifted, or what questions this experience raised for you.  (Recommended length: 300-650 words)

  • High school transcript (Mailed or e-mailed separately by July 15)

  • Resume or list of activities/experiences (Mailed or e-mailed separately by July 15)

*Important: Once you start the online application form, you will not be able to save your work. Take some time to craft your responses to the two short essay questions before you start filling out the application. 

The Fall Fly-In is a highly selective program; this means there are many strong students each year who are not selected to participate in this event but are offered admission to the college. If you aren’t accepted into the Fall Fly-In, don’t despair: you may still be a strong candidate for COA and for the Presidential Scholarship. All students admitted to COA are considered for merit scholarships including the Presidential Scholarship, regardless of whether they have participated in the Fall Fly-In.

Questions? Contact the admission office at 800-528-0025 or email


Additional Fall Fly-In application materials may be submitted to: 


mail: Office of Admission
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609