Applying for Admission

First-Year Students

Students may begin the application process any time after the last semester of their junior year in high school. In order to be considered for admission, students should submit the following materials to the Admission Office, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, Idaho 83605:

  • An application for admission.
  • An official high school transcript that includes all work from the 9th grade to the date of application (see note on official transcripts below). Upon graduation, a final transcript must be submitted. GED scores may be presented in lieu of an official high school record provided the average score is 500 with no sub-score below 450.
  • A transcript of any college work attempted.
  • Note on official transcripts: Transcripts are official only when mailed directly from the school to the C of I or delivered in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution to the Admission Office. Colleges in Idaho and Treasure Valley Community College may fax official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Official ACT or SAT test scores.*

*The College will accept ACT/SAT test scores as official if they are printed on the high school transcript, sent directly from ACT/SAT to the C of I in electronic, disk, or paper form; or if the ACT/SAT paper scores are faxed directly from the high school to the College. Scores printed from the Internet are not official scores, so will not be used to award financial aid. Special allowances may be made for international students.

In addition, a short essay/personal statement and an evaluation letter from a teacher or guidance counselor is required.

Students who have graduated from high school at least two years prior to their anticipated date of enrollment and do not have ACT or SAT scores should consult with an admission counselor about test score and counselor and teacher evaluation requirements.

In addition, a personal interview and campus visit are recommended.

While there is no required pattern of high school study necessary for admission, the following combination is strongly recommended:

  • English: 4 years
  • Language: 3 years
  • History and Social Science: 4 years
  • Laboratory Science: 3 years
  • Mathematics: 4 years

NOTE: Students are required to disclose and include in their applications for admission official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Should a student fail to include official transcripts, that student will not be allowed to register for any semester beyond the first semester of attendance until the College has received official transcripts. Should a student fail to disclose attendance at another post-secondary institution and it is later brought to the attention of the College, that student’s credits will be accepted according to established procedures. However, the circumstances of the failure of disclosure on the application will be investigated by the VPAA or designee as an Honor Code violation. Should there be any evidence of deception or material gain, appropriate sanctions will be imposed. Should there not be any such evidence, the student will receive a letter of reprimand for the Honor Code violation. Exceptions to this policy for International students may be appropriate as determined by the Vice President of Enrollment.

Application Deadlines

The Early Action deadline is November 15. Applicants admitted by Early Action will be informed by mid-December and will qualify for early consideration of scholarships and financial aid.

The deadline for Priority Consideration is February 15. Applications received by this date will be given priority in the regular admission and financial aid process. Notification is rolling and based on availability. Admitted students responding with their tuition deposit/matriculation fee of $300 on or before May 1 are guaranteed a place in the class.

The final application deadline for first-year student applications is July 15. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered by petition only. Financial aid is awarded only after acceptance.

Transfer Students

Students who have already completed at least 28 semester credits or 42 quarter credits of continuous enrollment at regionally accredited colleges or universities will be considered for admission on the basis of that academic record (rather than the secondary school record) provided they have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Students who have completed fewer than 28 semester or 42 quarter credits should apply as freshman applicants, but may be granted advanced credit for that work. Transfer applicants should submit an application for admission and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended just as freshmen do. A short essay/personal statement and short recommendation letter are required. The transfer application deadline is August 1. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered by petition only.

PEAK for Transfer Students

The College of Idaho accepts up to 70 semester credits of transfer work from community colleges. However, the College expects that those transfer credits should become part of a coherent liberal arts course of study within the PEAK model. As far as possible, students, in concert with their advisors, must shape their course of study according to the expectations of the PEAK curriculum.

  • Students who transfer to the College with Junior standing (60 to 89 semester credits) will be required to complete a major and one PEAK minor, with additional Liberal Arts experiences planned in collaboration with the advisor.
  • Students who transfer to the College with Sophomore standing (28 to 59 semester credits) will be required to complete a major and two PEAK minors, with additional Liberal Arts experiences planned in collaboration with the advisor.
  • Students who transfer to the College with fewer than 28 credits are expected to complete the full PEAK curriculum.

Community (Junior) College Credit

A maximum of 70 semester credits or 106 quarter credits of approved community college credit may be transferred to The College of Idaho to be counted toward the 124 credits required for graduation (see senior residence requirement). Only lower-division credit will be allowed for community college work.

College Transcripts

A student who applies for admission must submit, before acceptance, official transcripts of all college work attempted elsewhere. A student who takes undergraduate work elsewhere must have an official transcript of that work sent to The College of Idaho Registrar upon its completion. Intentional failure to do so will constitute falsification of record and may be sufficient grounds for dismissal from the college. Credits earned at regionally accredited colleges or universities will be evaluated by the Registrar’s office, and credit will be given in accordance with college policy only after a student has been accepted.

In general, credit will be accepted for courses that are comparable to courses in the College curriculum. Credits earned at non-accredited colleges may be accepted as a basis for advanced standing in accordance with the recommendations of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, but only upon satisfactory completion of at least 30 credits in residence at the College.

NOTE: Students are required to disclose and include in their applications for admission official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. For further information, readers should consult the note on this subject in the First-year Student section.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students must submit a short application for admission and official transcripts from each college or university they have attended. Students who complete 12 credits at the C of I must then complete the full admission process and be admitted as a degree-seeking student in order to continue their studies. Students who have already completed a Bachelor’s Degree at The College of Idaho or another accredited institution will be exempt from the 12-credit limit.

Re-Admission

Students who leave the college for one or more semesters and do not apply for a leave of absence, or whose leave of absence has expired, must petition the Admission Committee for re-admission. To petition, students must submit the following to the Admission Office:

  • A Returning Student Data Sheet.
  • Official transcripts of all work attempted at other colleges or universities since they left the C of I.
  • A brief essay stating the reasons for returning and explaining activities pursued during the time away.

Alumni

Students who have graduated from The College of Idaho and wish to return to the College to continue their education fall into two main categories: those wishing to enhance their current degree by adding a major or taking additional courses and those seeking to earn a second baccalaureate degree.

Adding a Major or Additional Courses (non-degree seeking)

Those who wish to enhance their current degree by adding a major or additional courses will be governed by the same catalog under which they originally graduated (though students always have the right to petition to be considered under the requirements of a later catalog). These students will complete the requirements of their second major. In many cases, these students will have originally graduated with a minor in the field in which they subsequently seek a major. The upgrading of a minor into a major is acceptable in these cases because the graduate has already completed a full liberal arts program. The original transcript will not be changed, but once the student has completed the requirements for the additional major, the new courses and new major will be appended to the transcript.

Students wishing to add a major without earning a second baccalaureate degree are not eligible to apply for federal loans.

Earning a Second Degree (degree-seeking)

Those who wish to earn a second baccalaureate degree must complete at least 30 credits beyond their first degree and complete an additional major in the process. These students will also be governed by the catalog under which they originally graduated, but they can petition to earn their second degree under a subsequent catalog. Once the major requirements are completed and the 30 credits earned, these students will have posted to their transcripts a second baccalaureate degree and will be issued a second diploma. Students seeking a second degree are eligible to apply for federal loans.

Finances: Graduates from The College of Idaho who return to the College either to enhance their current degree or to earn a second baccalaureate degree will be eligible for a 50% discount on the per-credit tuition rate, whether they attend part-time or full-time.

Application: Alumni wishing to continue their education begin the process by filing a returning student information form with the Admission Office.

Homeschool

Homeschool students with above-average standardized test scores (currently 1160 SAT or 25 ACT or higher; with sub-score restrictions) may be admitted with a transcript from an accredited homeschool program or GED. Students with average or below-average SAT or ACT scores or sub-scores less than 500 SAT or 20 ACT will be required to have an on-campus interview.

International Students

International students must submit the following materials to the Admission Office, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, Idaho 83605:

  • An application for admission.
  • An official high school transcript that includes all work from the 9th grade to the date of application (see note on official transcripts below). Upon graduation, a final transcript must be submitted. GED scores may be presented in lieu of an official high school record provided the average score is 500 with no sub-score below 450.
  • Transcripts of any college work attempted.
    (Note on official transcripts: Transcripts are official only when mailed directly from or delivered in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution to the Admission Office.) If a student has taken college coursework, the College requires that transcripts be evaluated by WES-World Education Services (www.wes.org) or another credential evaluation service approved by the College.
  • Guidance counselor and/or teacher evaluations.
  • A short essay/personal statement on one of essay topics in the application.

International applicants are also required to submit one of the following official test scores:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for non-native English speakers: minimum paper-based score of 550, minimum computer-based score of 213, and minimum iBT score of 79*
  • ACT or SAT exam scores**
  • An IELTS language proficiency score of 5.5 or higher (www.ielts.org).

*Similar English proficiency tests may also be accepted if deemed appropriate by the Admission Committee. Students who fail to meet the English language requirement may enroll in an ESL language center at another institution. Proficiency certification of ESL meets the English language requirement for admission.

**The C of I will accept ACT/SAT test scores as official if they meet the criteria outlined in the First-year Student section.

Students must provide evidence of adequate financial resources by submitting a Verification of Finances Form with supporting information from their bank or an International Student Financial Aid Form offered through the College Board.

Given the amount of time it may take to secure a student visa, international students are encouraged to apply as early as possible and will only be considered for entrance during the C of I fall semester except at the discretion of the Vice President for Enrollment. As a concluding part of the application process, international students should schedule a phone or Skype interview with their admission counselor. If the student is attending a high school in the United States, a face-to-face interview would be preferable.

International applicants are encouraged to visit the College website at www.collegeofidaho.edu for additional information regarding programs, student life, and other aspects of an international student's experience at The College of Idaho. Applications can be downloaded from the site or requested by mail or email. For more information, please contact the Vice President for Enrollment at admission@collegeofidaho.edu.

Notification

Acceptance

Notification of admission for Early Action applicants occurs in mid-December, providing a complete application has been submitted by the November 15 deadline. Applicants for admission who submit materials before the Priority Consideration deadline of February 15 will be notified after that date on a rolling basis. For applications submitted after February 15, notification of admission is rolling and based upon availability.

Deposit

A $300 refundable (up to May 1) tuition deposit/matriculation fee is required of all admitted students who attend the college. After May 1, the tuition deposit is non-refundable. This deposit is requested after admission to the College and is due by the candidate reply date of May 1 or thereafter as determined by the Vice President of Enrollment or his/her designee. Campus housing requests and course registration priorities are processed after receipt of the deposit/matriculation fee and based on deposit date.