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College of Idaho enjoys strong enrollment, international student record

The College of Idaho has 1,041 students enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year, according to the official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department today, Sept. 26. The enrollment is the second-highest in the history of the Caldwell liberal arts college, bested only by last year’s total of 1,055 students.

C of I, which enrolled 1,013 students in fall 2009 and 944 in fall 2008, continues to post strong numbers in ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA for incoming students. President Marv Henberg says that trend, together with the College’s innovative PEAK curriculum, outstanding faculty and small class sizes, make C of I the No. 1 school in Idaho in terms of academic quality.

“I am happy to see that our enrollment figures remain high while retaining the academic quality of incoming students,” Henberg said. “I firmly believe the education that students receive at The College of Idaho prepares graduates to write well, think critically, reason analytically and solve problems – all skills essential for a productive life beyond the College.”  

The College of Idaho’s international enrollment also has reached a new peak this fall, with 97 students representing 46 different countries.

“We are proud of the progress we have made in establishing The College of Idaho as a beacon for international understanding in Idaho,” said Brian Bava, dean of enrollment management. “Having a diverse campus community adds to the quality of the overall learning experience. C of I students can learn first-hand about other cultures, peoples and perspectives, which is valuable knowledge in a global economy.”

With more than 9 percent of the C of I’s student body hailing from other countries, the College enjoys one of the largest percentages of international students in the Northwest.  

Approximately 70 percent of the College’s student body are Idaho residents, but students from 27 other states also are represented on campus.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit