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C of I earns national praise from U.S. News

The College of Idaho once again has been named one of America’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Wednesday, Sept. 12. The C of I moved up seven spots from last year to No. 164 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality.

“Our continuing ascension in the U.S. News rankings shows how dedicated our faculty and staff are to providing the very best for our students,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Above all else, our mission is to prepare young people to thrive, both academically and in whatever life paths they choose. It is heartening when national rankings such as these affirm that we are achieving that standard.”

The C of I leads all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate (63 percent), freshman retention rate (81 percent), alumni giving percentage (33 percent) and highest percentage of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class (34%). And for the second consecutive year, the College is on U.S News’ list of “A-plus schools for B Students,” where students whose test scores and high school class standing put them outside straight “A” territory thrive academically. Regionally, the College ranks No. 7 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Northwest and No. 19 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the West.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several national recognitions the C of I has received in recent months. The College ranked No. 1 in Idaho and No. 222 overall on Forbes 2013 list of “America’s Top Colleges.” The 2013 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges also included The College of Idaho.

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 11 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