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C of I sets enrollment high, campus diversity grows

The College of Idaho has 1,059 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year, an increase of just under 2 percent from last year’s enrollment, according to the official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department today, Sept. 26. This year’s enrollment is the highest in the history of the Caldwell liberal arts college, topping the previous high of 1,055 students in 2010-2011.

C of I, which enrolled 1,041 students in fall 2011, also continues to post strong numbers in ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA for incoming students. President Marv Henberg says those trends indicate high school students are attracted to the College’s distinctive educational experience.

“The College’s PEAK curriculum enables our students to earn a major and three minors in four years, our faculty are nationally recognized for being outstanding teachers, and our close community is the perfect environment for students to explore their passions and grow,” Henberg said. “The College of Idaho prepares students who will thrive throughout their entire lives, and we are pleased to see more students who want that experience.”

The College of Idaho also set a new enrollment record for international students this fall, with 107 students representing 53 countries. That gives the C of I one of the highest proportions of international students among Northwest colleges.

“The diversity of The College of Idaho’s campus community contributes tremendously to the overall learning experience of our students,” said Brian Bava, dean of enrollment management. “With one in ten students coming from another country, C of I students are constantly interacting with people from other cultures. That understanding of other peoples and perspectives is a crucial in a global economy.”

Another 20 percent of the College’s students are members of minority American ethnic groups or multiethnic.

Approximately 70 percent of the College’s student body are Idaho residents, and students from 22 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 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