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C of I earns praise from 'U.S. News & World Report'

The College of Idaho continues to be placed among America’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday, Sept. 10. The C of I placed No. 167 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality.

“The College of Idaho’s continued strong endorsements by U.S. News and other third parties demonstrate how our faculty and staff provide an outstanding education to our students,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “We are dedicated to preparing young people with the knowledge, wisdom and character to thrive throughout their lives. Seeing The College of Idaho place so highly in multiple national rankings indicates that we are achieving our mission and providing a great value to our students.”

The C of I leads all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate (64 percent), freshman retention rate (81 percent), alumni giving percentage (35 percent) and highest percentage of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class (25%). And for the third 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 on Forbes’ 2014 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and was named by College Factual as the No. 19 best college value in the nation based on a combination of academic quality and economic value. The 2014 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 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 seven 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