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C of I honored by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

At The College of Idaho, campus excitement and total enrollment are growing rapidly thanks to a newly launched football team and master’s program in physician assistant studies. Even so, the C of I continues to be ranked among America’s top academic institutions by U.S. News & World Report

The 2015 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report, put the Caldwell private college at No. 159, up eight spots from last year. The annual rankings are based upon graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality.

“New initiatives such as football and the PA program are meant to expand The College of Idaho’s mission,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “It is important that we continue our tradition of academic excellence, and it is encouraging to see us climb in the rankings during this exciting time of growth.” 

The C of I leads all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate (67 percent), freshman retention rate (85 percent), alumni giving percentage (34 percent) and highest percentage of freshmen in the top-10 percent of their high school class (26 percent). Also, for the fourth 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.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several national recognitions the C of I has received in recent weeks. The College ranked No. 1 in Idaho on Forbes’ 2015 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and also appeared in the 2015 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges.

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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 12 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