C of I earns 'Best National Liberal Arts College' ranking

The College of Idaho is one of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in America, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday, Sept. 13. C of I moved up three spots from last year to No. 171 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other important factors.

President Marv Henberg says the ranking is a strong indication that The College of Idaho is living up to its promise of preparing its students better than any other small college in the West.

“Our continued ascension in the U.S. News & World Report rankings stems from our focus first and foremost on student welfare,” Henberg said. “Our caring community and unique PEAK curriculum allow for maximum student choice and self-discovery, and those traits are reflected by our strong numbers in retention rate, graduation rate and alumni support.”

C of I led all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2010 graduation rate (58 percent), freshman retention rate (81 percent), alumni giving percentage (34 percent) and smallest average class size, with 56 percent of its classes containing fewer than 20 students and only 2 percent containing more than 50. The College also made the publication’s list of “A-plus schools for B Students” among liberal arts colleges, which notes outstanding schools where students whose test scores and class standing put them outside straight “A” territory thrive academically.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several earned by C of I in the past month. The College is the No. 1 school in Idaho (No. 33 in the West and No. 183 overall) in Forbes magazine’s 2012 rankings of “America’s Top Colleges” and also is listed in the Princeton Review’s annual publication, The Best 376 Colleges, and Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012.

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