C of I cracks ‘Forbes’ top 200 American colleges

Forbes magazine has released its list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which ranks the top 650 schools in the nation based upon post-graduate success, student satisfaction, student debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

And this year, The College of Idaho has cracked the top 200 colleges in the nation, landing at No. 195.

That ranking situates the College above schools such as the University of Arizona, Whitworth University and TCU. The C of I also ranks No. 147 among private schools and No. 38 in the West. Click here to see the C of I Forbes profile.

“Located in a part of the nation where big sports colleges like Gonzaga and Boise State dominate, The College of Idaho stands out as a bastion of small classroom liberal arts learning,” Forbes wrote. “In order to ensure a well-rounded education, the C of I has developed the ‘PEAK’ Curriculum, requiring one major and three minors, or ‘academic peaks’ over four years.”

Last year, the C of I jumped 50 spots to No. 260. The trend continued as the College climbed another 65 spots this year, again ranking No. 1 amongst all Idaho institutions by nearly 200 spots.

“The Forbes ranking reaffirms The College of Idaho’s status as a first-class academic institution—one that has produced seven Rhodes Scholars along with countless leaders and innovators who succeed in all walks of life,” C of I president Charlotte Borst said. “I’m honored that such a respected publication is helping us get the word out on a national stage.”

The College of Idaho was also named one of the nation’s top schools in The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges. In recent years, the C of I has been an annual inclusion in the book, which serves as The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges—and four colleges outside the U.S.—are profiled in The Best 380 Colleges. The book includes detailed profiles of all 380 colleges with rating scores in eight categories, plus top-20 rankings lists in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 136,000 students attending the featured colleges.

The College of Idaho scored 94 (out of 99) in the category “quality of campus life,” with one student telling the Princeton Review that “on campus there is always something going on…I rarely have a night where there isn’t something that I could do for fun.”

The C of I also made the top-20 list for “Most Accessible Professors,” ranking No. 14 in the nation. C of I faculty received a 98 rating for “professor accessibility” and a 95 for “professor interesting.”

Students surveyed said:

“My school is way more than a place for me to learn. My teachers have become more like guardians for my education, and my peers…my second family,” and “you’d be surprised at the very high quality this little school offers.”

The C of I also was noted for getting the most value for your tuition dollar. MONEY magazine named the College to its 2015 list of “Best Colleges,” which looked at more than 1,500 four-year colleges. Using 21 ranking factors across three categories of educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings, a list of 736 schools was finalized, with the C of I ranking 328th in the nation.

The College of Idaho also made two MONEY sub-lists. The magazine ranked the C of I 19th on its “50 Most Affordable Private Colleges” and 12th on its “25 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit