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

National recognition for The College of Idaho continues to accumulate as the new school year gets under way. The C of I has once again been named one of America’s top academic institutions, this time by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2016 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report, put the Caldwell private college at No. 169. The annual rankings are based upon graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other key indicators of academic quality.

“At The College of Idaho, we are proud to be in our 125th year of offering a world-class education,” said C of I President Charlotte Borst. “We’re also honored to be recognized by U.S. News and again be named one of the nation’s best colleges.”

The C of I—which is ranked No. 8 amongst liberal arts schools in the Northwest—leads all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News in graduation rate and freshman retention rate. The College of Idaho’s alumni giving rate—an indication of alumni’s satisfaction with their educational experience—ranks among the top-50 liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several national recognitions the C of I has received this year. The College was ranked No. 1 in Idaho and No. 195 nationally on Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Colleges,” was rated No. 8 in the nation for its combination of academic quality and economic value by the website College Factual, and also appeared in the 2016 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges, The Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges, and Money magazine’s list of “Best Colleges.”

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The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. 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. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit