C of I named a top-five value in USA Today

The College of Idaho is one of America’s premier value colleges, according to a Dec. 10 article in USA Today. The article, citing data from College Factual’s most recent ranking of America's “Best 10 Colleges for the Money,” lists the C of I at No. 5 among more than 1,200 schools nationwide. The College earned high marks for its distinctive PEAK Curriculum, its high graduation rate and its strong combination of academic quality and economic value.

“Higher education has become more and more critical to getting a well-paying job,” reporter Carly Stockwell writes in the article. “But at the same time, the costs of getting that education increase every year, far surpassing the college savings of many families.

“College Factual’s best colleges for the money ranking identifies schools that have good outcomes for students (high graduation rates, low student loan default rates, etc.), as well as a reasonable price tag for the quality they offer.”

Click here to read Stockwell’s full article on the USA Today website.

In the new College Factual rankings, The College of Idaho moved up 14 spots from its previous spot at No. 19. Click here to see the full list and rationale behind College Factual’s rankings, or here to view the C of I’s College Factual profile.

The 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,” and also appeared in the 2016 editions of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges,” Fiske Guide to Colleges, The Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges,” and Money magazine’s list of “Best Colleges.”

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