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

High-achieving students. Personable, accessible professors. A close-knit campus community. It’s no wonder The College of Idaho is receiving national recognition once again. Today, U.S. News & World Report has named the C of I one of America’s top academic institutions.

The 2017 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings put the Caldwell private college at No. 168. The annual rankings are based upon graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other key indicators of academic quality.

The C of I is the seventh-highest ranked liberal arts college in the Northwest. And when it comes to Idaho institutions, the C of I leads all of them in freshmen retention rate, graduation rate and alumni giving percentage.

“At The College of Idaho, we want students to have a truly transformational experience over their four years on campus,” said C of I President Charlotte Borst. “We’re proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report, and we will continue to pursue our mission of preparing students to live productive, fulfilling and successful lives.”

In addition to U.S. News, the College was named to the Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges, earning high marks for campus life and professors who are interesting and accessible. One graduating senior described the C of I as “an academic gold mine of some of the most published and highly regarded professors and researches in the field.”

Forbes magazine also included C of I in its list of “America’s Top Colleges.” The C of I landed at No. 213 nationally—making it the highest-ranking institution in Idaho and No. 39 in the West. Forbes gave the College an “A” financial grade for fiscal soundness, one of fewer than 200 private schools to receive such a mark.

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