C of I again recognized as one of America’s 'Best Colleges'

The College of Idaho is one of America’s top colleges and earns especially high marks for its theatre program and campus convenience according to the Princeton Review’s annual publication “The Best 376 Colleges.” C of I, cited regularly in the Princeton Review for its outstanding learning environment, was ranked No. 15 in the nation for “Easiest Campus to Get Around” and No. 20 for “Best College Theatre” in the 2012 publication released Tuesday, Aug. 2. C of I also was recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the West.

“In addition to our tradition of academic excellence, we strive to create an enjoyable campus experience that our students will remember for the rest of their lives,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “It is an honor to receive this recognition, and I am heartened by how fondly our students speak of the College in the Princeton Review.”

The College’s small, residential campus has long been a favorite among students, who are never more than a five-minute walk from class, Simplot Dining Hall or any of the numerous athletic and extracurricular activities that take place every day. The C of I theatre department, directed by Mike Hartwell and Idaho Shakespeare Festival funnyman Joe Golden, and the student theatre club, Scarlet Masque, produce several full-length shows every school year. In February, Waiting Games, a play written by C of I senior Thomas Newby, was selected as a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

The Princeton Review publishes its yearly review based on feedback from college students who complete an 80-question survey rating their own schools on the quality of campus life, safety, green practices, academics, professors, admissions and financial aid. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges make the list.

C of I also this week was named one of America’s best colleges in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012, an annual college guide book written by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske.

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