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ACI named a Best Western College by the Princeton Review

2007. 08. 21.

CALDWELL – Albertson College of Idaho (ACI) has been named a Best Western College by The Princeton Review in its annual college guide "Best 366 Colleges." CofI is one of 123 public and private western colleges to receive the distinction.

The Best Western College honor comes just days after CofI rose in the ranks of U.S. News & World Report's 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges." CofI is ranked in the third of four tiers in the U.S. News ranking. In last year's edition, CofI was in the fourth tier.

The Princeton Review survey is unique because it asks students for their opinions about their schools. Students answer 80 questions about their school's academics/administration, campus life, student body and themselves. This year, 120,000 students at 366 schools in the book responded to the survey.

"I'm pleased that CofI has been named one of the Best Western Colleges," said CofI President Bob Hoover. "This is a title given to us by our students – who know us better than anyone else – and it shows they are pleased by the education they're receiving and the environment in which they receive it."

Sample comments from CofI students who completed the survey included:

  • "The professors are absolutely amazing. They genuinely care about your progress and are willing to go out of their way to assist you in any way possible."
  • ACI "is the type of school academics dream of and the type of community that party-goers and the quiet type can both enjoy."
  • Undergrads "consistently obligate themselves to volunteer activities, student government, extracurriculars, sports, and so on. They really keep the atmosphere at Albertson dynamic and constantly on the move, so there's never a dull moment."

Other western schools that received the Best Western College distinction include Colorado College, Northwest Nazarene University, Reed College, University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College.

Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in the United States and two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book. The book's annual ranking lists are available at

The Princeton Review is a New York City-based company known for its test-prep courses, education services and books. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.