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The C of I named a Best College in America by Princeton Review

2008. 07. 28.

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho has been named one of the "Best 368 Colleges" by The Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and Canada are chosen for the honor, which was announced today.

In addition to being named one of the best colleges in the nation, The C of I was also ranked 20th for the category "Lots of Race/Class Interaction," which speaks highly about the college's efforts to have a diverse student population.

"I am thrilled to once again be named a Best College by The Princeton Review," The C of I President Bob Hoover said. "Schools are chosen for the list for outstanding academics, but also based on feedback from current students. Our students and alumni know this is a special place and this recognition confirms it."

The University of Idaho was the only other college or university in Idaho named one of the Best 368.

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 368 schools in the book responded to the survey.

Comments about The C of I from students who took the survey include:

  • "A close, personal, friendly learning environment" to students seeking a "balanced liberal arts education."
  • "… Parties are a big part of campus life, but all activities have some place on the campus."
  • "How you orient yourself politically isn't really of any consequence on campus. For example, the debate team is extremely cohesive despite a wide array of varying political views. We all seem to get along."

Hoover said he was also pleased that The Princeton Review named The C of I one of the best schools for race/class interaction, because it's something on which the college has focused in recent years and it is beginning to receive recognition.

The C of I recently received a $100,000 Wal-Mart College Success Award to help expand current programs that encourage enrollment from Hispanic/Latino students who are the first in their families to attend college.

In addition, of the 840 students at the college last year, 24 were international students. There are 21 international students enrolled for fall 2008. The college hopes to have 10 percent international students by fall 2009.

"In today's global economy, we believe it's crucial for our student body to be diverse," Hoover said. "When our students graduate, they will likely be working with people of varying ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. Academic and social relationships built here can give them an advantage."

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.

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