The C of I announces record-breaking enrollment
2008. 09. 18.
CALDWELL – The College of Idaho has enrolled one of the largest freshman classes in the college's 117-year history, and is the largest it's ever been. President Bob Hoover said The C of I will be turning more students away in the coming years if the growth continues.
The C of I has 339 new students, compared to 299 in fall 2007 and 245 in fall 2006 – an increase in new student enrollment of more than 38 percent in the last two years.
The total number of students on campus is also on the rise, from 870 in fall 2007 to 944 this fall, an increase of 8.5 percent. The previous record of 937 students was in 1970.
The college is noticing the difference on campus. Half of Simplot Residence Hall was remodeled over the summer to accommodate the anticipated increase in new students. The other half is being remodeled now and will be complete this winter, giving the college 75 new rooms.
"We were counting beds up until the day students arrived on campus," said C of I President Bob Hoover. "We have exactly two left. It's a wonderful problem to have compared to where we were a few years ago."
One of the areas the college has increased enrollment is in the number of international students. The C of I is one of only 88 colleges the United States accepted into the prestigious Davis United World College Scholars Program. Other colleges include Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Reed and Colorado College.
The Davis UWC Scholars Program is committed to building cross-cultural understanding across college campuses and around the globe in the 21st century. The program is generously funded by the Shelby Davis family and provides graduates from any of the 12 United World Colleges need-based grants toward the cost of undergraduate study at The College of Idaho or one of the other colleges in the program.
The C of I has 60 international students this year, including 18 Davis Scholars. Hoover said the college's goal is to have 10 percent international students on campus within a few years.
"In today's global economy, it's crucial for American students and those from other nations to be able to communicate and conduct business with each other," Hoover said. "We want our students to have every advantage when they leave The College of Idaho and we believe providing an ethnically and culturally diverse campus is important."
The college has also focused on increasing the academic quality of its incoming classes.
Of this year's freshman class, nearly 40 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Their average high school GPA is 3.61. The top 25 percent of them have an ACT score of 29.6 or above, which represents the top 4 percent of test takers nationally.
"This is by far the most competitive freshman class in the state," Hoover said.
Hoover said if the enrollment growth continues the college will likely become even more selective in the coming years.
"Our campus can only accommodate about 1,000 students," he said. "If our growth continues, we will reach that number in the next couple of years and we will be turning more and more students away."