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The C of I named one of the best 371 colleges in the country by the Princeton Review

2009. 07. 28.

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho has been named one of the top colleges in the country by the Princeton Review's "The Best 371 Colleges," and was rated high by students for its quality of life, academics and being "green," a new category for the nationally recognized ranking.

The C of I was also ranked No. 8 in the "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" category, which it also received last year, and was named a Best Western College.

"I am very pleased that the college has been recognized once again by the Princeton Review," said President Marv Henberg. "These rankings are important to The C of I because the results come from our students – the people who know us best."

Henberg said he appreciated the book's new green rating because the college has taken several steps over the past few years to be more environmentally friendly, including:

  • Planting an organic garden and harvesting the vegetables for Simplot Dining Hall
  • Upgrading several buildings with LED lights, new windows and temperature controls
  • Using green cleaning supplies and energy efficient equipment

The Princeton Review annually surveys more than 122,000 students – approximately 325 per campus – at the 371 schools it selects. The 80-question survey asks students about their school's academics, administration, campus life, student body and themselves.

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

  • The college's biology and pre-med programs are "great preparation for both graduate school and the professional world." Biology and biological sciences are among the most popular majors on campus.
  • The college has an active Program Council and dozens of clubs and organizations, "Any major campus-sponsored activities bring us all together as one giant, friendly social club."
  • "My school is way more than a place for me to learn. My teachers have become more like guardians for my education, and my peers … my second family."

The University of Idaho was the only other college or university in Idaho named one of the Best 371.

The Princeton Review is a Framingham, MA-based company known for its test preparation, education and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine. Colleges and universities do not pay a fee to be included in the book

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