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The C of I ranked #108 in quality by Forbes; a #69 best buy

2009. 08. 07.

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho rose 66 places to No. 108 in the Forbes Magazine college ranking guide "America's Best Colleges," which ranks the top 600 colleges and universities in the country. The C of I was ranked 69th as a best buy.

Other Idaho schools included in the ranking were BYU-Idaho (249), University of Idaho (312) and Boise State University (464).

"I am very pleased to see The College of Idaho nearly cracked the top 100 schools in the country," President Marv Henberg said. "We are keeping company with highly reputable, elite institutions."

The following criteria were used to evaluate the colleges and universities in the ranking:

  • Student evaluations from Ratemyprofessors.com (weighting: 25%)
  • Four-year debt load for typical student borrowers (20%)
  • Four-year graduation rates (16.67%)
  • Listings of alumni in "Who's Who in America" (12.5%)
  • Salaries of alumni from PayScale.com (12.5%)
  • Student nationally competitive awards (8.33%)
  • Faculty awards for scholarship and creative pursuits (5%)

The C of I placed 69th in the best buy category, the only Idaho college or university to make the list. This ranking was made by dividing each school's overall quality score by its average net tuition rate (allowing for scholarship grants) from the 2003-2004 to 2006-2007 academic years.

Among schools in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, The C of I is behind only the University of Washington (46) on the best buys list, and behind only Whitman (20), Reed (44) and George Fox (58) on the overall list.

"This confirms that the education and experience our students receive at The C of I is an excellent value," Henberg said. "More than 70 percent of our students graduate within four years and 96 percent are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation."

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