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The C of I among top liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest and West

2009. 08. 20.

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho is one of the top seven liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest and one of the top 20 in the West, according to this year's edition of "America's Best Colleges," released today by U.S. News & World Report.

The top seven liberal arts schools in the Pacific Northwest are Whitman College (Wash.), Reed College (Ore.), Willamette (Ore.), Lewis & Clark (Ore.), University of Puget Sound (Wash.), Linfield (Ore.) and The C of I.

"These are outstanding schools with national reputations and I am very pleased to see The C of I included in this group," President Marv Henberg said.

The C of I rose in several measures used to determine the U.S. News & World Report rankings, most significantly in alumni giving. For 2008 the alumni giving rate was 27 percent, up from 21 percent in 2007.

The increase in alumni giving has been dramatic at The C of I, especially in the past three years. Nationally, alumni giving is on the decrease, falling from nearly 14 percent in 2001 to 11 percent in 2008, according the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Henberg said the increase in alumni giving was gratifying given the challenging economic times.

"This is a strong indication of the high level of quality we offer at The C of I," he said. "Particularly in light of the poor economy, I am proud of how deeply our alumni dug into their pockets."

The C of I also increased its rankings in graduation rate (67 percent in 2008, up from 60 percent in 2007) and freshman retention (82 percent in 2008, up from 80 percent in 2007).

Several organizations have released their annual rankings of colleges and universities recently and have included The C of I:

  • Two weeks ago, The C of I was ranked fourth in the Northwest and first in Idaho as a best buy in Forbes Magazine's ranking of the top 600 colleges and universities in the country.

  • In July, The C of I was ranked a top national college by the Princeton Review's "The Best 371 Colleges."

Highlights of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings will be published in the September 2009 issue, available on Monday, Aug. 24. The 2010 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook will be available Tuesday, August 25. Click here to see the rankings online.

The top 20 liberal arts schools in the West according to "America's Best Colleges" are:

  1. Pomona (Calif.)
  2. Claremont McKenna (Calif.)
  3. Harvey Mudd (Calif.)
  4. Colorado College (Colo.)
  5. Scripps (Calif.)
  6. Occidental (Calif.)
  7. Whitman (Wash.)
  8. Pitzer (Calif.)
  9. Reed (Ore.)
  10. Willamette (Ore.)
  11. Lewis & Clark (Ore.)
  12. University of Puget Sound (Wash.)
  13. Westmont (Calif.)
  14. Linfield (Ore.)
  15. St. John's (N.M.)
  16. American Jewish U. (Calif.)
  17. Carroll (Mont.)
  18. The C of I
  19. Whittier (Calif.)
  20. BYU-Hawaii