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Forbes names The College of Idaho one of America's Best Colleges

2010. 08. 16.

Forbes magazine has ranked The College of Idaho No. 182 on its third annual list of “America's Best Colleges.” Forbes, which ranked more than 600 colleges and universities based on a student point of view, gave C of I the highest marks of any Idaho school.

Forbes ranks schools based on a wide range of factors, including the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of students and how much graduates achieve. The magazine utilizes research from the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, which uses weighted factors to determine student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, graduation rate and competitive awards.

The College of Idaho was the No. 1 Idaho school. BYU-Idaho (No. 200 overall), University of Idaho (318) and Boise State University (545) also made the list. Williams College, a private liberal arts school in Massachusetts, was No. 1 overall, followed by Princeton University (New Jersey), Amherst College (Massachusetts), West Point (New York) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

C of I ranked No. 8 among more than 150 schools on Forbes' list with yearly tuition of $30,000 or less (not counting the five U.S. military academies). The Forbes ranking is the second national honor the College has received this month – it also was recognized as one of “The Best 373 Colleges” in America by the Princeton Review.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit