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The College of Idaho earns high marks from U.S. News and World Report

2010. 08. 17.

The College of Idaho has been named one of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report. C of I ranked No. 174 on the list, which was based on criteria such as graduation rate, class size and acceptance rate. The College also earned the highest marks of any Idaho school in several important categories.

The College of Idaho is the only Idaho school in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category. However, every four-year school in the state was ranked by U.S. News and World Report either as a “National University,” “Regional University” or “Regional College.” C of I led all Idaho schools – regardless of classification – in graduation rate (61 percent), classes with 20 or fewer students (61 percent), freshman retention rate (79 percent) and alumni giving rate (31 percent).

“If you read the US News data carefully, the connections become clear,” said Mark Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs at C of I. “If you have small classes that facilitate close relationships between faculty and students, more students graduate in fewer years with the knowledge and skills not only to land jobs, but also with the kind of character that seeks to give back to the community.”

The U.S. News ranking is the third nationally-recognized honor The College of Idaho has received this month. C of I also was named one of “The Best 373 Colleges” in America by the Princeton Review and one of “America's Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine.

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