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College of Idaho kicks off 2010-2011 school year

2010. 09. 09.

The College of Idaho welcomes 333 new students as the 2010-2011 school year kicks off Thursday, the first day of classes on the Caldwell campus. C of I enrolled 48 transfer students, 14 part-time students and 271 freshmen who comprise the Class of 2014. Those numbers are unofficial until the census is taken on 10th day of fall classes.

“We are very pleased with the numbers, especially given the economic environment right now,” said Paul Bennion, vice president for student affairs at C of I. “I think that says something about the value students and families place on a College of Idaho education.”

The Class of 2014 will be the first to participate in The College of Idaho's new PEAK curriculum program from start to finish. PEAK, which includes study of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and a professional field, allows students to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years.

“This is a historic class,” Bennion said. “These are the first students who will only know PEAK as their curriculum, so we are really going to learn a lot from this group.”

C of I also welcomes 16 new international students, continuing a growing tradition of diversity on campus. Students from Tanzania, South Korea, China, India, Nepal, Northern Ireland and the Congo up the College's international enrollment to 91 students from 43 countries.

The freshman class spent Monday and Tuesday in McCall on the annual “First-Year Experience” trip. Students, faculty and staff – including President Marv Henberg – took seven buses to Camp Ida-Haven and spent two days building friendships through mentor groups, hikes, sports and games, canoeing and other team-building activities.

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