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Higher Retention Rate Boosts Enrollment

2006. 10. 26.

Boosted by a leap in student retention and a solid freshman class, Albertson College of Idaho opened its 115th year of classes with 822 students and the most academically competitive freshman class in the state. Enrollment is at its third highest level in the last 35 years.

Favorable retention rates- the rate at which students return to the college- helped the college maintain a strong enrollment. The retention rate of last year's freshmen returning for their sophomore year was 83 percent, significantly higher than the previous year's 76 percent.

"There are several factors that have led to a higher retention rate," Albertson College of Idaho President Bob Hoover said. "First, we are recruiting an academically better prepared student who is ready for the college's rigorous academic program, but also we invested significant resources into programs that provide students with the support they need to succeed and thrive at ACI."

For example, 40% of the freshman class was in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Also, the top quartile of the class was in the top 7% of the ACT and SAT pool and had a 3.64 GPA. The student body comes from 27 states and nine countries. The First Year Program was introduced several years ago to increase retention from freshman to sophomore year. Freshman students all participate in academic and social programming to help them adjust to college life. The freshman to sophomore retention rate has increased from 68% to 83% over the past six years.

Albertson College of Idaho is the state's oldest and longest continuously accredited private, residential liberal arts and sciences institution. With an average class size of 10 students receive personal attention from faculty members dedicated to teaching. CofI is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. More information about Albertson College of Idaho is available by calling 1-800-2C-IDAHO or visiting