College of Idaho Quick Facts


  • Approximately 1,120 students
  • 8 percent of students are international, representing 46 countries
  • Students come from 23 different states, from Maine to Hawaii
  • Approximately 20 percent of students are Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American, American Indian or multi-ethnic
  • One-third of C of I students participate in 20 NAIA or USCSA men's and women's sports teams with football beginning competition in fall 2014.
  • The Coyotes have won 48 individual and team national championships in skiing and snowboarding, NAIA national championships in men’s basketball and baseball, and 8 individual and relay national titles in cross country and track & field.


  • 26 majors and 57 minors in the fine arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences and history, and professional fields.
  • 12:1 Student faculty ratio
  • Average class size is 13.3
  • The First Year Experience creates a sense of community and prepares students for lifelong learning. It includes an overnight trip to picturesque McCall, Idaho, a first-year theme and book, first-year seminar and civilization cohorts, and first-year living communities and mentors.
  • Through our PEAK curriculum, students design a course of study in which they obtain a major and three minors across four academic peaks. This enables students to pursue their passions while developing the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary for lifelong success.
  • Numerous off-campus and study abroad programs are available, such as the Winter Wilderness Experience in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, research trips to Thailand, China and Australia, and the Irish American Scholars program.


  • C of I graduates include seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars, three governors, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, an Academy Award-winning composer, the co-discoverer of B12, and the co-founder of Patagonia Outerwear.
  • The College is home to four of the past eight Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professors of the Year, including 2011 winner Dr. Rob Dayley, demonstrating our professors' commitment to teaching and outstanding scholarship.
  • The College of Idaho speech and debate team has won 13 Northwest Conference Division II Championships in the past 15 years and finished in the top 10 nationally on five occasions.
  • C of I is No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" among Pacific Northwest institutions, No. 1 among Idaho's colleges and universities in Forbes list of "America's Top Colleges," and among Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine's Top 100 best private college values.
  • C of I leads all Idaho schools in graduation rate, freshman retention rate, alumni giving percentage and percentage of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • Named one of America's Best 378 Colleges by Princeton Review. C of I professors are rated by students as being more interesting and accessible than professors at institutions such as Harvard, UCLA and NYU.
  • Ranked No. 19 best college value in the nation by College Factual based on the C of I's combination of affordability and academic quality.
  • Yotes student-athletes include the 2013 USCSA Combined Snowboard, Halfpipe and Snowboardcross National Champion (McKinley Carbone) and 7-time track and cross country national champion Hillary Holt, 2012-2013 Cascade Collegiate Conference Athlete of the Year.
  • Featured as a "Best Bet" in The Financial Aid Handbook, highlighting selective colleges that offer outstanding education, average student loan burdens that don't exceed $8,000 per year and average grants exceeding average loans.
  • Cited for having one of nation's top 10 ski programs by Ski Racing Magazine.

Campus and Southwest Idaho

  • The College of Idaho's beautiful campus is located in residential Caldwell, part of Idaho's vibrant Treasure Valley.
  • Facilities include 15 academic, athletic, student life and support buildings and five residence halls, along with approximately two dozen houses adjacent to campus that students can rent.
  • Recent improvements include a multimillion dollar renovation of the College's science building that included upgrades to laboratories and classrooms, the construction of a new baseball field, major renovations to a residence hall and the College's main dining hall, and the $4 million Marty Holly Athletics Center scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
  • Our campus is 30 minutes from downtown Boise, the 3rd most populous metro area in the Northwest and its numerous cultural, arts and entertainment, dining, and pro sports (basketball, hockey, baseball) offerings.
  • World-class opportunities for skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and other outdoor activities are all available within a few hours' drive of campus.