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The College of Idaho adopts test-optional admissions

Since the days of founding President William Judson Boone, The College of Idaho has welcomed all students to challenge themselves and discover their full academic potential.

This fall, the C of I is continuing its 125-year tradition of providing access to excellence in education by adopting a standardized test-optional admission policy. It is a move that will allow more students than ever to apply to the College based on the strengths of their entire academic portfolios.  

“The College of Idaho has always been a place where students grow and thrive both personally and academically,” C of I President Charlotte Borst said. “We certainly aren’t lowering our admission standards, but becoming test-optional does allow us to consider students with strengths that are demonstrated through other accomplishments.”

Effective this fall, students will have the option of either submitting their ACT or SAT scores or completing a series of essays to complete their application to The College of Idaho. The C of I admission team will continue to consider multiple factors when reviewing applicants, including high school academic records, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, recommendations and other personal achievements.

“The College of Idaho employs a holistic approach to application review,” said Lorna Hunter, vice president for enrollment management. “We are still looking for the same bright, driven, self-directed and passionate students who have always been attracted to and thrived at the College. Going test-optional simply gives us a better chance to consider students who feel their test scores don’t accurately represent their academic potential.” 

Students who choose to apply as test-optional will be given the same consideration for admission, scholarships and financial aid as applicants who choose to submit scores. Additional considerations will apply for some transfer students, student-athletes and international students. Click here to read detailed list of test-optional FAQs on the College’s admission website.

The College of Idaho will carefully observe test-optional admission over the next four years. For this reason and because standardized test scores may be used as a foundation for class placement at the College, all admitted students will be asked to submit their test scores.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit