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C of I named Idaho’s ‘Hidden Gem’ college

May 13, 2016

College Raptor, a free college matching platform, has named The College of Idaho the best “Hidden Gem” institution in Idaho and one of the best small-enrollment colleges in the nation.

This marks the second year of this recognition, which aims to highlight colleges and universities around the country that may be overlooked by students weighing their college options.

Hidden Gems colleges must receive fewer than 5,000 applications and enroll at least 1,000 undergraduate students. From this set, the top-ranked college was selected from each state based upon graduation rate, selectivity, student-to-faculty ratio and other academic and outcome data obtained through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

“There are many great colleges across the country,” said Tyler Hakes, director of marketing at College Raptor. “In some cases, you have colleges ranked among the top schools in the nation, but they receive relatively few applicants simply because they don’t have the brand name prominence of other institutions.”

The C of I was one of 49 institutions recognized for its academic rigor and student success. One college was named from each state, with the exception of Alaska, which did not have an institution meeting the criteria. Other schools recognized on the list include Whitman College (Washington), Reed College (Oregon), St. Olaf College (Minnesota), Rhodes College (Tennessee) and Wofford College (South Carolina). Click here to see the full list of schools, or click here to check out the C of I profile page.

College Raptor’s “Hidden Gem” ranking is one of numerous recognitions The College of Idaho has received this academic year. The C of I was ranked No. 5 in a USA Today article listing America’s “Best 10 Colleges for the Money;” was featured as one of “America’s Best Colleges for Skiing and Snowboarding” by the website; was named a top-150 school in the nation—and No. 1 in Idaho—by the website Niche; and was ranked No. 1 in Idaho and No. 195 nationally on Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Colleges.” The C of I also appeared in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges;” The Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges;” and Money magazine’s “Best Colleges.”

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