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C of I named No. 2 small college in America

May 2, 2017

National recognition continues to pile up for The College of Idaho, which has been ranked No. 2 on the website Best College Review’s 2017 list of the “Top 50 Best Small Colleges in the U.S.”

The C of I—which also has received high marks from Forbes Magazine, The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and University Research & Review this academic year—was recognized for its strong retention and graduation rates, affordable tuition and outstanding academic offerings. In particular, Best College Reviews praised the College’s distinctive PEAK Curriculum, which empowers students to earn a major and three minors in four years, spread across four areas of academic focus.

“We are honored to be near the top of Best College Reviews’ list,” C of I President Charlotte Borst said. “Rankings like these affirm that The College of Idaho provides one of the best liberal arts educations in the business—not only for students in the Northwest, but nationwide. We are a national gem.”

Best College Review strives to provide clear, credible guidance to help students find the best colleges. The “Top 50 Best Small Colleges in the U.S.” ranking includes schools with 500-2,000 enrolled undergraduate students, a graduation rate of at least 50 percent, a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1 or less, a retention rate of at least 74 percent and annual tuition of no more than $30,000. Availability of campus housing and graduate degrees also are considered.

The College of Idaho is the only Gem State school represented on this year’s list. Click here to check out the full ranking on Best College Review’s website.

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