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C of I named one of America's Best Values in Private Colleges

October 25, 2011

The College of Idaho has been named one of the top 200 Best Values in Private Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The annual report, released Oct. 25, features schools that combine outstanding academics and great economic value. The College of Idaho placed in the top 200 because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, excellent student-to-faculty ratio, abundant on-campus resources and overall great value. The full list of schools can be found at

The College of Idaho ranked No. 99 on Kiplinger’s list of liberal arts colleges, and only four schools in the top 100 had a lower annual cost of attendance.

President Marv Henberg said the College is committed to making an outstanding education affordable for students and their families.

“We believe students should have access to an education that will prepare them for success throughout their lives,” Henberg said. “The College of Idaho has delivered that value to our students for 120 years and we will continue to prepare students who thrive.”

C of I provides financial assistance to 99 percent of its first-year students, with 75 percent receiving at least $13,000 in need-based awards. C of I also has the best four-year graduation rate in Idaho, enabling more students to graduate on time. Thanks to the innovative PEAK curriculum launched by the College in 2010, students earn a major and three academic minors within those four years, decreasing their need for loans and providing versatility and adaptability for their professional futures.

 Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit