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C of I named to Princeton Review's “Best Colleges”

August 30, 2016

The College of Idaho has been named one of America’s best institutions in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges. In recent years, the C of I has been an annual inclusion in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in The Best 381 Colleges. Published annually since 1992, it includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

“The College of Idaho's outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior Publisher and author of The Best 381 Colleges.

The C of I scored high marks in quality of campus life (93 out of 99) with students highlighting various extracurricular events and activities on campus. One student said, “Whether it is attending a theatre or band concert, an athletic event or a club meeting, there are plenty of ways to get involved.”

Professors also earned high marks. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students found their professors both interesting (96), accessible (95) and “passionate about what they teach.”

One graduating senior described the College as “an academic gold mine of some of the most published and highly regarded professors and researches in the field.”

Click here to view the C of I’s profile and The Princeton Review’s full 2017 rankings.

The College of Idaho was also named to Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s Top Colleges,” landing at No. 213 nationally—making it the highest-ranking institution in Idaho and No. 39 in the West. Forbes gave the College an “A” financial grade for fiscal soundness, one of fewer than 200 private schools to receive such a mark.

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