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C of I ranks in Top 500 in Wall Street Journal College Ranking

September 29, 2017

The College of Idaho has once again appeared in national rankings, this time in the pages of the Wall Street Journal as part of the Top 500 in the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings.

The C of I ranked at No. 401 on the list and was the only school in Idaho to appear within the Top 500. The rankings were determined through data gathered about four key areas for students when choosing colleges, including resources, engagement, outcomes and learning environment.

“The College of Idaho is very proud to be ranked by the Wall Street Journal as 401st among the top 500 United States universities and four-year colleges,” College of Idaho President Bob Hoover said.  “That translates as being in the top 16% of all United States universities and four year colleges and as the only such Idaho institution in their rankings.”

L. Joseph Schmoke, founder and CEO of University Research & Review, also sent a letter to the C of I congratulating the College on its inclusion in the Wall Street Journal’s list.

“Recognition of this type helps with recruiting efforts as well as instilling pride in students, faculty, administration and alumni,” Schmoke stated. “As a 2017 recipient of our own Best Value School Award, and now as a Top 500 ranked institution in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, University Research & Review congratulates The College of Idaho on this recognition.”

Other recent honors the C of I has received on the national stage include ranking No. 168 on the U.S. News and Report’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list, ranking No. 2 on the Best College Review’s 2017 list of “Top 50 Best Small Colleges in the U.S.” and inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best 382 Colleges,” an honor only the top 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges receive.

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