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College of Idaho named "Hidden Gem"

September 4, 2019

The College of Idaho has earned recognition as the state’s top “Hidden Gem” college for 2020, according to the website College Raptor, as well as regional recognition as one of the top schools in the entire northwest.

To qualify for the site’s list, a school had to receive fewer than 5,000 applications and have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students.

“College Raptor is dedicated to helping students find colleges that fit them financially, socially, and academically–which means looking at more than just well-known schools,” the site writes in describing the rankings. “That’s why we’re drawing attention to smaller colleges across the nation that deserve a spotlight, but may be initially overlooked because they may not be household names.”

This marks the second consecutive year that the College was selected as Idaho’s top hidden gem. You can click here to see the full, national rankings as well as here to see the Hidden Gems of the Northwest.

In addition to the “Hidden Gem” accolade, the College has been featured in many other recent publications and website rankings that recognize the exceptional academic experience achieved at the College, including:

The College of Idaho has a 128-year-old legacy of excellence. The College is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, 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