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Princeton Review includes C of I in "Best 382 Colleges"

August 1, 2017

The College of Idaho finds itself on the national stage once again with its inclusion in The Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges, an honor given only to the top 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges.

“We chose The College of Idaho for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “Our selections are primiarly based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.”

Colleges included in the Best 382 Colleges are not ranked from No. 1 through 382. Instead, it relies on ratings from students themselves to determine inclusion in the book, drawing on items like academics, financial aid, student life and overall happiness.

The students surveyed for the C of I gave the College high marks in the campus’ quality of life, praising the friendly community, the wide variety of activities to participate in and the close relationships students can build with faculty.

“My school is way more than a place for me to learn,” stated a C of I freshman in the Princeton Review survey. “My teachers have become more like guardians for my education, and my peers…my second family.”

This edition of the Best 382 Colleges is not the first time the C of I has appeared within the Princeton Review’s flagship title for incoming freshmen, having appeared in several of the previous 25 annual editions, including last year’s 2017 edition, in which one graduating senior described the C of I as “an academic gold mine of some of the most published and highly regarded professors and researches in the field.”

In addition to its inclusion in the Best 382 Colleges, the C of I also appears on the Princeton Review’s list of 127 “Best Western” colleges in the country.

The College of Idaho’s entry on the Princeton Review’s website can be found here.

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