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Princeton Review touts College's performance

August 8, 2019

The College of Idaho has been recognized as one of the best schools in the west by The Princeton Review. The 2020 edition of the top schools in the nation list the College as one of the “Best in the West.” The College is one of just 127 colleges in 15 western states to receive the “Best in the West” acknowledgement in its website feature “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“We are honored to be named ‘Best in the West’ by Princeton Review in their 2020 college ranking publication,” Vice President of Enrollment Management Brian Bava said. “It is clear that the qualities used in these rankings are resonating with prospective students given we will be welcoming a record freshman class this fall. This recognition also reaffirms what our students, staff, and faculty already know about The College of Idaho: we are an inclusive community of exceptional learning that challenges the ambitious and forges pathways to success and purpose. The best way to discover this for oneself though is to come and visit campus and see our community in action first-hand. We hope being part of a select list of schools in the West will encourage more students and their families to include us in their college tour plans. Come learn more about what it means to be a Yote!”

To see the schools recognized from the West region, click here. The link that specifically talks about the College can be found here.

“We chose The College of Idaho and other institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. The publication surveys administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, gathers information from staff visits to schools over the years, and solicits opinions of college counselors and advisors for their determining data. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek added.

Several of the students surveyed commented on the exceptional academics offered at the College as well as its accessibility, saying the school is “cost competitive” and offers “generous scholarships.” One freshman surveyed said, “My school is way more than a place for me to learn. My teachers have become more like guardians for my education, and my peers … my second family.”

The College of Idaho has scored well in the past with The Princeton Review, routinely receiving recognition from the publication. The College received praise for its rigorous academics, strong faculty, active student life, and strong financial aid.

The Princeton Review is just the latest to honor The College of Idaho this summer:

These honors come on the heels of being recognized by the prestigious Wall Street Journal as the top college/university in Idaho last fall.

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