U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings have been released and The College of Idaho placed highly on three different lists.
The College ranked seventh out of 103 regional colleges in the West as well as ninth in the “Best Value” category and 10th in social mobility. The marks represent the top ranking among Idaho schools in each of the three regional categories.
U.S. News evaluated nearly 1,500 four-year bachelor's degree-granting institutions in the United States on as many as 19 measures for this issue.
According to the publication itself, to be ranked, institutions had to meet the following conditions: have regional accreditation, be included in Carnegie's Basic classification but not designated as a "highly specialized" school, enroll at least 100 undergraduate students, have reported financial expenditures data to the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) finance survey, and have reported a six-year graduation rate of full-time, first-year bachelor’s degree-seeking students in recent years. Surveyed schools not passing all of these criteria are listed as unranked.
U.S. News & World Report joins this list of others to recognize The College of Idaho in recent weeks:
- Inclusion in the Fiske Guide to College as one of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
- Ranked No. 26 in Best Colleges & Universities in the West, No. 38 in Best Small Colleges, and No. 45 in Best Value Colleges by College Consensus.
- Ranked among top colleges or universities in the Rocky Mountain Region and a “Hidden Gem” in the nation by College Raptor.
- Ranked among the top 700 schools by Money Magazine in Money’s 2023 Best Colleges.
- One of 27 colleges or universities across 22 states nationwide to be recognized for creating positive outcomes for its students.
- Princeton Review’s “Best in the West.”
- Best in Class, “Best in the United States: Baccalaureate Colleges with Diverse Fields.”
The College of Idaho has a 132-year-old legacy of excellence. The College is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition, and history of producing successful graduates, including eight 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 www.collegeofidaho.edu.