College of Idaho

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2112 Cleveland Boulevard

Caldwell, ID 83605

Phone: (208) 459-5011
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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College of Idaho is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,042, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. College of Idaho's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 167. Its tuition and fees are $23,725 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The College of Idaho is a private, residential liberal arts college that prepares students to lead productive and fulfilling lives. We are committed to an innovative, individualized curriculum in liberal arts and professional studies, to building a strong campus community, and to exercising stewardship.
Our distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities and fine arts, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. PEAK combines a liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields, equipping College of Idaho graduates with the adaptability and versatility to flourish in a constantly changing world.
PEAK eliminates the aimless "cafeteria" approach to a core curriculum in which students simply check off requirements. PEAK empowers students to make their own choices about which courses to take and pursue their passions, but within a structure that encourages literacy in a particular field. The College of Idaho offers 27 major programs of academic study and 55 minors. PEAK is an acronym that stands for professional, ethical, articulate, and knowledgeable - the qualities we seek to instill in students by creating a focused program of study in four, broad academic areas.
Since 1891, The College of Idaho has maintained a legacy of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in the West, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, three governors, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, an Academy Award-winning composer, the co-discoverer of B12, the co-founder of Patagonia Outerwear, an NBA Hall-of-Famer and an NFL star. Our close-knit community of approximately 1,050 students is an ideal place to challenge yourself academically, to discover your passions, and to grow as a person and a leader.
We emphasize frequent and meaningful interaction with faculty, staff and administration, the exploration of challenging ideas, and academic studies that take place in tandem with co-curricular student life experiences. On our historic campus - as well as through internships, service opportunities and off-campus study - students become members of a community centered on exacting scholarship and life-long learning. Small class sizes and numerous opportunities to collaborate with professors on graduate-level research or creative work provide the personal attention that helps students reach their full potential.
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and have fun on The College of Idaho's beautiful residential campus. With 21 varsity and club sports teams (including the return of the C of I football team in 2014), 50+ student organizations, intramural sports, seven fraternities and sororities, outstanding visual and performing arts events, and a ton of fun and enriching campus activities, C of I students are always active. The College of Idaho's location in sunny Southwest Idaho provides easy access to some of the world's premier outdoor recreation as well as the numerous cultural and entertainment offerings of Boise, a vibrant and growing city that is the Northwest's third-most populous metropolitan area.
The College of Idaho also is one of the most diverse small colleges in the West. More than 10 percent of C of I students are international, representing more than 50 countries. Students also come from 23 different states, from Maine to Hawaii, and approximately 20 percent of students are Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American, American Indian or multi-ethnic.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $87,506,589


When applying to College of Idaho, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 97.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.9%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at College of Idaho is 11:1, and the school has 60 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of Idaho include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

College of Idaho has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,042, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 62 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 38 percent of students live off campus. College of Idaho is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,059
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

College of Idaho offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. College of Idaho also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of Idaho, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at College of Idaho.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At College of Idaho, 70.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,240.

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Tuition and fees $23,725 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,551 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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