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The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

Being part of a small community means more opportunity at The College of Idaho. More opportunity to work one-on-one with professors, more opportunity to be a leader, and more opportunity to pursue one’s individual passions. With alumni who include three governors, four NFL players, seven Rhodes Scholars, and two Pulitzer and Academy Award winners, the C of I has demonstrated its success preparing graduates who excel.

 

A College of Idaho education empowers students to gain transformational, relevant experiences that prepare them to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The College enjoys a vibrant campus of 1,100 students with more than 50 student organizations, 20 sports teams, seven fraternities and sororities, and outstanding performing and visual arts programs.

 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,039 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female
25% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
84 full-time faculty
56 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
94% of first year students live on campus
59% of all students live on campus

School Location

The College sits adjacent to the historic district of Caldwell, a city of more than 46,000 that lies just 30 minutes west of downtown Boise, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest. The campus is ideally situated for both outdoor enthusiasts and those who want to enjoy the opportunities of a big city while living in a safe, residential community.

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices

First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

82% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate

68% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015

Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 2%
White 66%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%

Athletics

Athletic Division: NAIA (The College of Idaho competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference except for football, which will compete in the Frontier Conference). The College’s ski team competes in the USCSA.

19 Varsity Sports:
Cross–Country (Men’s & Women’s)
Soccer (Men’s & Women’s)
Volleyball (Women)
Skiing (Men’s & Women’s)
Basketball (Men’s & Women’s)
Baseball
Golf (Men’s and Women’s)
Softball
Track & Field (Men’s and Women’s)
Women’s Tennis
Football
Swimming (Men’s & Women’s)
Lacrosse (Club sport – men’s)
Men’s Tennis (Club sport)

Mascot:  Coyote
Colors:  Purple and Gold

Academic Programs

Majors: Accounting, Anthropology/Sociology, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Composition / Music Theory, Creative Writing, Elementary Education, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, History, International Political Economy, Literature in English, Mathematics, Mathematics – Computer Science, Mathematics – Physics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Economy, Psychology, Religion, Spanish, Theatre

Minors: http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/peak-guide/peak-minors

Graduate Programs: http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/sites/default/files/2013-14%20Graduate%20Catalog.pdf

More Distinctions

  • Princeton Review ranks The College of Idaho among The Best 379 Colleges. The C of I also cracked three of the Princeton Review’s national top 20 lists: “Happiest Students” (No. 12); “Best Health Services” (No. 14) and “Most Accessible Professors” (No. 16).

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks The College of Idaho No. 159 among “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” Named an “A-plus schools for B Students” among liberal arts colleges for four consecutive years.

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine ranked The College of Idaho No. 82 among the nation’s best private college values for its combination of affordability and academic quality (No. 4 among private colleges in the Northwest).

  • The College of Idaho ranks in the top 1 percent of all colleges in the number of Rhodes Scholars per graduate, with 7 alumni selected as Rhodes Scholars.

  • College Factual ranked C of I No. 19 on its list of best college values in the nation. 

  • Ski Racing Magazine has cited C of I for having one of nation’s top 10 ski programs, with 48 individual and team national championships in skiing and snowboarding.

Students are encouraged to learn by doing at The College of Idaho. From participating in research projects with faculty to conducting hands-on projects with local businesses and non-profit organizations, C of I students apply what they learn outside of the classroom.

The C of I’s innovative PEAK Curriculum—inspired by the independent spirit of its unique Idaho setting—is designed to provide an education that is both broad and deep. Through PEAK, every student earns a major and three minors spread across the four knowledge peaks of the fine arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and professional studies. Each student designs an individualized academic path based on his or her own passions and goals, rather than taking a checklist of courses.

Undergraduate research and creative work are integrated throughout all fields of study at the C of I and supported by its Student Research Grant Program. Nearly half of all C of I students do research with a faculty member during their time at the College, and an annual Student Research Conference celebrates the numerous scholarly and creative projects completed by students.

The College of Idaho’s four-week January term offers numerous opportunities for off-campus study.  In recent years, C of I students have studied tropical ecosystems in Australia, London’s history and culture, environmental literature and wilderness in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, and international business in Paris. In addition to these faculty-led study experiences, C of I students can study for a semester or more in more than 50 countries through partner institutions.

Students receive assistance in finding internships through the College’s Center for Experiential Learning. Nearby Boise, the Northwest’s third most populous metro area, provides strong high-tech industries, regional businesses and cultural centers with numerous internship opportunities.  C of I students have interned at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Boise Art Museum, Hewlett-Packard, West Idaho Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Bank of China and at the U.S. Capitol with Idaho’s senators and representatives. 

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera x
Pep band x
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra x
Television station  
Yearbook x

Students learn from the best at The College of Idaho. Faculty members include four who have been named Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as well as Boise’s first Post Laureate and current Idaho Writer-in-Residence. C of I professors challenge students to test new ways of thinking in a collaborative learning environment where the average class has only 13 students.

The College of Idaho provides personalized learning opportunities throughout the undergraduate experience. Students studying chemistry and biology collaborate with C of I faculty on several biomedical research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health—from studying the impact of heavy metal toxins on human bone health to compounds in sagebrush that could have health benefits. The College’s Harold M. Tucker Herbarium and Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History offer additional opportunities for students to conduct field research with faculty members.

Music students benefit from the C of I’s relationship with the renowned Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Members of The College of Idaho Langroise Trio—comprised of the Boise Philharmonic’s principal violinist, violist and cellist—offer coaching sessions and weekly master classes for C of I students. Boise Philharmonic internships also are available, giving students an opportunity to perform with a professional metropolitan-level orchestra.

Students of all majors can participate in the College’s chapter of ENACTUS, which connects students and local business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world. With support from the C of I’s business faculty, students in ENACTUS have collaborated with local businesses on a variety of economic development projects.

The C of I’s First Year Experience Program introduces new students to the intellectual challenges, personal growth and self-discovery they will experience at the College, as well as provides tools to succeed academically and socially.  Every student meets with an academic advisor at the beginning of freshman year to begin charting their academic course, and is paired with a peer mentor who provides programming on skills such as time management and effective study techniques. The First Year Theme and Book model intellectual engagement and help develop a sense of community among first-year students by featuring guest speakers, films, debates, theatrical productions and other programming throughout the year. 

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy  
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 58 74 55 29 9 3 0 228

Great leaders are made, not born. The College of Idaho’s active and engaged community offers constant opportunities for students to get involved, explore their passions, and develop as thoughtful, effective leaders. Graduates of The College of Idaho leave with more than a degree—they enter the world prepared make a difference.

More than 50 student organizations and 7 fraternities and sororities offer hundreds of opportunities for leadership and discovering new interests. Endowed lecture series regularly bring to campus thought leaders to discuss topics such as the environment, Jewish religion and culture, and much more. Approximately one-third of the student body participates in varsity athletics, cheered on by the boisterous “Yote Fam” student section. From film screenings and intramural sports to open-mic nights and community service events, the C of I campus is always buzzing with activity.  

The College of Idaho also enjoys a campus community that reflects the world. Nearly 9 percent of students are international, representing more than 40 countries. Another 20 percent of students are American students of color and more than 30 percent identify themselves as first-generation students. Clubs such as the International Student Organization, Association of Latino Americano Students and AFRO Club are among the most active on campus. The C of I believes a broad understanding of other cultures, customs and peoples is essential for a quality education and has become a beacon of international and racial diversity in the Intermountain West. At The College of Idaho, you’ll find a microcosm of the world at every turn.

C of I’s student-run Outdoor Program also takes advantage of Idaho’s natural beauty and the wide range of outdoor activities near campus. Student directors organize trips, classes, workshops and equipment rentals for activities such as backpacking, fly fishing, camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, inner tubing—even stargazing. No previous experience is required to enjoy some of the world’s premier whitewater rivers, ski resorts and wilderness areas. 

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students x
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing x
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing x
Other housing options  

A College of Idaho education empowers students to gain transformational, relevant experiences that prepare them to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Its innovative PEAK Curriculum offers the best of both worlds: a broad and deep liberal arts education paired with professional experiences. C of I graduates are recognized for their ability to think critically, analyze issues and communicate clearly—exactly the type of person in high demand by employers and graduate schools.

Recent graduates of the College are working at Hewlett-Packard, St. Luke’s Health System, Wells Fargo, Bodybuilding.com, Microsoft and numerous other employers. C of I alumni also are frequently accepted into prestigious graduate programs such as  Harvard Law School, Oxford University, University of Washington School of Medicine and the Sarah Lawrence College MFA in Writing program. The medical school acceptance rate of C of I graduates is 75 percent.

A College of Idaho education does more than prepare graduates for success in the workplace. It also is about developing an understanding of one’s place in a wider community and contributing to the success of that community. The College of Idaho’s First Year Experience helps students become engaged members of the campus community from their first day on campus.  Meanwhile, the College’s residential life staff help foster a living environment where engaging conversations, the development of life skills, and leadership growth happen outside the classroom.

The College of Idaho is an environment full of people dedicated to helping students learn and understand the world, develop a love for learning and know that what they do matters.

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2015

955 Total Applicants
863 Total Admissions
201 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
90.37% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation

Considered
Class rank
Standardized test scores
Interview
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
First generation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 590
SAT Math 470 600
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 20 26
ACT Writing    

Application Information

To apply to The College of Idaho:

  • Complete online application at www.beacoyote.collegeofidaho.edu 
  • Submit high school transcripts
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores
  • Send official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Submit application essay (if not submitted with online application)

TUITION AND COSTS

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

https://collegeofidaho.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx 

TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017

Expenses  
Tuition $26,670
Fees $755
Total $27,425
   
Room and Board (on campus) $8,990
Estimated Total On Campus $36,415

Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-17 ESTIMATED

$22,793 First year students
$5,243 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-17 ESTIMATED

92% on average, the percentage of need that was met
20% of financial need students that had need fully met

$5,243 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,831 Average need-based loan

Scholarships

The College of Idaho awards three types of scholarships:

  • Need-based assistance includes scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a completed C of I application for admission.
  • Talent scholarships are awarded to students for outstanding achievement in activities including music, theatre, art, debate, and athletics.
  • Merit-based awards are based on your achievements, recognitions and high academic standing, and students are automatically considered for most merit awards. 
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