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The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

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The College of Idaho overview
Location Caldwell, Idaho
Online collegeofidaho.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
The College of Idaho overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The College of Idaho, established in 1891 and located in Caldwell, Idaho, is a small private liberal arts college that offers a distinctive educational approach through its PEAK Curriculum, emphasizing proficiency in multiple academic disciplines. The college's historical campus, set within a suburban environment, is proximate to Boise, roughly 30 miles to the east. Architecturally, the campus showcases a mix of modern and historic buildings, including the well-known Sterry Hall. With a student body of around 1,000, The College of Idaho provides a close-knit community with a majority of undergraduates residing in campus housing. Academically, the college is recognized for programs in biology, history, and environmental studies. The College of Idaho has a moderately selective admissions process, seeking students who demonstrate strong academic potential. While the college maintains various athletic teams known as the Yotes, it is particularly noted for its skiing and snowboarding teams.

In the most recent statistical year 4,490 prospective students applied, and 2,044 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 269 enrolled in the school.  1,065 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 17 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $33,825 plus fees of $805. C of I is ranked 433 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












C of I is rated within the top 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

The College of Idaho overview
SAT 1070/1240
ACT 23/29

Applications Accepted

The College of Idaho overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for The College of Idaho
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$805
Room and Board $10,820
Budget for Other Expenses$2,200
Total One Year Cost$48,850

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by The College of Idaho students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 15%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Biology 13%
Social Sciences 10%
History 10%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=142294 IPEDS survey data for The College of Idaho.

Current students may use the The College of Idaho GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.