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Undergrad Profile

Get ready to explore new terrain at The College of Idaho! Since the College’s founding in 1891, generations of students have embraced opportunities to challenge themselves and investigate the unknown. 

That spirit of adventure and exploration continues to invigorate our campus today. We invite you to come and see what makes the C of I one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the West—and a truly special place to experience your education. 

Success is our forte
College of Idaho students recognize that growing stronger intellectually, professionally, and personally comes from pushing the limits of your comfort zone, looking at the world in new ways, and discovering the endless possibilities that await. Your C of I education will prepare you to succeed throughout your life and career. 

At The College of Idaho, you’ll find a close-knit community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni—also known as the “Yote Fam”—who are dedicated to helping you become your best self. You’ll receive individual attention from caring professors who know your strengths, interests, and passions. You’ll make lifelong friends on our vibrant and diverse residential campus. And you’ll become an integral part of our 1,100-student community, which includes 50+ student clubs, 21 sports teams, seven fraternities and sororities, and outstanding performing and visual arts programs.

Excellence is our tradition
College of Idaho graduates excel in all walks of life. Our alumni include seven Rhodes Scholars, Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, three governors, four NFL players, and countless business leaders and innovators. C of I alumni aren’t just successful professionals; they are engaged members of their communities who are making a difference all around the world.

The excellence of our graduates begins on campus, where students and professors are making new discoveries every day. The College recently celebrated its seventh Rhodes Scholar (Amanda Frickle ’12), third Truman Scholar (Tyler Hatch ’13), and eighth Goldwater Scholar (Dannen Wright ’15). In addition, the C of I faculty has  had four Idaho Professor of the Year Award winners since 2006.

Coyote student-athletes also enjoy a winning tradition, both in sports and in life. Roughly one-third of the student body participates in varsity athletics, and Coyote student-athletes have captured 23 national championships since 2011! Our men’s basketball team hasn’t lost a home game in two years, and our recently restored football team ranks #2 in the NAIA for home attendance.

PEAK is our curriculum
Get ready for an educational journey like no other! The College’s distinctive PEAK Curriculum allows every student to graduate with a major and three minors in four years. Through PEAK, C of I undergrads gain literacy in each of four academic areas: fine arts & humanities, social sciences & history, natural sciences & mathematics, and a professional field. PEAK graduates are Professional, Ethical, Articulate, and Knowledgeable—and ready for success, no matter where life takes them.

At The College of Idaho, we believe a liberal arts education is the best preparation for life. PEAK combines a liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields, maximizing student choice and eliminating the need to “get classes out of the way.” There are 26 majors and 58 minors to choose from. PEAK is a big reason President Charlotte Borst believes the C of I is the liberal arts college of the future!

Explore Idaho!
Welcome to the Gem State! Idaho is home to some of America’s most awe-inspiring natural beauty, and the C of I campus is just minutes away from world-class opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and more!
Campus also is just 30 minutes from downtown Boise, a thriving city with a multitude of dining and entertainment options. Enjoy the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra; professional baseball, basketball, and hockey; the Boise Art Museum; Zoo Boise; the World Center for Birds of Prey; and more! No matter what your interests are, southwest Idaho is an amazing place to live and learn.




Founded: 1891

Location: Caldwell, a residential community of 46,000 located 30 miles from downtown Boise, the third-most populous metro area in the Northwest

Enrollment: 1,140

Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Average Class Size: 13

Campus: 21 buildings on 50 acres

Athletics: 21 sports competing in the NAIA and USCSA

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The C of I offers merit-based scholarships and need-based grants.

Tuition & Fees: $25,400 (2015–2016) 

Room & Board: $8,351 (2015–2016)

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Nearby Recreation: Boise Foothills, Bogus Basin Ski Resort, downtown Boise, Boise Art Museum, pro sports (baseball, basketball, and hockey), Owyhee Canyonlands, Zoo Boise, Boise National Forest, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, whitewater rafting and kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking trails

Social Media: Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Fields of Study

Majors: Accounting 150 Hours, Anthropology/Sociology, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Composition/Music Theory, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Exercise Physiology, Health Sciences, History, Human Performance, Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Pre-certification, International Political Economy, Literature in English, Mathematics, Mathematics—Computer Science, Mathematics—Physics, Music, Philosophy, Political Economy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Theatre

Minors: Analytical Chemistry, Anthropology/Sociology, Applied Mathematics, Art History, Art and Design, Asian Studies, Bilingual Education, Biology, British Studies, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Coaching, Computer Science, Computer Studies, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice Studies, Dual-Degree Engineering, Education, English as a Second Teaching Field, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Science, French, French Foundations, Geosciences, Health Education, Health Professions Studies, History, Human Biology, Human Services, International Development, Journalism, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Leadership–Business Leadership Emphasis, Leadership—Christian Leadership Emphasis, Literacy Education, Literature in English, Mathematics, Music, Music Performance, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Sciences, Physics, Political Economy, Pre-law, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Spanish Foundations, Speech Rhetoric, Teaching English as a Second Language, Technical and Analytical Skills in the Natural Sciences, Theatre, Visual Studies