The College of Idaho
Climb Higher: Big Opportunities at a Small College
At The College of Idaho, you’ll find being part of a small community means more opportunity.
At The College of Idaho, a nationally-ranked liberal arts college of just over 1,100 students, you’ll find being part of a small, close-knit community means more opportunity. More opportunity to work one-on-one with professors, more opportunity to be a leader, and more opportunity to pursue your individual passions. With alumni who include three governors, four NFL players, seven Rhodes Scholars, and two Pulitzer and Academy Award winners, our success preparing graduates who excel is clear.
Recognized as one of the nation’s best college values, The College of Idaho is dedicated to preparing students to lead in a rapidly changing world. You’ll learn from outstanding professors who will challenge you to ask questions and think more deeply. And they’ll be there to support you, helping you reach your potential.
We enjoy a vibrant campus that's alive with activity. Students of color make up 21 percent of our student body and another 8 percent are international students, representing 46 countries. With more than 50 student organizations, 21 sports teams, seven fraternities and sororities, and outstanding performing and visual arts programs, there’s always something to do.
Our PEAK Curriculum
The College is committed to preparing you not just for your first job, but for the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime. Our innovative PEAK Curriculum—inspired by the independent spirit of our 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.
You’ll design an individualized academic path based on your own passions and goals, rather than taking a checklist of courses. With 26 majors and 57 minors to choose from, the possibilities are nearly endless. Nearby Boise also provides a strong high-tech industry and is a regional business and cultural center as the Northwest’s third most populous metro area, providing numerous internships for our students.
The College of Idaho’s four-week January term offers many 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.
Idaho: Urban Fun and Natural Beauty
If you’re looking for the opportunities a bustling metropolitan area presents while also enjoying easy access to the great outdoors, The College of Idaho offers the best of both worlds.
Our campus is a 30 minute drive to Boise’s bustling downtown. You can enjoy a lively theatre and dance scene, tons of live music, professional sports, museums, farmers markets and more in a city named Best Town in the Western U.S. by Outside Magazine.
Idaho’s natural beauty is second to none, with awe-inspiring mountains, raging rivers and pristine forests in abundance. At The College of Idaho you’re a short drive from several ski resorts, three of the nation’s premier whitewater rivers, hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, world-class fishing and much more. The College’s student-run Outdoor Program helps promote outdoor education and recreation.
In a single day, you can easily go skiing or whitewater rafting in the morning, attend a baseball game in the afternoon, check out a concert in the evening and still catch a late-night dinner. Our Idaho setting inspires the mind and invigorates the body.