About The College of Idaho

The College of Idaho is a private liberal arts college that prepares students to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1891, the College is home to over 1050 undergraduate students and is the state's oldest four-year institution of higher learning.

We offer a living and learning experience that engages students and equips them with the skills and understanding necessary to flourish in a rapidly changing, diverse, and technologically informed world. We emphasize frequent and meaningful interaction with faculty, staff, and administration, the exploration of challenging ideas, and a well-rounded course of study in the liberal arts disciplines enriched by pre-professional and interdisciplinary programs in tandem with co-curricular student life experiences. We are committed to excellence in academic instruction and scholarship, and to the values of community, integrity, leadership, and service.

The College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1922. Our teacher education program has been approved by the Idaho State Department of Education since 1913, and our graduates are eligible for certification in all states participating in the Interstate Certification Compact.

The College of Idaho is located on a beautiful, residential campus in Caldwell. Tree-lined paths connect historic academic buildings, five residence halls, athletics facilities, scenic Morrison Quadrangle and McCain Student Center. In recent years, the College has completed major renovations to Simplot Dining Hall, Boone Science Hall, Jewett Auditorium, West Hall: Center for Physician Assistant Studies and Simplot Stadium, which is home to the Coyote football and soccer teams. In addition, the C of I has recently constructed the brand-new Marty Holly Athletics Center and Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, creating outstanding fitness facilities for student-athletes and the entire campus.

Students at The College of Idaho learn through our distinctive PEAK curriculum that unites liberal arts learning with professional perspectives. Students also learn in and through our distinctive location on the western Snake River plain between the foothills of the Boise Ridge and the Owyhee Mountains. Our location in Caldwell, a city of more than 45,000 people, is 30 minutes from Boise, Idaho's rapidly growing capital and home to museums, shopping, concerts, fine arts events, restaurants, and high-tech industries. We are a short drive from ski resorts, high plains deserts, mountains, hiking and biking trails, and whitewater rivers.