Admission Parent Piece
The education your son or daughter receives is the most important investment he or she will make in life. A quality education should prepare a young person not just for a first job, but for an entire career. College should prepare graduates not only for success in the workplace, but also to become productive citizens and to lead fulfilling lives. At The College of Idaho, our commitment is to prepare students to thrive, wherever their personal journey takes them. We deliver on this commitment through our distinctive PEAK curriculum, our outstanding faculty who put teaching first, our supportive community, and numerous opportunities for service and leadership. And, because we place students first, the vast majority graduate in four years, ready to start their careers or pursue graduate studies. That’s real value.
Prepared F OR L I F E DISCOVER THE COLLEGE OF IDAHO ADVANTAGE Value. For Life. The education your son or daughter receives is the most important investment he or she will make in life. A quality education should prepare a young person not just for a first job, but for an entire career. College should prepare graduates not only for success in the workplace, but also to become productive citizens and to lead fulfilling lives. At The College of Idaho, our commitment is to prepare students to thrive, wherever their personal journey takes them. We deliver on this commitment through our distinctive PEAK curriculum, our outstanding faculty who put teaching first, our supportive community, and numerous opportunities for service and leadership. And, because we place students first, the vast majority graduate in four years, ready to start their careers or pursue graduate studies. Thatâ€™s real value. We invite you to learn more about The College of Idaho advantage. Youâ€™ll discover why itâ€™s an investment that will pay dividends that last a lifetime. “Catching, identifying, weighing and tagging native redband trout in their spawning area in the beautiful Boise foothills was an experience our son had in a class taught by Dr. Chris Walser. Most colleges cannot offer that. Also, most colleges do not have professors whose main emphasis is teaching. Professors such as Dr. Mark Gunderson and Dr. Howard Berger who give excellent lectures, are respected and hard working are the strength of The College of Idaho.” —Paul and Karen Montgomery, parents of Greg Montgomery ’13, biology major Our tradition of excellence 6 Rhodes Scholars 3 State governors 75% of medical school applicants accepted 97% of students attending full time for 4 consecutive years graduate on time Ranked among the Top 5 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in the Northwest by U.S. News & World Report C of I students give their professors a rating of 93 (maximum of 100) for being interesting and accessible, higher than institutions such as Harvard, UCLA, New York University and Michigan. Faculty who teach from the heart You know a good teacher when you meet one. They have this amazing ability to help students understand complex subjects. They listen. They push. They inspire. They care. Professors at The College of Idaho want their students to succeed—not just in school, but in life. Teaching comes first at the C of I, both inside and outside the classroom. Opportunities abound for students to work closely with faculty members on research and creative work across all disciplines—from studying tropical ecosystems in Australia to composing an original rock opera. S T U D E N T T O FAC U LT Y R AT I O 12–1 AV E R A G E C L A S S S I Z E 10.8 students CLASSES WITH 30 OR FEWER STUDENTS 93% C A R N E G I E F O U N D AT I O N I D A H O P R O F E S S O R S O F T H E Y E A R 4 (2006, 2008 , 2010, & 2011) Learn for Life O U R C U R R I C U L U M F O R T H E 21 S T C E N T U R Y Our No. 1 priority is to prepare students for a lifetime of success, and our innovative PEAK curriculum does just that. PEAK expands academic opportunities, allowing students to explore and develop many areas of interest while providing the versatility and adaptability that employers are demanding. It challenges students to gain expertise in four key academic areas or â€œpeaksâ€?â€”the humanities & fine arts, social sciences & history, natural sciences & mathematics, and a professional field. When students graduate with one major and three minors after four years, they will possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to succeed in practically any endeavor they choose. PEAK empowers. L E A R N M O R E AT C O L LE G E O F I D A H O . E D U / P E A K THE C O L L E G E o f i da h o “I’ve been doing research with Dr. Carolyn Dadabay, one of the chemistry professors here, since the summer after my freshman year… I love how all of my professors have a really great passion for their subjects that they want to share with students.” —Daisy Ambriz, senior biology major “We have smart kids and small classrooms—it is a very intimate teaching environment. Our students ask tough questions and expect to learn a lot. In my time here, I’ve seen students go on to law school at Yale, Harvard, Texas…. They call or write back to us and they say ‘We are as prepared as anybody here.’ If you come to school here and put in the work, you’ll walk away very confident and very strong.” —Professor Kerry Hunter, political economy/pre-law Hear more from Daisy and Professor Hunter at collegeofidaho.edu/coyoteportraits. Financial Aid 101 The value of a College of Idaho education is nationally recognized in publications such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which in 2011 named us one of the Top 100 private college values in the U.S. for our combination of affordability and academic excellence. • Three-quarters of first-year students receive need-based awards of $13,000 or more from the College and federal government • 99% of first-year students receive financial aid The College offers generous financial aid to its students based on need, academic success, fine arts and other talents, and athletic participation. Combined with our solid on-time graduation rate, that helps College of Idaho students graduate with less debt than typical students attending public institutions of higher education in states such as Idaho, Oregon and Montana. When you factor in the personal, high quality education that C of I students receive, that’s a value that pays off for a lifetime. Learn more about financial aid and scholarships at collegeofidaho.edu/financialaid. 7 REASONS to choose The College of Idaho OUTSTANDING FACULTY Four of the last six Idaho Professors of the Year are C of I faculty members. Our faculty are highly regarded for innovative teaching, providing individual mentoring to students and scholarly achievement. SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI C of I alumni are leaders in their professions and communities, including the founders of Albertson’s and Patagonia, the best-selling author of “The President’s Vampire” series, the co-discoverer of vitamin B12, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and an Academy Award-winning composer. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Located in the Boise metro area—the Northwest’s 3rd most populous and a technology industr y hub—the C of I of fers access to numerous internship and employment opportunities. Students have interned at Idaho National Laborator y, NASA, Boise Art Museum, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Merrill Lynch and the Bank of China. FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE Our FYE program will provide your son or daughter with the tools needed to succeed academically and socially. Meetings with a faculty advisor, study groups and the McCall Wilderness Experience with the entire class help get college started on the right note. A CAMPUS THAT REFLECTS THE WORLD With international students comprising 10% of our student body and representing 50+ countries, and another 17 percent of our students being minority American or multiethnic, C of I students graduate with a broader understanding of other cultures, customs and peoples. STRONG RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY Living and learning go hand-in-hand at the C of I, providing academic support and tons of fun activities. First-year students are connected with peer-mentors who help welcome them to the College community and its resources. FOOD THAT WOULD MAKE GRANDMA SMILE Students rave about the culinar y expertise of campus food ser vice provider Bon Appétit and its use of locally-grown, fresh food to make meals from scratch. Beauty surrounds us One of the things students enjoy most about the C of I is our Idaho setting. Love the outdoors? Our students have access to world-class opportunities for skiing, mountain biking, camping, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing and more—all within a short drive. The College’s Outdoor Program rents equipment and organizes trips so outdoor enthusiasts and novices alike can enjoy these treasures. For those who prefer the urban scene, Downtown Boise is just 30 minutes away. Enjoy dining, a lively theatre and dance community, tons of live music, professional sports, museums, farmer’s markets and lush city parks connected by the popular Boise River Greenbelt. There’s something for everyone here in the Gem State. Students can enjoy their favorite hobbies, or develop new ones. A spirit of exploration runs strongly within our community. TOP 5 IDAHO ATTRACTIONS 1. Yellowstone National Park—Geysers, mountains and wildlife galore! 2. Boise Foothills—100+ miles of foot/bike trails. 3. Museums—Boise Art Museum, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Discovery Center of Idaho, Idaho Botanical Garden, World Center for Birds of Prey, and more! 4. Pro Sports—Idaho Stampede basketball, Idaho Steelheads hockey and Boise Hawks baseball. 5. Sawtooth Mountains—A campers’ and hikers’ paradise. Learn about more of Idaho’s treasures at collegeofidaho.edu/ouridahosetting. Explore our community We invite you and your student to visit and experience The College of Idaho f irsthand. Weâ€™ll create an individual visit that is tailored just for your student, or take part in one of our group Discover y Days. Schedule your visit by emailing visitcenter@collegeof idaho.edu, calling 800.2C. IDAHO or 208.459.5305, or register online at collegeof idaho.edu/visit. 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