College of Idaho

College of Idaho
The College of Idaho
Motto Rex Lex Dux Lux
Established 1891
Type Private coeducational
Endowment $76.6 million[1]
President Marvin Henberg
Admin. staff 250
Undergraduates 1,010
Location Caldwell, ID, USA
43°39′09″N 116°40′35″W / 43.6526°N 116.6763°W / 43.6526; -116.6763Coordinates: 43°39′09″N 116°40′35″W / 43.6526°N 116.6763°W / 43.6526; -116.6763
Campus Suburban, park; 50 acres (4 km²)
Annual Fees $19,300–24,010 (2009–2010)
Mascot Coyote

The College of Idaho is a liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,010 students located in Caldwell, Idaho. From 1991 until October 2007 it was known as Albertson College of Idaho.[2]



The college was conceived in 1884 when the Presbyterian Church's Wood River Presbytery, meeting in Shoshone, formed a commission to examine the possibility of establishing a Presbyterian college somewhere in the Idaho Territory. The commission found support for such a venture and in 1890 the Presbytery accepted an offer from a group of Caldwell citizens, led by William Judson Boone, to locate the institution in that community.

The college was founded in 1891 by Dr. Rev. William Judson Boone with the support of the Wood River Presbytery. It first opened its doors to students on October 7, 1891. Nineteen students showed up at the College of Idaho for the first classes in 1891. The first classes were held downtown in the Caldwell Presbyterian Church and a year later the college moved into its own downtown building. The campus moved to its present site on the east side of town in 1910 when Henry and Carrie Blatchley donated 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land. Sterry Hall, a classroom and administration building, and Finney Hall, the first residence hall, were built that year. Voorhees Hall, the second of what would become a total of five residence halls, opened two years later.

In 1893, it was incorporated under the laws of the State of Idaho and placed in the hands of a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Dr. Boone served as president of the College for 45 years until his death in 1936.

In 1991, the college changed its name to Albertson College of Idaho to honor alumnus and long-time donor Joe Albertson and his wife Kathryn. The Albertsons, who founded one of the country's largest supermarket chains, Albertson's Inc., were generous benefactors of the college.

On October 10, 2007, college president Bob Hoover announced that the name would revert to The College of Idaho, with the mutual agreement of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, to promote acceptance and gain financial backing from alumni who were unhappy about the original name change.[3] This coincided with a ten million dollar donation by the Foundation for the community College of Western Idaho.

College Statistics

30% of students are from out of state. International students comprise 10% of the student body. There are 25 states and 80 countries represented at the college. The college maintains a 72% graduation rate. The average class size is 16 students. There is a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio. 96% of faculty have their terminal degree. The college of has a graduate school acceptance rate of 86%, medical school acceptance rate of 73%, and law school acceptance rate of 87%. Minority students make up 16% of the student body. The average financial aid package is $16,000. 80% of freshman students move on to their sophomore year. The college accepts 59% of applications. 55% of students live on campus. 30% of students are athletes. The male/female ratio is 40:60.[4]


The college offers 43 majors and 37 minors and 16 collaborative programs through 20 departments. The average GPA is 3.59. Top majors are Biology, Political Economy, English, History, Psychology, and Business.[5]


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology/Sociology
Human Services Concentration
  • Art
Graphic Design Concentration
Art History Concentration
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
Accounting Concentration
Finance Concentration
Management Concentration
Marketing Concentration
  • Business & the Arts
  • Business, Language & Culture
  • Business-International Political Economy
  • Chemistry
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature in English
  • Exercise Science
  • Environmental Studies
Chemistry Concentration
Conservation Biology Concentration
Global Studies Concentration
Literature Concentration
Philosophy Concentration
Political Economy Concentration
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • International Political Economy
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics-Physics
  • Music
Secondary Vocal Ed Concentration
Secondary Instrumental Ed Concentration
Applied Voice Concentration
Applied Violin, Viola, Cello Concentration
Composition/Theory Concentration
General Music Concentration
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education (teaching & non-teaching)
  • Political Economy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Spanish
  • Sports & Fitness Management
  • Teacher Certification (5 year program)
  • Theatre

Academic departments

The College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1922. Its teacher education program has been approved by the Idaho State Department of Education since 1913, and its graduates are eligible for certification in all states participating in the Interstate Certification Compact. The College is accepted by, and the alumnae are eligible for, membership in the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Special academic programs

  • Asian Studies[22]
  • Environmental Studies[23]
  • Gipson Scholar Program[24]
  • Leadership Program[25]

Collaborative programs

Collaborative programs between the College of Idaho and other institutions offer degrees from both with students spending three to four years at C of I and two to three years at the cooperating university.

Collaborative programs in health professions include: nursing, clinical lab science, speech and language pathology and audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science and public health.

Collaborative programs in engineering including: agricultural, biological systems, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, earth and environmental, electrical, geological, industrial, manufacturing, materials, mechanical, metallurgical and mining. There is also a collaborative program in math-computer science.

PEAK Program

"The College of Idaho PEAK Program is designed to “prepare students to lead fulfilling and productive lives” through its unique interdisciplinary core curriculum. Students will become efficient in each of the 4 PEAKs, thus developing greater breadth and depth in many different areas".[26] The academic program will be implemented in the Fall of 2010. It is made up of four different peaks: humanities & fine arts, social sciences & history, natural sciences & mathematics, and professional studies & enhancement. Each student under this catalog will be required to major in one of the four peaks, while minor in the other three. A third of all credits required to graduate will go towards exploration and will not be directly tied to a major or minors.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar provides opportunities for experimental as well as conventional approaches to learning. During the fall and spring terms traditionally formatted courses are offered over a twelve-week term. Each twelve week term is segmented by a one-week break in the middle of the term, usually following midterms. Between the fall and spring terms, a four-week winter session is offered that stresses experimentation, innovation, creative teaching, and imaginative learning using tutorials, seminars, or independent research methods. Before the PEAK Program was implemented in the Fall of 2010, the winter session was six weeks long.[27]

Student activities

The College has more than 50 student clubs and organizations, with an active student government, the Associated Students of The College of Idaho (ASCI)[28] and strong intramural and club sports programs. Intramural sports include: dodgeball, soccer, softball and flag football.

The college's Outdoor Program take advantage of Idaho's geography and include backpacking, hiking, fly fishing, camping, winter camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, inner tubing, and stargazing. There are week long trips during the breaks between terms and after midterms.

Other student organizations include student government, the Resident Hall Association, the Student Philanthropy Council, Campus Ministries, the International Student Organization, etc. Some on-campus clubs are Circle K International, Swing Dance Club, and Philotech to name a few.

The College has three fraternities: Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Chi, and four sororities: Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Sigma Epsilon.[29]


The College of Idaho Coyote athletic teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Coyote is the school's mascot, but C of I teams are often referred to as the "Yotes."[30]

The men's and women's ski teams have won 34 national championships in the last 27 years.[citation needed] The men's baseball team has qualified for postseason play every year since 1987, winning the Division II NAIA national men's basketball championship in 1996.

C of I sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, skiing, soccer, swimming, and track. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

All 19 of The College of Idaho's NAIA teams were honored as NAIA Scholar Team for 2008/2009 season. Each team maintained an average GPA of at least 3.0. This set an all-time NAIA record for number of Scholar Teams in one season.[31]

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

The College of Idaho houses the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History in William Judson Boone Hall. It is the only natural history museum for southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon, and northern Nevada. The natural history museum serves three main purposes: to support the educational programs at The College of Idaho, to provide a resource to the community, and to house resources for scientific research. The museum is a repository for some very large regional collections.[32] In fact, the College has loaned museum collections all across the world.[33]

President Marvin J. Henberg

President Henberg was inaugurated as The College of Idaho's 12th President in the Fall of 2009. He is originally from Wyoming, and is a first generation college graduate. Dr. Henberg received a full scholarship to Washington and Lee University. He is also a Rhodes Scholar recipient. Before C of I, President Henberg was the interim president and chair and a professor for Linfield College's philosophy department. Before Linfield College, Dr. Henberg was a philosophy professor for 18 years at the University of Idaho. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas, and a B.A & M.A. (Honours) from Oxford University (Magdalen College).[34]

Noteworthy alumni

Among the alumni who have become elected officials, successful business owners, and other community leaders are two former governors, current Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, an Academy Award-winning musician, and the founder of Albertson's Inc.

Noteworthy faculty

  • Jim Angresano, Political Economy & International Political Economy; named Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professor of the Year, 2006
  • Steven Maughan, History;
  • John Thuerer, Psychology;
  • Rochelle Johnson, English and Environmental Studies; named Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professor of the Year, 2010
  • Sara Heggland, Biology;
  • Eric Yensen, Biology;
  • Howard Berger, History;
  • Jasper LiCalzi, Political Economy;
  • Kerry Hunter, Political Economy; named Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professor of the Year, 2008
  • Robin Lorentzen, Sociology


The personal papers of Robert E. Smylie and the legislative papers of former senator Steve Symms are located at the college. The Steunenberg Papers, which detail Idaho's Trial of the Century, were recently donated to the Archives. The College of Idaho archivist is photographic artist/historian Jan Boles (College of Idaho '65).

Idaho's Gem and Mineral Collection is located at the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum at the College.

Community involvement

Jewett Auditorium hosts the Caldwell Fine Arts Series[35] which was founded in 1961 as a co-operative effort between the college and community leaders to present world class events and artists. The performances sponsored by the Caldwell Fine Arts Series have included a wide variety of disciplines: solo artists, chamber music, orchestra, theater, opera, ballet, ethnic dance and jazz. Jewett Auditorium was built to house a three manual pipe organ donated by the Jewett family. The interior of the auditorium was designed for acoustical excellence and seats 850 people. The building was completed in 1962 with funds from the Presbyterian Synod of Idaho and the Jewett Foundation.

Langroise Trio

The Langroise Trio was founded in 1991 from the Gladys Langroise Advised Fund. Samuel Smith, David Johnson, and Geoffrey Trabichoff make up the trio as artists-in-residence at The College of Idaho. Samuel Smith has been principal cellist of the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic where he was a frequent soloist and a member of the Freimann Quartet. Samuel was also a cellist for the Grant Park Symphony of Chicago. He has served as assistant principal cellist of the Florida Symphony, and has been on the adjunct faculty at Anderson College and the summer faculty at Ball State University. David Johnson has been principal violist of the Iceland Symphony and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, and a member of the Freimann Quartet. David was assistant principal violist for the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago and holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions and a featured artist on Iceland National Radio Broadcasts. Geoffrey Trabichoff is Concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic. He is the former concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony and former leader of the Paragon Ensemble of Scotland. Geoffrey has broadcast numerous concertos for the BBC. He has been guest concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic and the London Symphony as well as the Northern Sinfonia, BBC Welsh and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. He also served as concertmaster of the Mannheim Chamber and Hanover State Orchestras in Germany.[36]


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