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of Idaho (1991–2007)
|Motto||Rex Lex Dux Lux|
Motto in English
|My Leader, my Light, my King, and my Law|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Established||1891, 128 years ago|
(has ties with the Presbyterian Church 
|President||Jim Everett, Doug Brigham|
COLLEGE OF IDAHO Latitude and Longitude:
50 acres (20 ha)
|Annual Fees||$25,400 (2015–2016)|
|Athletics||NAIA – CCC, Frontier Conference ( football only)|
|Sports||20 varsity teams|
The College of Idaho (C of I) is a private, residential liberal arts college in the western United States, located in Caldwell, Idaho. Founded in 1891, it is the state's oldest private liberal arts college, with an enrollment of 1,140 students. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The C of I has produced seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors and four NFL players. Its PEAK Curriculum allows students to study in the four knowledge areas of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to earn a major and three minors in four years.
- 1 History
- 2 Statistics
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student activities
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History
- 7 President
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 Archives
- 10 Community involvement
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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 128 years ago 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 (8.1 ha) 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's board of trustees unanimously voted to change its name to Albertson College of Idaho to honor alumnus and long-time donor Joe Albertson (1906–1993) and his wife Kathryn (1908–2002).  The couple, who founded one of the country's largest supermarket chains, Albertson's Inc., met in a chemistry class at C of I and were generous benefactors of the college. At the time of the name change, the enrollment was 640 students. 
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.   This coincided with a $50 million donation by the foundation to the college.
Seventy percent of its students are from Idaho, and international students comprise nearly 10% of the student body. There are more than twenty states and forty countries represented. The C of I maintains a 63% graduation rate, and there is a 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio; 85% of full-time faculty have their terminal degree. The college has a medical school acceptance rate of more than 85%. Minority students make up more than 20% of the student body, and more than one-third of the enrollment identifies as first-generation college students. 86% of freshman students move on to their sophomore year. The college accepts 68% of applications. More than 60% of students live on the close-knit, residential campus. Approximately 40% of students are varsity athletes, and the male/female ratio is 48:52. 
The College offers 26 majors, 58 minors, three graduate programs and a variety of collaborative programs through 16 departments. Popular majors include Biology, Business, History, Psychology, and Political Economy. 
- Master of Arts in Teaching 
- Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction 
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies 
- Biology 
- Chemistry 
- Health & Human Performance 
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
- Art 
- English 
- Modern Languages 
- Music 
- Philosophy and Religion 
- Theatre & Speech Arts 
- Anthropology & Sociology 
- Business & Accounting 
- Education 
- History 
- Political Economy 
- Psychology 
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).
- Asian Studies 
- Environmental Studies 
- Gipson Honors Program 
- Leadership Program 
- Judaic Studies 
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, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science and public health.
"PEAK is The College of Idaho's highly distinctive, undergraduate curriculum. PEAK allows students to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years .... PEAK empowersstudents to design their own curriculum within a structure that gives both breadth and depth to their education."  The curriculum was 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 curriculum is required to major in one of the four peaks, while minoring in the other three.
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 Curriculum was implemented in the Fall of 2010, the winter session was six weeks long. 
The College has more than 50 student clubs and organizations, with an active student government, the Associated Students of The College of Idaho (ASCI)  and strong intramural and club sports programs. Intramural sports include: basketball, soccer, softball and flag football.
The College's Outdoor Program  takes 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. The Outdoor Program leads 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, Students for Life, and Philotech to name a few.
The College of Idaho is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA). The College primarily competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC), although it is a member of the Frontier Conference for football, the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) for men's lacrosse and the Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference (NWCSC) for men's and women's skiing. In 2014, the C of I reinstated its football program after a 37-year hiatus.  The Coyote is the school's mascot, but C of I teams are often referred to as the "Yotes."  The College offers 10 men's and 10 women's sports:
Since 2011, C of I student-athletes have won 23 national championships. The men's and women's ski teams have won 48 individual and team national championships while competing in the Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association.  The College's track and cross country teams have won 13 individual and relay national titles. 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 1998. The men's basketball team won the 1996 NAIA Division II national title. The men's basketball team is currently coached by former UCLA assistant coach Scott Garson and has earned back-to-back Cascade Conference championships and NAIA National Tournament appearances while going undefeated on its home floor. In 2014, the C of I football team ranked No. 2 in the NAIA for attendance with more than 4,500 fans per game.
All 19 of The College of Idaho's NAIA teams were honored as NAIA Scholar Team for 2008-09 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.  C of I student-athletes continue to earn high marks in the class room and are among the annual leaders in scholar-athlete and academic All-America honorees.
The College of Idaho houses the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History in William Judson Boone Science 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.  In fact, the College has loaned museum collections all across the world. 
Dr. Robert Hoover re-joined The College of Idaho as the school's interim President on August 24, 2017.
Dr. Hoover arrived at then-Albertson College of Idaho in August 2003 and served as President to July 2009. He was associated with driving programs to increase enrollment and during his C of I tenure, new student enrollment increased by 21% and total enrollment in the fall 2009 exceeded 1000 students for the first time in the College’s history. Also, during those years, he was involved in building the College’s financial standing through significant gifts. For example, between 2005 and 2007, the college received $72 million in gifts from the Albertson Foundation of which $50 million was added to the college’s endowment and the college returned to its original name --The College of Idaho. The $50 million awarded to the College was the largest gift ever to an Idaho college or university. 
On February 25th, 2018, The College of Idaho announced two co-presidents, Jim Everett and Doug Brigham. Everett was the CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, while Brigham previously served as the president of TitleOne.
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, seven Rhodes Scholars, 14 Truman, Marshall and Goldwater Scholars, the founder of Albertson's Inc. and the co-founder of Patagonia Outerwear
- Joe Albertson, founder of Albertson's supermarkets, notable philanthropist 
- Kathryn Albertson, wife of the founder of the Albertsons chain of grocery stores, notable philanthropist 
- Elgin Baylor, 11 time NBA all-star, played his first collegiate season at The College of Idaho
- Andy Benoit, sports journalist who covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated
- Cary Coglianese
- Christopher Farnsworth, novelist
- Warren Jones, justice, Idaho Supreme Court
- Larry Lujack
- C.L. "Butch" Otter, current Governor of Idaho
- R.C. Owens, NFL wide receiver, played for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts, and New York Giants
- Klaus Scharioth, former German ambassador to the United States
- Gerald Schroeder, former chief justice, Idaho Supreme Court
- Mary Shaw Shorb, research scientist, invented first method to assay Vitamin B-12
- Elmo Smith, former Governor of Oregon
- Paul Smith, Academy Award-winning composer
- Robert Smylie, 24th Governor of Idaho, 1955 to 1967 
- Kristine Tompkins, co-founder of Patagonia and founder of Conservacion Patagonica
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.
Jewett Auditorium hosts the Caldwell Fine Arts Series  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. Jewett Auditorium also serves as the home stage of Music Theatre of Idaho and Dreamweaver Musical Theatre.
The College of Idaho 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. 
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