College of Idaho adds a record class of new students

Fall 2019 is a record-setter at The College of Idaho.

The Caldwell private college opened its doors to 406 new students — 361 first-year students and 45 transfer students.

These numbers break college records dating back to 2013, and they mark the fourth successive year of increases in new enrollments. The C of I says it will need to be strategic about enrollment in the future. But Brian Bava, the college’s vice president of enrollment management, says the college was able to grow enrollment without compromising academic standards.

“Not only did we grow our freshman class, but we grew our students from Idaho, we grew the number of female students, we grew the number of students from the Boise high schools, we grew the number of international students,” Bava said in a news release. “All that growth in key populations for us is really important.”

The incoming high school graduates had an average GPA of 3.75, the college says. Nearly a quarter of these first-year students graduated in the top 10 of their graduating class, and 12 ranked at the top of their class.

Idaho’s public colleges and universities will release their fall enrollment numbers in October.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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