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There is still time to become a member of the class of 2020! As a first step, we hope you will submit your free VIP application today and begin to discover where your future can take you! In addition to your application, please ensure that we receive the following materials:

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Please contact your personal admission counselor at the information below if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Hello, <unknown>. I am Lorna Hunter, your Admissions Counselor at The College of Idaho. I am here to help if you have any questions.

I look forward to getting to know you and helping you discover why The College of Idaho could be the right fit for you. 

Best Thing about C of I: There are so many wonderful aspects about the College that it is difficult to choose, but one of my favorite things is that students take responsibility for themselves and each other. People really care, and it shows.
Best College Search Advice for Students: Stay in touch with your admission counselor and ask lots of questions. There is no issue too small, when you are deciding what college will be best for you.

 

Lorna J. Hunter, PhD

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Reach Your Peak

The College of Idaho's distinctive PEAK Curriculum produces graduates who are Professional, Ethical, Articulate, and Knowledgeable--and ready to succeed, both in their careers and in life!

PEAK combines a liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields. And with 26 majors and 55 minors to choose from, the possibilities are endless! Here is what one student had to say about their academic experience at the C of I.

"PEAK has challenged me to look outside my natural areas of interest, and to engage in fields and disciplines that I would not have explored otherwise. In allowing me to take a diverse course load, PEAK has given me the opportunity to find connections where I wouldn't have expected to—for instance, between Plato's Republic and modern art history, or between international development and contemporary world literature. The College of Idaho is all about developing critical thinking skills and creating a dynamic, well-rounded individual, and I think that PEAK helps achieve that aim."
- Megan Mizuta '15

Reasons to Join Our #YoteFam

Reasons to Join Our #YoteFam

Gipson Fellows Program

Gipson Fellows are outstanding students who have demonstrated broad intellectual curiosity and a developed aptitude for academic leadership. The Gipson Fellows Program offers these select students guided opportunities for leadership development, academic growth, and professional preparation.

The Program is named for a former College of Idaho professor and author, Lawrence Henry Gipson, who was both Idaho's first Rhodes Scholar and a member of the very first class of Rhodes Scholars at Oxford University. He went on to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in history. Today, the Gipson family continues its tradition of distinguished leadership at C of I and beyond; Scott Gipson currently serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. The Gipson Fellows Program seeks to advance this legacy of academic leadership and professional excellence. Gipson Fellows are selected based on their admission application.

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Areas of Interest

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To CHALLENGE Yourself

Academics

PEAK is our name for the highly distinctive, undergraduate curriculum at The College of Idaho that allows students to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. PEAK challenges students to attain literacy in each of four academic areas, or "peaks" - the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and a professional field.

PEAK eliminates the aimless "cafeteria" approach to a core curriculum in which students simply check off requirements. PEAK empowers students to make their own choices about which courses to take, but within a structure that encourages literacy in a particular field. We offer 26 major programs of academic study and 57 minors. Students work closely with their advisors to declare an area of interest and then design a program of study that builds a specialized knowledge base in each of the four academic peaks.

Accounting

Are you looking to develop the professional knowledge, interpersonal skills, and ethical values needed to succeed in a diverse, rapidly-changing and technology-driven world? If so - studying business or accounting at The College of Idaho is the right place for you. Our students receive individual advising from their professors, take part in hands-on projects in our community, build connections with accomplished alumni and local leaders, and have the opportunity to partner with professional mentors. The Business & Accounting program truly goes beyond the classroom to prepare you for leadership in a local or global business environment.

Click the link below to download more information about the Accounting major.

Anthropology and Sociology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology provides a broad base of knowledge in these two fields, which share a common concern for the social and cultural conditions of human life. The College offers a combined major, which allows for student choice and prepares department graduates for local and international opportunities in human services, education, business, and government.

Click the link below to download more information about the dual Anthropology and Sociology major.

Art

The College of Idaho art department fosters creativity and critical thinking through an understanding of the practice and history of the visual arts. C of I art students develop visual literacy and problem-solving skills, learn to confidently explore the many avenues of technical and creative expression, and develop an appreciation for craftsmanship. Through their experiences in the classroom and studio, our students are encouraged to see how their own creative endeavors relate to the world in which they live.

Click the link below to download information about the Art major.

Biology

The College of Idaho biology program offers a research-based curriculum taught by faculty who are committed to mentoring and engaging students in the process of science. Consistent with the liberal arts tradition, our faculty’s objectives are to give students a strong foundation in the natural and biological sciences, to prepare them for science-based careers, and to enhance their appreciation and understanding of life on earth.

Please click the link below to download information on the Biology major.

Business Administration

Are you looking to develop the professional knowledge, interpersonal skills, and ethical values needed to succeed in a diverse, rapidly-changing and technology-driven world? If so - studying business or accounting at The College of Idaho is the right place for you. Our students receive individual advising from their professors, take part in hands-on projects in our community, build connections with accomplished alumni and local leaders, and have the opportunity to partner with professional mentors. The Business & Accounting program truly goes beyond the classroom to prepare you for leadership in a local or global business environment.

Click the link below to download more information on our Business Administration major.

Chemistry

At The College of Idaho Chemistry Department, you will find a combination of rigorous work in the classroom and hands-on experience in the laboratory and will learn from professors who are committed to preparing their students for success in a wide variety of careers.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Chemistry major.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing major features coursework in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and journalism. It is designed for any student with a serious interest in writing, including those who wish to enter a Master of Fine Arts program.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Creative Writing major.

Education

As a student in The College of Idaho's Department of Education, you will gain a thorough knowledge of educational theory, best teaching practices, and the content you can apply in the classroom. We are committed to improving student learning in K-12 classrooms by preparing you to be an outstanding teacher.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Education major.

English

The English Department encourages the study of the historical and cultural contexts of literature and language, the aesthetic pleasures and values of texts and writing, and the variety of voices and experiences represented in the global literary tradition.

Please click the link below to download more information on our English major.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program at The College of Idaho offers students an education in the complex relationships among natural systems and human cultures.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Environmental Studies major.

Exercise Science

Exercise Science provides opportunities to study the science of human movement and gain hands-on experience while enhancing the quality of life by linking all campus life to positive and healthful living for College of Idaho students.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Exercise Science major.

Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Major is a broad-based program of study that prepares students for careers or graduate study in the health care industry and related areas.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Health Sciences major.

History

You will find history isn't contained simply in the pages of a textbook at The College of Idaho. Our engaging faculty breathe life into the events that have shaped human history, and you will find plenty of opportunities to interact with history first-hand - from visiting historically significant sites overseas to performing in-depth historical research.

Please click the link below to download more information on our History major.

International Political Economy

While the study of politics and economics has become separated at many colleges, The College of Idaho recognizes that a good understanding of either discipline really requires a good understanding of both.

Please click the link below to download more information on the International Political Economy major.

Math & Computer Science

The study of mathematics requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problem-solving skills. At The College of Idaho, we provide the opportunity to expand and develop these skills as you acquire a broad range of mathematical and scientific knowledge.

Please click the link below to download more information on the Math & Computer Science major.

Math & Physics

The study of mathematics or the physical sciences requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problem-solving skills. At The College of Idaho we provide the opportunity to expand and develop these skills as you acquire a broad range of mathematical and scientific knowledge.

Please click the link below to download more information about the Math & Physics major.

Mathematics

The study of mathematics requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problem-solving skills. At The College of Idaho we provide the opportunity to expand and develop these skills as you acquire a broad range of mathematical and scientific knowledge.

Please click the link below to download more information on the Mathematics major.

Music

The Department of Music at The College of Idaho transforms students into scholar-performers, who think critically and creatively, and are prepared for diverse careers.

Please click the link below to download more information about the Music major.

Music Theory

The Department of Music at The College of Idaho transforms students into scholar-performers, who think critically and creatively, and are prepared for diverse careers.

Please click the link below to download more information about the Music Theory major.

PEAK Overview

The College of Idah's distinctive PEAK Curriculum produces graduates who are Professional, Ethical, Articulate, and Knowledgeable--and ready to succeed, both in their careers and in life!

PEAK combines a liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields. And with 26 majors and 55 minors to choose from, the possibilities are endless! Here are some combinations C of I students are exploring academically through PEAK.

Physical Education

Physical Education provides opportunities to study the science of human movement and gain hands-on experience while enhancing the quality of life by linking all campus life to positive and healthful living for College of Idaho students.

Please click the link below to download more information about the Physical Education major.

Psychology

At The College of Idaho Psychology Department, you will learn first-hand from outstanding professors with a wide range of expertise, including experimental psychology, child psychology, counseling, cognitive psychology, and biological psychology.

Please click the link below to download more information about the Psychology major.

Religious Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies invites and provokes students to examine themselves and the world in more comprehensive ways, as well as to look at the most fundamental aspects of human reasoning and discourse.

Please click the link below to download more information on the Religious Studies major.

Spanish

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages at The College of Idaho helps students develop cross-cultural understanding and linguistic abilities to communicate effectively. By studying language at the C of I, you will learn how to communicate successfully and develop a deeper understanding of cultures in our world.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Spanish major.

Theatre

The Theatre and Speech Arts program at The College of Idaho offers numerous opportunities for students to express their creativity and rhetorical skills.

Please click the link below to download more information on our Theatre major.

To DISCOVER Yourself

Athletics

The College of Idaho has a rich history of intercollegiate athletics, dating back over a century - with success on and off the court, field and slopes. Coyote men's teams include soccer, cross country, and football (starting in 2014) in the fall, basketball, swimming, skiing and indoor track in the winter, with baseball, golf, tennis (club), lacrosse (club), and outdoor track in the spring. Lady Yotes compete in soccer, cross country, and volleyball in the fall, basketball, swimming, skiing, and indoor track in the winter, with softball, golf, tennis, and outdoor track in the spring.

Learn more about Yote Athletics by visiting www.yoteathletics.com!

Men's Baseball

The Coyotes have had recent success on the National level. The 2010 team finished 38-16, earning an at-large bid to the NAIA Opening Round Tournament, where they placed fourth. The 2012 squad earned an at-large bid to the NAIA postseason, winning the Opening Round Tournament in Azusa, CA, before placing ninth at the NAIA World Series.

Facilities: The only artificial surface baseball field in the Gem State, Wolfe Field is the home of Coyote baseball and the Caldwell American Legion programs. Featuring a synthetic FieldTurf infield and pitchers' mound and natural surface outfield, it is regarded as one of the top playing surfaces in the state. It is fan friendly, seating 1,000 spectators. Fundraising is on-going for Phase 3 of the project – a press box, along with lighting and indoor hitting/pitching facilities.

About the Coach: Shawn Humberger is in his 29th season with the Coyote baseball program and his 16th year as head coach. The Yotes have posted a 484-333-1 overall record, the second highest total of wins of any coach (in any sport) at the College. Humberger was named Cascade Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, while being named NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and CCC All-Sports Coach of the Year in 2002. He has coached 16 NAIA All-Americans; 23 All-NAIA Region I selections; 31 All-CCC selections; 25 NAIA Scholar-Athletes; and 40 CCC All-Academic Team award winners.

Contact: shumberger@collegeofidaho.edu

Men's Basketball

Coach Garson turned the Coyotes around in two short years. The Yotes have advanced to both the CCC and the NAIA Division II Tournaments in each of Garson's two seasons at C of I. Currently, the Coyotes hold a perfect 34-0 record at home. The 2014-15 team posted 30-6 record, the second-most single-season victories in the school’s 104-year men’s basketball program history. The Coyotes have climbed as high as No. 2 in the NAIA Division II Top-25 poll in each of Garson’s first two seasons. During the 2014-15 season, the Yotes led the NAIA in home attendance with a larger average home crowd than over 100 NCAA Division I programs.

Facilities: The Activities Center is the hub of Coyote Athletics, seating 2,422 fans at capacity for basketball and volleyball games, but also houses the physical education and kinesiology departments and their classrooms. The facility features large locker rooms, a weight room, and athletic training room.

About the Coach: Garson was the recipient of the 2015 Red Auerbach National Coach of the Year Ward, while in 2014, he was named Cascade Conference Coach of the Year. In his two seasons as C of I, Garson has coached three NAIA All-Americans (Josh Wilson, Demetrius Perkins, Taylor Pruett), with Wilson earned CCC Player of the Year honors in 2015 and Sydney Donaldson earning CCC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014. In all, seven players under Garson have earned All-CCC honors. He has an 8-2 postseason record, including a trip to the quarterfinals of the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championships.

Contact:
sgarson@collegeofidaho.edu

Men's Cross Country/Track & Field

The Coyotes running squad is centered on the TEAM experience. They focus on the development of each athlete to explore their potential through engagement in the process. The Yotes accomplishments are vast under Coach Pat McCurry:

-Fifty-five event conference titles
-Eight conference team titles (women’s CC – ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ‘13 women’s T&F ’13, ’14, ‘15)
-Seventy-nine NAIA All-American awards
-Thirteen NAIA event national titles
-Eight NAIA event runner-up finishes
-Two NAIA National Meet Outstanding Performer Awards (Holt, indoor ’13 and ’14)
-Six top five team finishes at NAIA Nationals (’12 women’s CC – 2nd, ’13 women’s CC – 2nd, ’13 women’s indoor T&F – 5th, ’14 women’s indoor T&F – 3rd, ’09 combined CC – 4th, ’12 combined CC – 4th)
-Two USATF Junior National qualifiers (Basterrechea – decathlon, Holt - 800m 2011)
-Two USATF Outdoor National qualifiers (Holt - 1500m ’13-’14)
-One USATF Outdoor National Finalist (Holt, 1500m 2013)
-One USATF Indoor National qualifier (Holt, mile 2014)
-Nine conference COY awards
-Ninety-three NAIA Scholar Athlete Awards
-One NAIA Champions of Character Team Award (Women’s indoor T&F ’14)

Facilities: The Marty Holly Athletic Center (opened in 2014) is the newest building on campus. It features a state of the art weight room that the Coyotes use frequently. The Track and Field program also uses the neighboring Caldwell High School track.

About the Coach: McCurry is in his 12th year at the helm of the C of I cross country and track & field programs. He was named the Cascade Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and was honored as CCC Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has coached three NAIA individual national champions; nine NAIA cross country All-Americans; 13 NAIA track & field All-Americans; and 43 NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Contact: pmccurry@collegeofidaho.edu with Name, High School, Graduation year, Cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores, Phone Number, Mailing Address, and Intended area of study.

Men's Football

After 37 years away from the game, the Coyotes returned to the gridiron with a vengeance in 2014 – winning their first two games in dramatic fashion. At Pacific, a pair of blocked kicks in the final five minutes preserved a 35-34 win against a team that finished the season with a 6-3 record. A week later, the Yotes intercepted five passes to hold off Montana Western in the home opener, 31-28. C of I had a pair of 100-yard rushers at Southern Oregon, entering the fourth quarter trailing just 35-28. Southern Oregon went on to win the National Championship later that season.

Facilities: Simplot Stadium is the 5,000 seat home of Coyote Soccer and Football. The facility was completely revamped in 2014. The multi-million dollar renovation highlights a state of the art 120x80 turf field that has a large HD scoreboard-- complete with replays, sound effects and graphics for all players. The Marty Holly Athletic Center is the newest building on campus, opening in 2014. It features a team, state of the art weight room that the Coyotes use frequently.

About the Coach: Mike Moroski completed his first season as head coach of the C of I football program. Moroski came to the C of I after three decades at UC-Davis – both as a player and a coach. As offensive coordinator from 1993-2010, his schemes helped the Aggies to eight NCAA Division II postseason appearances, including three trips to the national quarterfinals and trips to the national semifinals in 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth-round of the 1979 NFL Draft, spending eight years as a backup quarterback with the Falcons (1979-84), the Houston Oilers (1985) and the San Francisco 49ers (1986).

Contact:
mmoroski@collegeofidaho.edu
jtorfin@collegeofidaho.edu

Men's Golf

The Yotes Golf program completed a successful 2015 season with the men's program grabbing a 5th place finish at the Cascade Conference Championship.

Facilities: The Yotes practice at River Bend Golf Course featuring 18 holes in a community, family-feel course against the Snake River.

About the Coach: John Bideganeta is in his sixth season with the Yotes and his fourth year as head coach of the men's and women's golf program. He was named CCC Women's Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2012-13 and 2014-15 season. Under Bideganeta, three players have earned All-Cascade Conference honors, seven were named to the CCC All-Academic Team, three were selected as NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and one player has played at the NAIA National Championships.

Contact: jbideganeta@collegeofidaho.edu

Men's Lacrosse

The 2015 Yotes had their best season yet with a school record 8 wins. Punching their ticket to the League Playoffs, the team made it to the semi-finals. The Yotes have much promise for 2016 as they return PNW Freshman of the Year and All American in addition to 4 All Conference players. The 2012 and 2013 teams were honored by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association as the James "Ace" Adams District 11 sportsmanship award recipient.

Facilities: Symms Field is a fan friendly facility on campus with hillside seating surrounding the field. The Yotes fundraised for a new scoreboard to go up for the 2016 season. They also have use of the new 120x80 turf field in Simplot Stadium.

About the Coach: Matt Gier is in his seventh season as head coach of the Coyote lacrosse program. He has led the Yotes to the 2010 and 2015 Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League playoffs, including a trip to the conference semifinals in 2015. He has been honored as the PNCLL Division II Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2015 and has coached two All-America players.

Contact: mgier@collegeofidaho.edu

Men's Skiing

The Yotes ski and snowboard team, named one of the nation’s top-10 ski programs by Ski Racing Magazine, has a 43-year tradition of excellence. The team has won 34 ski and snowboard US Collegiate titles and attracts student athletes with high performance expectations.

Facilities: The Yotes train at nearby Bogus Basin in the Boise Ridge Mountains. They also spend time at one of the best ski mountains in the world, Sun Valley Ski Resort.

About the Coach: Ron Bonneau is in his 26th season as the head coach of the Coyote and Lady Yote alpine ski programs. He has taken the men’s and women’s programs to a combined 27 USCA National Championships and coached seven USCSA individual national champions; 34 USCSA first-team All-Americans; and 92 USCSA Scholar-Athlete award winners.

Words from the Coach: “Our philosophy is that each student athlete has something positive to offer the team. When the team functions as a cohesive unit, results follow.”

Contact: rbonneau@collegeofidaho.edu

Men's Soccer

The Yotes are only one of three men’s soccer programs in the state of Idaho. Over the past 2 years they have had five all conference players as well as 3 Academic All-Americans, and twelve Academic All-Conference players.

Facilities: Simplot Stadium is the 5,000 seat home of Coyote Soccer and Football. The facility was completely revamped in 2014. The multi-million dollar renovation highlights a state of the art 120x80 turf field that has a large HD scoreboard-- complete with replays, sound effects and graphics for all players.

About the Coach: Thom Baker is in his third season as head coach of the C of I men's soccer program. Under Baker, four Coyote players have earned All-Cascade Conference honors; seven players have earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors; and 13 players have been named to the CCC All-Academic team. Baker led the Yotes to the 2013 CCC Championships, advancing to the semifinals. His 2014 team became the first C of I squad to score at least five goals in a match on three separate occasions.

Contact: tbaker@collegeofidaho.edu (or use the Prospective Player Profile link on www.yoteathletics.com).

Men's Swimming

The College of Idaho Men’s and Women’s swimming program has attained great success under Coach Christine Mabile. In 4 years, Mabile grew the team from 5 to 36 athletes. She has taken both the men's and women's teams to the NAIA National Championships all 4 years, placing higher in the final rankings each season. In 2015, both squads had their highest finishes in program history with the women placing 8th and the men 13th. Also achieved in 2015, Mckayla Stevens had the highest individual finish at Nationals in program history—4th in the 200 Freestyle. To wrap up their success, the Yotes broke 34 school records. The swimming program is also an academic standout as both the men and women gpa rank 3rd in the country.

Facilities: The Yotes train and compete in a private pool located on campus. The natatorium features seating for 500, 6 lanes with new lane lines, and a diving well. The facility is equipped with new timing equipment in the 2015-2016 season. Large locker rooms connect the pool to the athletic training room and activities center.

About the Coach: Christine Mabile is in her fifth season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming programs. She records the most wins by a coach in program history. Mabile has led both the Yotes and Lady Yotes to four consecutive trips to the NAIA Swimming and Diving National. Under Mabile, 11 C of I student-athletes have qualified for the finals or consolation finals at the NAIA Championships, while coaching seven swimmers who have been honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Words from the Coach: “Our team is a tight-knit family that truly enjoys competing for one-another. The program philosophy is based on a balance in 3 areas—academics, character, and athletics.”

Contact: cmabile@collegeofidaho.edu with Name, High School, Graduation year, Cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores, Phone Number, Best Events and Times.

Women's Basketball

In 2015, The Lady Yotes recorded their 16th straight playoff appearance and their 19th trip to the postseason since women’s basketball returned to C of I. Records were also broken in 2015—Elisha Hensey led the way with a new mark for free throw percentage (.885), ranking her 2nd in the Cascade Conference. The Lady Yotes ranked 2nd in the CCC in steals per game. The team has more promise for the future as they return 13 players for the 2015-2016 season.

Facilities: The Activities Center is the hub of Coyote Athletics, seating 2,422 fans at capacity for basketball and volleyball games, but also houses the physical education and kinesiology departments and their classrooms. The facility features large locker rooms, a weight room, and an athletic training room.

About the Coach: Mark Owen is in his 25th year at the College and his second season as head women's basketball coach, recording an all-time record of 197-146 - including 10 seasons as head coach of the Coyote men. Owen was honored during the 2003-04 season as Cascade Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year after leading C of I to the regular-season and conference tournament titles. During his 11 years as a head coach, six student-athletes have been named NAIA All-Americans (including first-team All-American, Tom Perkes); 10 players have been named to the All-CCC team (including three-time selection, Craig McGee); two players have been named CCC Defensive Player of the Year (Joe Green and Bryan Champ); and 15 players have been honored as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Contact: mowen@collegeofidaho.edu

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

The Coyotes running squad is centered on the TEAM experience. They focus on the development of each athlete to explore their potential through engagement in the process. The Yotes accomplishments are vast under Coach Pat McCurry:

-Fifty-five event conference titles
-Eight conference team titles (women’s CC – ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ‘13 women’s T&F ’13, ’14, ‘15)
-Seventy-nine NAIA All-American awards
-Thirteen NAIA event national titles
-Eight NAIA event runner-up finishes
-Two NAIA National Meet Outstanding Performer Awards (Holt, indoor ’13 and ’14)
-Six top five team finishes at NAIA Nationals (’12 women’s CC – 2nd, ’13 women’s CC – 2nd, ’13 women’s indoor T&F – 5th, ’14 women’s indoor T&F – 3rd, ’09 combined CC – 4th, ’12 combined CC – 4th)
-Two USATF Junior National qualifiers (Basterrechea – decathlon, Holt - 800m 2011)
-Two USATF Outdoor National qualifiers (Holt - 1500m ’13-’14)
-One USATF Outdoor National Finalist (Holt, 1500m 2013)
-One USATF Indoor National qualifier (Holt, mile 2014)
-Nine conference COY awards
-Ninety-three NAIA Scholar Athlete Awards
-One NAIA Champions of Character Team Award (Women’s indoor T&F ’14)

Facilities: The Marty Holly Athletic Center (opened in 2014) is the newest building on campus. It features a state of the art weight room that the Coyotes use frequently. The Track and Field program also uses the neighboring Caldwell High School track.

About the Coach: McCurry is in his 12th year at the helm of the C of I cross country and track & field programs. He was named the Cascade Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and was honored as CCC Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has coached three NAIA individual national champions; nine NAIA cross country All-Americans; 13 NAIA track & field All-Americans; and 43 NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Contact: pmccurry@collegeofidaho.edu with Name, High School, Graduation year, Cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores, Phone Number, Mailing Address, and Intended area of study.

Women's Golf

The Lady Yotes Golf program completed a successful 2015 season by grabbing silver at the Cascade Conference Championship. They also finished as the Cascade Conference runner-up in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Facilities: The Yotes practice at River Bend Golf Course featuring 18 holes in a community, family-feel course against the Snake River.

About the Coach: John Bideganeta is in his sixth season with the Yotes and his fourth year as head coach of the men's and women's golf program. He was named CCC Women's Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2012-13 and 2014-15 season. Under Bideganeta, three players have earned All-Cascade Conference honors, seven were named to the CCC All-Academic Team, three were selected as NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and one player has played at the NAIA National Championships.

Contact: jbideganeta@collegeofidaho.edu

Women's Skiing

The Yotes ski and snowboard team, named one of the nation’s top-10 ski programs by Ski Racing Magazine, has a 43-year tradition of excellence. The team has won 34 ski and snowboard US Collegiate titles and attracts student athletes with high performance expectations.

Facilities: The Yotes train at nearby Bogus Basin in the Boise Ridge Mountains. They also spend time at one of the best ski mountains in the world, Sun Valley Ski Resort.

About the Coach: Ron Bonneau is in his 26th season as the head coach of the Coyote and Lady Yote alpine ski programs. He has taken the men’s and women’s programs to a combined 27 USCA National Championships and coached seven USCSA individual national champions; 34 USCSA first-team All-Americans; and 92 USCSA Scholar-Athlete award winners.

Words from the Coach: “Our philosophy is that each student athlete has something positive to offer the team. When the team functions as a cohesive unit, results follow.”

Contact: rbonneau@collegeofidaho.edu

Women's Soccer

The Lady Yotes had a successful 2014 season, beating the #1 team in the nation starting 4 freshman and 3 sophomores. They hosted a playoff game as the #4 seed and in 2015 will return 10 of 11 starters from last year.

Facilities: Simplot Stadium is the 5,000 seat home of Coyote Soccer and Football. The facility was completely revamped in 2014. The multi-million dollar renovation highlights a state of the art 120x80 turf field that has a large HD scoreboard-- complete with replays, sound effects and graphics for all players.

About the Coach: Brian Smith is in his 12th season as the Director of Soccer at the C of I and is in his fourth season as women's soccer head coach. He currently has a 96-91-14 all-time record. As head coach of the Coyote men's program, Smith was named Cascade Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2006, 2008, and 2010 seasons. He has coached 36 All-CCC performers; 22 NAIA Scholar-Athletes; and four NAIA All-Americans in his 11 years as Director of Soccer.

Words from the Coach: “If you are interested in being a part of something bigger than yourself you should really look into The College of Idaho and our women’s soccer team. We have a very special culture here. Our chemistry is amazing, we have fun, we take academics very serious and we are a top level team in our conference.”

Contact: bcsmith@collegeofidaho.edu with Name, Club Team, Graduation Year, Phone Number, and Positions played.

Women's Softball

The Lady Yotes have made six post-season appearances, including 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014 CCC tournaments; the 2007 and 2008 NAIA Region 1 tournaments; and berths in the 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 NAIA Softball National Championships. In 2014, the Yotes won the Caldwell NAIA Opening Round tournament, advancing to the NAIA World Series, where the team finished fifth – ending the year ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Top-25 poll. In addition to athletic success, the players excel academically as well. The softball program has a high graduation rate in 4 years with 1 major and 3 minors.

Facilities: The College of Idaho has one of the best facilities in the Cascade Conference. The field is on campus and is student body/fan friendly. The playing surface is ideal for the northern weather and the facility fits the requirements to host post season tournaments.

About the Coach: Al Mendiola is in his 11th year as head coach and holds an all-time record of 272-199 - the most wins by a softball coach in school history. Mendiola was named 2007 Cascade Conference and NAIA Region I Coach of the Year, while earning NFCA West Region Coach of the Year honors in 2014. He has coached 16 All-CCC players, four NAIA All-Americans, 24 CCC All-Academic Team selections, and 9 NAIA Scholar-Athlete award winners.

Words from the Coach: “We have a unique group of girls we call family. If you’re looking to receive a great education and have an opportunity to play for one of the premier softball programs in the Pacific Northwest, then The College of Idaho is for you! We’re looking for student-athletes that are looking to be challenged in the classroom and on the field.”

Contact:
Email: amendiola@collegeofidaho.edu
Office phone: 208-459-5113

Women's Swimming

The College of Idaho Men’s and Women’s swimming program has attained great success under Coach Christine Mabile. In 4 years, Mabile grew the team from 5 to 36 athletes. She has taken both the men's and women's teams to the NAIA National Championships all 4 years, placing higher in the final rankings each season. In 2015, both squads had their highest finishes in program history with the women placing 8th and the men 13th. Also achieved in 2015, Mckayla Stevens had the highest individual finish at Nationals in program history—4th in the 200 Freestyle. To wrap up their success, the Yotes broke 34 school records. The swimming program is also an academic standout as both the men and women gpa rank 3rd in the country.

Facilities: The Yotes train and compete in a private pool located on campus. The natatorium features seating for 500, 6 lanes with new lane lines, and a diving well. The facility is equipped with new timing equipment in the 2015-2016 season. Large locker rooms connect the pool to the athletic training room and activities center.

About the Coach: Christine Mabile is in her fifth season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming programs. She records the most wins by a coach in program history. Mabile has led both the Yotes and Lady Yotes to four consecutive trips to the NAIA Swimming and Diving National. Under Mabile, 11 C of I student-athletes have qualified for the finals or consolation finals at the NAIA Championships, while coaching seven swimmers who have been honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Words from the Coach: “Our team is a tight-knit family that truly enjoys competing for one-another. The program philosophy is based on a balance in 3 areas—academics, character, and athletics.”

Contact: cmabile@collegeofidaho.edu with Name, High School, Graduation year, Cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores, Phone Number, Best Events and Times.

Women's Tennis

The 2015 season was among the best campaigns for the Lady Yotes. The Huffman sisters completed their freshman year with the finest season since 1998 with the best doubles mark in 17 years. In addition, the team beat 2 NCAA teams in 2015 and carry 5 of their best players into the 2016 season.

Facilities: The Lady Yotes train and compete on five all-weather tennis courts on The C of I campus. Three courts were reconstructed in 2008, all painted purple. One of the courts is lighted.

About the Coach: Cisco Limbago is in his 31st year of coaching tennis for the Lady Yotes, the longest tenured coach on staff and has posted an all-time record of 198-174-1. Limbago has coached 16 players who have been honored as NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Contact: climbago@collegeofidaho.edu

Women's Volleyball

The Lady Yotes have advanced to the postseason in each of Mendiola's 14 seasons as head coach, including 13 consecutive berths in the Cascade Conference Championshps. Under Mendiola, the Lady Yotes have won eight CCC regular-season titles (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013); have won six CCC postseason tournament championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014); and won the 2005 NAIA Region I title. C of I has made nine trips to the NAIA Volleyball National Championships under Mendiola (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), advancing to the final site of the tournament on seven occasions.

Facilities: The Activities Center is the hub of Coyote Athletics, seating 2,422 fans at capacity for basketball and volleyball games, but also houses the physical education and kinesiology departments and their classrooms. The facility features large locker rooms, a weight room, and athletic training room.

About the Coach: Liz Mendiola is in her 15th season as head coach of the C of I volleyball program and has posted a career record of 327-120, the most wins and highest win percentage in program history. Her 327 wins are the most by a women's coach in school history. Mendiola also served as an assistant coach for the Yotes during the 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2000 seasons. Mendiola was named CCC Coach of the Year in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. During her tenure, she has coached 29 All-CCC selections, 14 NAIA All-Americans, and 18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Contact:
lmendiola@collegeofidaho.edu

To GROW Yourself

Student Life

Getting involved in activities on campus and in the community is easy at The College of Idaho. Whether through student government, our student newspaper, intramural athletics, Campus Ministries or one of dozens of student organizations, you can share interests, take on leadership roles and learn from others. The diverse array of activities available at our small and supportive campus make The College of Idaho the perfect place to learn about yourself and put what you’re learning in the classroom into action. Our Student Involvement Office helps students discover how to get involved in activities on campus and in the community. Involvement outside of the classroom will give you the opportunity to interact with your peers, faculty, administration, staff, and the community. It also enables you to share interests and skills and learn from others.

ASCI Student Government

ASCI (Associated Students of the College of Idaho) is a collection of elected and appointed student government leaders who influence student involvement, student fees, and activities (both in and out of the classroom) across campus. Program Council is a group of 4 students who are elected to plan events for the student body throughout the year, creating lasting memories and incredible opportunities for College of Idaho at large. The culture around these organizations is “owning your experience.” C of I is definitely a place where things are constantly happening and these groups are perfect in giving students a chance to try some new things and take a break from classes. These groups host everything from community service days to major concerts and everything in between – the focus (and what makes this so great) – is providing experiences that our entire campus can get involved in.

In order to become involved in either of these organizations, you must be a C of I student. It’s that easy. Every student who wants to enjoy college and go see or do something new should take a look at what student government (ASCI) and student activities (Program Council) has to offer.

Savala Smith, Director of Student Involvement and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs says: “Step out of your comfort zone. Try something you’ve always wanted to try and then try something you never thought would interest you in a million years. Go to an athletic event, go to a guest lecture, watch your fellow students perform on stage. You’ll get your degree by going to class, but you’ll get your education by getting involved!

Contact Savala Smith with any questions:
ssmith@collegeofidaho.edu
(208) 459-5120

Association of Latin American Students

The Association of Latin American Students, known as ALAS, has an objective to inform students about other cultures through events, mentorship and community building. Some of the most celebrated events that ALAS puts on for the college includes the Cinco de Mayo Festival, various collaborations with the International Student Organization (ISO), the annual Cultural Dinner and Cultural Show. The Cultural Show is one of their biggest events which enables C of I students to experience a little bit of each culture represented at The College of Idaho.

ALAS is a very close knit community and very welcoming, which is representative of the Latino/Latina culture. They are Yotefamilia. This year, ALAS is implementing the mentoring program to create a pipeline of guidance and to gather scholarship information. As far as requirements to be part of ALAS, anyone is welcome and the intention of the club is to inform our campus community of the Latino/Latina culture. Once school starts, meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in upstairs McCain in the ALAS room. We know people are busy so, involvement is variable.

Samantha Guerrero, current senior and ALAS’ Vice President advises the following:
…Find an activity/club to integrate yourself into our Yotefam, you'll thank yourself later. Being new can be intimidating especially when you don't know anyone on campus. ALAS is a good place to find the support you'll need, make new friends, stay involved, learn about the latino culture, AND we have the best hangout/nap room on campus!

For questions or to request more information, contact:

Samantha Guerrero
ALAS Vice-President
Samantha.Guerrero@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu
(208) 284-4437

Campus Ministries

The Campus Ministries Department coordinates spiritual and pastoral resources for The College of Idaho, independent of religious tradition.

Founded by the Wood River Presbytery under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William Judson Boone, The C of I is an active member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).  We are a self-consciously “non-sectarian” college that promotes a campus environment of free, open academic inquiry and free religious expression.  We nurture an open campus society in which diverse faith perspectives are practiced with dialogue and respect.

Clubs & Organizations

The College of Idaho offers a diverse array of Clubs & Organizations that allow you to have fun, make friends, and learn outside of the classroom. We encourage you to grow yourself by join a club or organization or starting a new one!

To learn more visit the Clubs & Organizations page. Some of the existing Clubs & Organizations are:

  • AFRICANS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES & OTHERS (AFRO CLUB)
  • ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGE OF IDAHO (ASCI)
  • ASSOCIATION OF LATINO AMERICAN STUDENTS (ALAS)
  • BOXING CLUB
  • BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA (BPA)
  • CABARET
  • CHEERLEADING
  • CIRCLE K INTERNATIONAL (CKI)
  • COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER - RELAY FOR LIFE
  • DANCE CLUB
  • DRUMLINE
  • ENACTUS BUSINESS CLUB
  • FILM SOCIETY
  • FLY FISHING CLUB
  • FOOD BANK
  • GENDER-SEXUALITY CAMPUS ALLIANCE (GSCA)
  • GERMAN CLUB
  • GREEK COUNCIL
  • GREEK LIFE
  • HISTORY CLUB
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION (ISO)
  • JUST DANCE BALLROOM CLUB
  • MATH CLUB
  • MEN'S LACROSSE
  • OMICRON DELTA KAPPA (ODK)
  • PAPERMATES WRITING CLUB
  • POETRY CLUB
  • POTTER'S CLAY
  • PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONALS CLUB
  • PRE-LAW CLUB
  • PSI CHI
  • RUGBY CLUB
  • SNOWSPORT
  • SPANISH CLUB
  • STUDENTS FOR LIFE
  • THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION (TERRA)
  • THE TRAIL
  • VETERAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
  • YOGA YOTES
  • YOUNG DEMOCRATS

Greek Life

The objective of fraternity and sorority life (Greek Life) on The C of I campus is to give students a family away from family. The people in these groups become very close friends and you automatically gain a national network of people who share interests with you. The internationally recognized organizations have annual leadership conferences that also create phenomenal networking and travel opportunities. Some of the best events that Greeks puts on throughout the school year include Greek Week and the individual philanthropic events that each organization creates. Some of the national non-profits we help include CASA, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and Girls on the Run.

Each organization within Greek Life has their own unique requirements. Some have a minimum GPA, others require a commitment to community service. The best way to find out is to go to recruitment events which occur periodically throughout the year.

The head of Greek Council proclaims: “Don’t sell Greek Life short! Some of the closest friendships you could have in college can be found in fraternities and sororities. Every student should go to recruitment and see what Greek Life has to offer them.

Becoming a part of the Greek System here at The College of Idaho is a wonderful way to be involved and make a difference, both on and off campus. Students cherish the leadership and humanitarian skills that they acquire, and love that at the end of the day, the overall feeling always comes back to “family.”

National Fraternities:

  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Sigma Chi

National Sororities:

  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

Local Sorority:

  • Sigma Epsilon

For further information, contact Savala Smith, Greek Council Advisor:
ssmith@collegeofidaho.edu
(208) 459-5120

International Student Organization

ISO’s main objective is to promote cultural diversity and to emphasize that all cultures are equal in value and importance. The organization is very important to the school because it exposes the students and staff to various customs and perspectives that are not always discussed in the classroom setting, let alone in Caldwell, Idaho! The theme for the organization is that everyone is international to some extent and all people should be open to new cultures.

The International Food Fest is a favorite event put on by the students and faculty of ISO, and is always a wild success. Everyone is welcome to this annual feast, and it is one hundred percent free—do not expect to leave without a very full and culturally awakened tummy. The Cultural Show is also a wonderful event that allows students from around the world to showcase the talents and experiences of their homes. ISO provides opportunities to engage the senses, the mind, and the heart.

Considering that everyone comes from somewhere, ALL are welcome to join the International Student Organization. This group consists of members from various countries. Possessing the ability to communicate is key in this space-- conversations amidst group members creates constant opportunity to learn and grow one’s own perspective. These conversations could potentially lead to one having a global network of friends in the future.

Ivan Esparza, an active student who is passionate about culture and building up the C of I states:
Say yes to all the opportunities in front of you that take you out of your comfort zone because one may lead you to find your true passion in life! Also, don’t look at college as a preparation for a job but rather as a preparation for life! And yes, study and go to class but also give yourself time to enjoy the little things about college. Oh, and make sure you have at least one professor as your best friend. Advice from a wise professor always comes in handy!

ISO and the closely associated ALAS organization are student generated spaces on campus in which people can indulge their love of travel, service, food, and diversity. Don’t miss out on the vast opportunities!

For more information regarding ISO, contact:

Arnoldo Hernandez
Ahernandez@collegeofidaho.edu (208) 459-5868

Sage Mwiinga
smwiinga@collegeofidaho.edu (208) 459-5024

Intramurals

Intramural sports at The College of Idaho give students a chance to be competitive and have a little fun. If you don’t want to play on an intercollegiate team or if you just want to give a new sport a try, intramurals offers a wide variety of fun activities. Get a group of friends, a club or dorm to pull together a team for flag football, basketball, volleyball or softball, to name a few. Faculty and staff are also invited to participate. We hope to see you on the field!

Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program (or known throughout camps as the “OP”) is a student government organization that promotes outdoor education and recreation through trips, workshops, and volunteer opportunities. This group focuses on allowing all students and their diverse lifestyles to participate in a wide range of outdoor-related activities. This is a unique part of the C of I community because it enables us to interact with the many natural wonders this part of the country has to offer. The culture is one of appreciation and love for the outdoors, adventurousness and willingness to try new things and have unique experiences.

During the school year, weekly rock climbing and monthly kayak rolling classes are offered, in addition to various trips that include rafting, camping, backpacking, snow-sporting, film festivals, biking, bonfires and hot spring relaxing. Transportation, meals, and equipment are provided on trips and the costs are low because of subsidies from student government funds. Events are designed for all levels of experience, and there is no membership for The OP. Anyone and everyone with whatever level of outdoor experience is able to sign up for all trips offered by this organization.

What the leaders of The OP have to say to future and present C of I students:

College is a defining time in your life in which you establish your own limits—or push past them…We are here to lead you out the door so you may appreciate the little things in life as well as the big. The experiences that you share with your peers are priceless.

Take advantage of the cool things the OP offers… our trips provide great experiences with truly unbeatable prices. But a lot of people don't know about or take advantage of our gear rental system. We have a TON of gear for a wide range of activities, also for very cheap. I would also say that you shouldn't be afraid of signing up for something if you don't have friends going. You will meet awesome new people…

Office hours and location:
C of I Outdoor Program Office is in the McCain Student Union. Open M-F from 1pm - 5pm.

Contact:
Email: outdoor_program@collegeofidaho.edu
Phone: (208) 459-5838

Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassadors are an energetic group of people who feel passionately about The College of Idaho and enjoy sharing their experiences with others, especially campus guests. The goal of the Student Ambassadors is to highlight what The College of Idaho has to offer from a student’s perspective when hosting visitors and potential new students. Events that the Ambassadors host include Spring and Fall Admitted-Student Open House where students who have been accepted can come and meet with professors from each department, mingle with current students, and enjoy lunch and a campus tour. Ultimately, Ambassadors create an impression of what The College of Idaho has to offer, and create a glimpse into our Yotefam.

To be a part of the Ambassador Program you must have been a College of Idaho student for at least one semester, and be willing to volunteer at least 2 hours a week to give campus tours and help out in the Visit Center.

The encouragement that I would give to incoming freshman would be to come by our office and enjoy a warm beverage regularly and don’t be afraid to speak with new people. The easiest way to make friends is to speak to people like you already know them,” states current lead Ambassador Rachel Blach.

Contact Info:

Anne Whitwood—Visit and Events Coordinator
awhitwood@collegeofidaho.edu
(208)-459-5020

Rachel Blach—Lead Ambassador
Rachel.blach@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu
(208)-585-4334

Hayley Morse—Lead Ambassador
Hayley.Morse@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu
(208)-421-1222

Student Publications

Students at The College of Idaho can showcase their creativity through The Coyote, our student-run newspaper, and the C of I Online, a magazine featuring a wide variety of creative and non-fiction writing and photography. The College's student experience blog also features reflections on living and learning at the C of I.

Sustainable Living

When William Judson Boone founded The College of Idaho in 1891, he envisioned a school that could educate future leaders to use their heads, hearts and hands to shape a better earth.  Dr. Boone’s passion was the natural world; he practiced botany.  He desired to educate the whole person.

The College of Idaho continues his legacy through curricular programs including courses in botany, outdoor fieldwork in the U.S. and abroad, and the Environmental Studies major.  Athletic programs such as our ski and cross country teams, and extracurricular experiences such as Outdoor Program trips encourage exploring of the natural world both in southwestern Idaho and around the globe.  Concurrent to these programmatic commitments, the College has taken steps to green the campus through its partnership with Bon Appetit (our food service provider), a Sustainability Council made up of students, faculty and staff, student organizations such as TERRA, and the Campus Sustainability Steward positions.