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School Spotlight: The College of Idaho

The College of Idaho
Emily Toffelmire

Written by Emily Toffelmireon June 22nd, 2020

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: The College of Idaho  Caldwell, ID Nearly all students graduate college with a single academic major. And a sizable percentage of students have also completed a minor. But imagine earning your degree from The College of Idaho with one major and three minors, all within four years’ time. Through its signature program, PEAK, (which stands for professional, ethical, articulate, and knowledgeable), C of I ensures that all students deeply explore four key academic areas—arts/humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and a professional field—during their undergraduate years. By specializing in a single major (Creative Writing, perhaps) and pursuing coursework in three separate minors (Psychology, Environmental Studies, and Communications, for example), students will receive a versatile education that will prepare them well for life after college. C of I offers students the ideal mix between a tranquil residential campus and easy access to urban culture and entertainment. Downtown Boise is just 30 minutes from campus, while skiing, whitewater rafting, and hiking adventures are regular occurrences thanks to the College’s Outdoor Program. Fun fact: students who live beyond a five-hour drive from campus can receive a $250 travel stipend to fly to campus for a prospective student visit. Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of The College of Idaho Getting the Most Out of a College Visit


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