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Idaho State University, located in Pocatello, Idaho, was originally founded in 1901 by the state senate and was known as the Academy of Idaho. Within 10 years the school had reached over 300 students, requiring the purchase of new land and the construction of new buildings to keep pace with demand. By 1915 the school was renamed Idaho Technical Institute to better reflect its growing role. The end of World War I brought increased enrollment to the school, primarily through veterans seeking educational opportunities. The school was renamed in 1927 to University of Idaho – Southern Branch, then again twenty years later to Idaho State College, at which point it became a four year institutions. 1963 gave the school its final name, Idaho State University, better demonstrating the schools new role as a four year university. Since its change to a university ISU has increased its facilities, program offerings, and has grown to service nearly 16,000 students annually.
Idaho State University provides a large number of programs, majors, and minors that allow students to ear an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree allowing students to choose a path and major that best suits their long term career goals. Associate degree programs take approximately two years to complete and provide training in a given are for workforce development. Bachelor degree programs take four years to complete through a mixture of lower and upper division courses related to the major along with general education courses. Bachelor degrees may be augmented through the addition of a minor degree, requiring the passing of additional courses related to the minor's field of study. Graduate programs are also available, requiring a separate set of prerequisites including having earned a bachelor's (or master's) degree, an excellent academic record and acceptable GRE scores. Graduate programs confer a master's or doctoral degree and typically take between one to two years to complete.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students wishing to enroll at Idaho State University must submit a completed application and have the prerequisite number of high school credits in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 and have a math and English score of at least 12 on the ACT or a math score of 270 and writing score of 370 on the SAT. Review of transcripts, scores, essays and the application will determine whether or not a student will be admitted and Students notifications regarding admissions will be mailed out once the process is complete. If an applicant is admitted they will be provided the information necessary to begin their education. Some programs of study will have additional requirements, including additional math courses, auditions, or more specific high school requirements. Associate degree and non-degree courses will have easier admissions guidelines, and graduate programs will have their own requirements regarding admissions.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Financial aid must be applied for each academic year prior to posted aid deadlines. Students requiring financial assistance must complete and submit a copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), either online or through physical form. Once submitted the information provided will be given to the school in the form of a student aid report (SAR) which will be used to develop a financial aid packet. Recently implemented federal regulations may require that students be randomly selected to give additional financial information to compare to the FAFSA and ensure its accuracy. Scholarships are also available from third parties and require a separate application to be considered for. Scholarships may be awarded for various reasons including cultural, academic, or need. Students may go online or visit the financial aid office to discover scholarships they may qualify for.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Idaho State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Idaho State University has a total student population of about 13,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 14% enrolling as graduate students and 86% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- In-State: $4,900-$5,900
- Out-of-State: $18,000-$21,200
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $330-$390 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $540-$640 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||88%||$5,011|
|Receiving Student Loans||63%||$6,242|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Idaho State University may provide services including:
- Distance learning
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Assistance to find work
- Day care
Idaho State University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 34%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||9%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||0.5%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||14%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Idaho State University
- Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Dietetics Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
- Radiology Technician Program (more info)
- Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
- Theatre Program
Campus: ISU -- Boise Center
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- * Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (since 1939)
Idaho State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Basketball (Big Sky Conference)
- Track and Field (Big Sky Conference)
- Football (Big Sky Conference)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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