Idaho State University

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Idaho State University (ISU) was founded in 1901 and is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution. Located in Pocatello, Idaho, USA, this public university attracts students from all over the world. The main campus is in the town of Pocatello, with satellite campuses in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and Meridian.

With students coming from around the globe, ISU's enrollment of 14,489 (Fall 2011) makes ISU the second-biggest major university (for the state of Idaho) in terms of full-time enrollment. ISU's student-teacher ratio is 17 to 1.

ISU traces its roots back to March 11, 1901, when Gov. Frank Hunt gave the green light to Senate Bill 53. This legislation established the Academy of Idaho, which opened on May 1, 1901. Today it is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


ISU has six colleges with more than 285 programs. Some of the more popular areas of academic study are pharmacy and technology, business, engineering, education, performing and visual arts, humanities, and natural and physical sciences.

The school is broken up into seven colleges and departments:

  • School of Arts and Letters
  • School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Division of Health Sciences
  • College of Technology
  • Graduate School

Financial Aid

ISU offers around $10 million in scholarship disbursements yearly. It also offers varying kinds of federal financial aid, including loans, grants and work-study.


The Eli M. Oboler Library was completed in 1977 and named for its director in 1983. It has more than one million volumes, 4,573 active subscriptions and 242 computers.


Known as the Bengals, the ISU teams compete as a member of the Big Sky Conference in the NCAA Division I FCS. In addition to winning the NCAA Division I-AA national title in football, ISU has also garnered national titles in boxing.

Student Housing

Residence halls at ISU include Owen Hall, Turner Hall, Nichols Hall and Rendezvous Hall. On-campus student apartments include Puling Courts, Ridge Crest Townhomes, McIntosh Manor and Schubert Heights.

Family-student housing may be found at Pulling Courts, Ridge Crest and McIntosh Manor.

General Information

Admission Office

921 South 8th Stop 8270

Pocatello, ID 83209-8270

(208) 282-2475

Fax: (208) 282-4511

Contact: Laura McKenzie

Main Address

921 South 8th Avenue

Pocatello, ID 83209

(208) 282-0211

Total undergrads: 10,547

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,551

Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,249

Graduate enrollment: 1,863


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 82%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 53%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A,B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology A,B
Botany B
Ecology B
Microbiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Marketing Management A,B,C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A,B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – Specific Applications A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Construction Trades

Carpentry A,C
Electrician C


Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Measurement & Control Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Nuclear Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Electromechanical Design Drafting A,C
Electromechanical Technologies A,C
Instrumentation Technology A,C
Laser/Optical Technology A,C
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A,B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A,C
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

American Sign Language (ASL) A
French A,B
German A,B
Latin A
Native American A
Russian A
Sign Language Interpretation B
Spanish A,B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Dental Hygiene B
Dental Laboratory Technology A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Medical Assistance A
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Radiologic Technology A,B
Medical Records Technology A,C
Nursing (RN) A,B
Nursing – Practical C
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Respiratory Therapy A
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General A,B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A,B


Mathematics – General A,B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Aircraft Powerplant Technology A,C
Auto Body Repair A,C
Automotive Technology A,C
Business Machine Repair A,C
Communications Systems A,C
Diesel Mechanics A,C
Mechanics & Repair – General A

Personal & Culinary Services

Cosmetology C
Culinary Arts/Chef Training A,C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A,B
Geology A,B
Physics A,B

Precision Production Trades

Machine Tool Technology A,C
Welding Technology A,C


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A
Fire Science/Firefighting A
Police Science A,C

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government A,B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Idaho State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (208) 282-2700
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 12,402
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 29%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,991 (48% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,872
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,168
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 92%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,965

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Idaho State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Idaho State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1722
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 10684
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 32
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 648
Construction Trades 242
Education 5123123
Engineering 2452
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 131212
English Language and Literature/Letters 2121
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 2221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 754
Health Professions and Related Programs 151114135
History 112
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 453
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1211
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 965
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 122
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 411
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 23552
Precision Production 531
Psychology 1133
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 11541
Visual and Performing Arts 162
Grand total 93711296320

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Idaho State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,872
Out-of-state $24,168
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,926
Out-of-state $26,222

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,294 92%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,197 85% $6,965
Student loan aid 678 48% $5,168

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,377 52% $6,990
Federal student loans 3,749 36% $6,779

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Idaho State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Idaho State University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Idaho State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 12,402
Undergraduate enrollment 10,353
Graduate enrollment 2,049

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Idaho State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Dental Laboratory Technology (DT)
    • Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
    • Massage
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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