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

[email protected]

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

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