Best Colleges in Boise

Smell that Fresh Mountain Education

More than potatoes and mountains

Although widely known as the country’s leading potato producer, Boise will delight your appetite for adventure with its 3,100 miles of rivers, 40+ wineries, amazing skiing destinations, and numerous nature excursions.* The City of Trees is home to 12 universities and a wide variety of majors, including athletic training and zoology.* Boise has the education abundance you’re looking for. Named in the top 10 of Best States for Expected Job Growth, 7th Best City in America, and the #1 Best City to Move to in 2014, you don’t want to miss out on a collegiate experience in Boise.*

Boise is the world’s leading producer of potatoes, lentils, and most importantly, the beloved hops that create the Anheuser-Busch beer. It truly is a place that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit.* But it's not all about the world of agriculture. Boise is home to an endless list of adrenaline expeditions like climbing Table Rock, taking a dip at a Boise area hot spring, snow tubing at Bogus Basin, rafting the Payette River, enjoying a zip line tour at the Horseshoe Bend, or even biking the Ridge to Rivers Trail System.* Boise will keep you entertained with its art and nightlife offerings including the Idaho Ballet Company and Morrison Center for performing arts, the First Thursday Art Walk, as well as live music at The Sapphire Room.* With a vibrant four-season climate, there are plenty of active things to do 365 days a year, such as receiving your tasty trophy baked potato after running in the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon.* There are a million reasons why Boise is a part of The Gem State, and you’ll enjoy every minute exploring them outside the classroom.

*bvep.org *Wikipedia, “Boise” *riversideboise.com *movoto.com *idahobusinessreview.com *boisechamber.org

Best Four Year Universities in Boise

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID

Northwest Nazarene University offers 174 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 707 students graduated with students earning 374 Bachelor's degrees, 312 Master's degrees, 21 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
2 Boise State University Boise, ID

Boise State University offers 257 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 4,639 students graduated with students earning 3,397 Bachelor's degrees, 726 Master's degrees, 306 Certificates degrees, 196 Associate's degrees, and 14 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 The College of Idaho Caldwell, ID

The College of Idaho offers 65 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 302 students graduated with students earning 284 Bachelor's degrees, and 18 Master's degrees.

4 Boise Bible College Boise, ID

Boise Bible College offers 22 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 86 students graduated with students earning 57 Bachelor's degrees, 23 Associate's degrees, and 6 Certificates degrees.

5 Brown Mackie College-Boise Boise, ID

Brown Mackie College-Boise offers 26 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 116 students graduated with students earning 88 Associate's degrees, 16 Certificates degrees, and 12 Bachelor's degrees.

6 ITT Technical Institute-Boise Boise, ID

ITT Technical Institute-Boise offers 15 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 66 students graduated with students earning 64 Associate's degrees, and 2 Bachelor's degrees.

7 Stevens-Henager College Boise, ID

Stevens-Henager College offers 14 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 111 students graduated with students earning 98 Associate's degrees, and 13 Bachelor's degrees.

8 University of Phoenix-Idaho Meridian, ID

University of Phoenix-Idaho offers 15 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 106 students graduated with students earning 94 Bachelor's degrees, and 12 Master's degrees.

9 Broadview University-Boise Meridian, ID

Broadview University-Boise offers 21 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 52 students graduated with students earning 40 Associate's degrees, 12 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Boise

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID

College of Western Idaho offers 94 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,487 students graduated with students earning 916 Associate's degrees, and 571 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Northwest Nazarene University Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
5/5
15 : 1 2,207
Boise State University Boise State University Boise, ID
2/5
25 : 1 22,086
The College of Idaho The College of Idaho Caldwell, ID
5/5
11 : 1 1,065
College of Western Idaho College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
2/5
34 : 1 8,391
Boise Bible College Boise Bible College Boise, ID
3/5
15 : 1 150
University Logo Aveda Institute-Boise Boise, ID 7 : 1 56
University Logo Boise Barber College Boise, ID 13 : 1 52
University Logo Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology Boise, ID 18 : 1 171
University Logo The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf Professional - Boise Boise, ID 17 : 1 114
University Logo Razzle Dazzle College of Hair Design Inc Nampa, ID 11 : 1 63
Milan Institute-Nampa Milan Institute-Nampa Nampa, ID 13 : 1 168
Brown Mackie College-Boise Brown Mackie College-Boise Boise, ID
3/5
21 : 1 270
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Boise Boise, ID 15 : 1 158
ITT Technical Institute-Boise ITT Technical Institute-Boise Boise, ID
4/5
13 : 1 240
Stevens-Henager College Stevens-Henager College Boise, ID
4/5
17 : 1 308
University of Phoenix-Idaho University of Phoenix-Idaho Meridian, ID 9 : 1 97
Broadview University-Boise Broadview University-Boise Meridian, ID
3/5
11 : 1 91
University Logo Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Nampa Nampa, ID 14 : 1 97
Milan Institute-Boise Milan Institute-Boise Boise, ID

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Questions About Going to College in Boise

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

As the capital of Idaho, Boise has always been a hot spot for landing government jobs. Tourism, mining, farming, and business likewise remain important to Boise’s economy. But tech sector growth in recent years really has catapulted the city into the national spotlight as a place with a vibrant employment scene. In fact, while only 22 percent of U.S. employers expected to add to their workforce in the second quarter of 2015, 32 percent of companies in the Boise area planned to hire new staff.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Boise?

STEM graduates, rejoice. Companies such as Micron Technology Inc. and Hewlett-Packard seek engineers, data scientists, IT professionals, and the like. Health science grads may find their niche at St. Luke’s Health Systems or St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Your business, agriculture, or food science degree can make you attractive to agribusiness giant J.R. Simplot. And educators can’t go wrong in a city with a large public school system including Boise State University, College of Western Idaho, and satellite campuses of University of Idaho and Idaho State University.

Is Boise more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

When students and locals alike turn out in droves to watch the Boise State Broncos play in the only blue Astro Turf stadium in the world, Boise sure feels like a college town. But with lower costs and less crime than other metro areas in the Pacific Northwest, Boise attracts all types of people. Young professionals enjoy the opportunities presented by its growing economy, while high-quality schools entice families. And the number of retirees who choose to make Boise their home have helped the city gain a national reputation for volunteerism.

What do the locals in Boise like to do for fun?

Mountain biking and kayaking rank high in this outdoor-oriented area. But those looking for cultural experiences won’t be disappointed either. The Boise Art Museum features a large permanent collection as well as special exhibits. (The fanciful carbon pencil animal drawings of Adonna Khare delighted visitors in early 2016.) Jazz lovers can’t wait for the annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival, which brings world-class musicians to town and helps raise money for jazz education. And The Basque Block in downtown Boise serves not only as a gathering place for the 16,000 members of Boise’s Basque community (one of the largest in the U.S.) but for anyone desiring an interesting evening of culture, food and drink.

What's the dating scene like in Boise? Will I meet my perfect mate?

The numbers certainly present hope. With more than 214,000 residents, Boise ranks as Idaho’s largest city. Include the metro area, and that figure rises to over 666,000. Try the downtown bars (if nothing else, you’ll get to enjoy some awesome Idaho wines) or strike up a conversation with a cute fellow tailgater before a Broncos game. In the summer, check out regional and local musical artists at the free Alive After Five Concert Series in the Grove Plaza – a great detour for young professionals heading home from work. Local vendors there such as Pita Pit and Main Street Deli make it easy to treat a fellow attendee to a tasty sandwich and a cold beverage before asking for his or her number.

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