Best Colleges in Idaho

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Sometimes, elevation exceeds population. But all the time, education tops 'em all

With its picturesque mountain landscapes and definitive seasons, Idaho is one state that wins when it comes to both scenic beauty and quality education options. The Gem state is home to 16 colleges and universities, including religious institutions and specialty schools.* Studying in Idaho doesn’t mean you’ll be studying in the sticks. In fact, a number of schools are located right in downtown Boise. The most popular industries are high-tech, with advanced manufacturing, computers & technology, and aerospace topping the charts. Plenty of businesses call Idaho home, such as The Pacific Press Publishing Association, Coldwater Creek, and Micron Technology. And the low unemployment rate of 4.8% points to good job prospects once you toss that cap in the air at graduation.

If you are an aspiring writer, filmmaker, motivated entrepreneur or just have a natural zest for life and excitement, then Idaho will suit you well. First, learn how to properly pronounce “Boise,” the state’s capital. Then, drop by the Lucky Dog Tavern in Boise or the One 16 Sports Bar and Grill in Idaho Falls when you need to unwind and make new friends. When you’re ready to play outside, Idaho offers up everything from a self-guided tour of pioneer landmarks or hiking to a musical in an open-air theater.* Of course, there’s also plenty of natural thrills like whitewater rafting, back country skiing, and fishing. So go ahead, buy a pair of overalls and a 4x4 vehicle, and you’ll be all set for your new life in Idaho.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *www.commerce.idaho.gov *Wikipedia, “List of colleges and universities in Idaho”, “Companies in Idaho” * www.visitidaho.org/things-to-do

Best Four Year Universities in Idaho

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Idaho Moscow, ID

University of Idaho offers 552 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 3,015 students graduated with students earning 2,113 Bachelor's degrees, 576 Master's degrees, 192 Doctoral degrees, and 134 Certificates degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 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
3 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
4 Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID

Brigham Young University-Idaho offers 101 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a far away town. In 2015, 5,254 students graduated with students earning 3,770 Bachelor's degrees, and 1,484 Associate's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
5 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.

6 Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID

Lewis-Clark State College offers 133 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 854 students graduated with students earning 561 Bachelor's degrees, 258 Associate's degrees, and 35 Certificates degrees.

7 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID

Idaho State University offers 420 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 2,593 students graduated with students earning 1,249 Bachelor's degrees, 452 Associate's degrees, 424 Master's degrees, 269 Certificates degrees, and 199 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
8 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.

9 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.

10 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.

Best Community Colleges in Idaho

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID

College of Southern Idaho offers 206 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,285 students graduated with students earning 886 Associate's degrees, and 399 Certificates degrees.

2 North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene, ID

North Idaho College offers 161 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,091 students graduated with students earning 702 Associate's degrees, and 389 Certificates degrees.

3 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.

4 Eastern Idaho Technical College Idaho Falls, ID

Eastern Idaho Technical College offers 38 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a small city. In 2015, 286 students graduated with students earning 171 Certificates degrees, and 115 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Idaho University of Idaho Moscow, ID
2/5
19 : 1 11,372
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
Brigham Young University-Idaho Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID
2/5
43 : 1 43,803
The College of Idaho The College of Idaho Caldwell, ID
5/5
11 : 1 1,065
Lewis-Clark State College Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID
2/5
19 : 1 3,633
Idaho State University Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
2/5
21 : 1 13,078
College of Southern Idaho College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID
2/5
37 : 1 7,548
North Idaho College North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene, ID
2/5
23 : 1 5,543
College of Western Idaho College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
2/5
34 : 1 8,391
Eastern Idaho Technical College Eastern Idaho Technical College Idaho Falls, ID
2/5
8 : 1 688
University Logo College of Massage Therapy Blackfoot, ID 11 : 1 32
Boise Bible College Boise Bible College Boise, ID
3/5
15 : 1 150
Aveda Institute-Twin Falls Aveda Institute-Twin Falls Twin Falls, ID 14 : 1 70
University Logo Aveda Institute-Boise Boise, ID 7 : 1 56
University Logo Mr Leon's School of Hair Design-Lewiston Lewiston, ID 7 : 1 27
University Logo D & L Academy of Hair Design Twin Falls, ID
3/5
18 : 1 18
University Logo Evans Hairstyling College-Rexburg Rexburg, ID 14 : 1 66
University Logo Boise Barber College Boise, ID 13 : 1 52
University Logo Headmasters School of Hair Design Lewiston, ID 29 : 1 58
University Logo Mr Leon's School of Hair Design-Moscow Moscow, ID 11 : 1 21
University Logo Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology Boise, ID 18 : 1 171
University Logo The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf Professional - Coeur D'Alene Coeur D'Alene, ID 17 : 1 84
University Logo The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf Professional - Boise Boise, ID 17 : 1 114
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Rexburg Rexburg, ID 19 : 1 114

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