Location
Pocatello, ID
Undergrads
7,432
Tuition (in-state)
$17,870 ($6,070)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 911 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have tons of campus events every year--reaching over 8000! Between the movie theater and bowling alley on campus and all of the student events they hold every week...there is no way to be bored!! They are a ton of fun and a great way to spend your free time. One of my favorite traditions here is Bengal Wednesday! Happens every Wednesday (obviously) and you wear your bengal gear or colors and you can get free stuff!! Water bottles, pop/energy drinks, candy, more bengal gear....it's awesome!!!

4 College Senior

Facilities: We have a rendezvous center that contains classes and study areas and dorm rooms. It also has a food court area.

4 College Senior

Facilities: We have many activities such as concerts, game nights, clubs, or sport games.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school does a lot of activities such as plays, games, clubs, or concerts. I would choose my school because of the programs and the location that it is in.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are not many attractions here but there are some. There are many other cities close by that people can drive to to meet their needs. The shopping is not that great, but everyone here seems to be really nice.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Our campus has many clubs to make everyone feel accepted. There are lesbian and gay groups to make them feel apart of something, there are game clubs, and ethnic clubs. Everyone is nice to each other.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics are good. The professors are pretty great and we have some really good programs. I found it very easy to register and get enrolled. There are many popular study areas such as the SUB or the rendezvous.

5 College Senior

Academics: My healthcare administration program is great. We are required to do an internship that can potentially help with job opportunities. The classes prepare you for the real world. The curriculum is good and can be completed in 4 years. It also gives you a major in health care and a minor in business administration.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is alright. There are very many rental houses near campus and they vary in rooms and prices. They are close to grocery stores and other attractions. The landlords are okay but some are operated by rental companies so that can make it difficult. Some places require a city parking permit and some do not.

3 College Senior

Athletics: They put a lot into the football team and they hardly ever do good. We have other sports like women's basketball that wins more and they don't recognize them very well. The first games of the season always have quite a bit of student involvement then they go down from there if the teams are not winning.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life is almost non-existent. There are two for girls and one for guys. They don't do anything for ISU except act a bit snobby.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. There is a great sense of community. You feel right at home. I live in the Rendezvous complex which I think is the best. The worst might have to be Owan just because I've never heard anything good about it. ISU's off-campus complexes like the Bengal Apartments has bad reviews as well. The cost is a little high but the perks, such as a washer and dryer, and full refrigerator in the rooms, are worth it.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is fairly nice and there are a lot of good looking people on campus. Both guys and girls are a little self-involved but it's all about who you meet.

3 College Junior

Diversity: ISU is very diverse. I have met students from Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria to name a few. It is great that we have the chance to learn about different cultures but they also come as a slap in the face. Their school is completely paid for and they get allowances, enough to buy some of the fanciest cars on campus. I have been an American since birth and I don't get a dime yet someone from a different country gets all the federal aid they could ask for. It is insulting really.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus as of yet. ISU provides some off-campus housing but I haven't heard very good things about them.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Idaho State University has a few good sports teams but the worst is by far the football team. There is little to no support for them. Rugby is also unpopular but I think it's because we don't know much about it. More exposure to it would be helpful in that respect. Our facilities are good but the seats could be more comfortable.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Idaho State University is a dry campus and it expects us to adhere to the rules. Anyone caught with alcohol or drugs is immediately confronted. Noise is also strictly enforced for the comfort of everyone on campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is pretty good. Almost everyone is friendly. There really aren't that many attractions but there are plenty of walking paths and parks for activities. The shopping is decent. I don't find myself lacking in anything. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in and watch sports. Our basketball, soccer, and softball teams aren't half bad!! I haven't met with locals that are upset or angry with student presence in Pocatello.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Idaho State University is a small school focused on student participation. There is always a highly advertised event on campus that promotes alcohol- free student activity. It is a great was to meet new friends and because the school is so small, everyone knows everyone. I love that about my school.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life at ISU is fantastic. There is a real sense of community in the housing facilities and I almost always feel safe on campus. There is always something to do whether it's take in a free movie or head down to the game center for some pool or arcade games. You don't have to be bored at ISU.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think we are fairly safe on campus. We have at least two fire drills per semester and campus safety are just minutes away at any given time. The police are also close by. My only concern is theft. It is easy to forget to lock doors in our dorms and there is a constant threat that someone will just walk in and take something. It calls for a degree of care.

College Junior

Scholarships: I have not delt with financial aid as of yet but I must this coming year.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Let's be honest, cafeteria food can never be that great. Luckily, there are plenty of options just in case something isn't savory. Lunches at Turner are better than the dinners so be advised. Two more places on campus to eat lunch are the Sub and downstairs in the Rendezvous complex. The sub has absolutely amazing food but most of the places are only open for a few hours. Rendezvous is the same in terms of availability but it is better than eating Turner everyday!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are more girls than guys at my school

4 College Junior

Scholarships: For me, financial aid was easy to obtain. I filled out the FASFA and waited to be awarded my grant. It was as simple as that.

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Eryn Lowe
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ISU is what someone might call "one of a kind." It has the city setting without actually being in a huge city. It is an institution with diverse programs, qualified professors, and a field of interest for any student. And although it is an Idaho university with an Idaho environment, out-of-state and international students are welcome and included. There is a club or student organization for everybody, and if that isn't your cup of tea, there is always the great Idaho outdoors to enjoy.

ISU has a wonderful hometown feel with multiple opportunities available. The student experience at ISU, and probably any college or university, really comes down to what the student wants out of it. Pocatello can be viewed as an amazingly boring town, or it can be a fun, chill place to just lay back and enjoy life. That is definitely the word for Pocatello and ISU life in general—chill. For the most part, students and professors are laid-back and easy-going. The ISU experience is what students make of it, but most likely that experience will be one of great memories and good times in good ol' Idaho.

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