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Tuition (in-state)
$18,676 ($6,344)
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Very Easy
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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.

5 College Student

Academics: Being in the Pharmacy program is definitely a wonderful experience. I will graduate with a doctorate and will have a relatively stable career. This program is in the top ten in the nation and the faculty is fantastic

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors area always willing to help.

5 College Junior

Academics: The nursing program is an intense, but incredible program. Looking back, I can't even believe how much I have learned in the past two years. We have an awesome fake hospital set up in the nursing building where we can get hands-on experience before our clinicals. The hospital site where most clinicals are done is a new hospital with state of the art equipment, and very education oriented.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 225th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 620th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1015th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1052nd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1088th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eryn Lowe
Major
Communications/TV Broadcasting
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ISU offers several levels of degrees in various departments and programs. The ISU health program is a particularly strong program that is well-known by other institutions. The University is recognized for its mission to bring health and health sciences education to the state of Idaho.

Overall, there has been an abundant amount of growth academically, especially in health-related fields. What the University does fall short in is building the smaller programs. ISU is known as a health college, but not everybody wants to be a doctor or dental hygienist. All the major health programs receive money and improvement before any other program on campus. This is not to say that the other programs cannot operate adequately. They are still excellent programs with excellent faculty, but they are not reaching their full potential.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
579
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
245
Total FT Faculty
599
Average Faculty Salary
$55,685
Full-Time Retention Rate
62%
Part-Time Retention Rate
40%
Transfer-Out Rate
23%
Graduation Rate
35%
Programs/Majors Offered
171
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 34%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Technology
  • Division of Health Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 2%
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physical education
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Speech/communication
  • Theater
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
There are four different types of distance learning courses: video conference course (VCC), web supplemented (Moodle), Idaho Education Network (IEN), and fully online/web courses.
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Pond Student Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask around for the good professors.
  • Find out who your adviser is in your program as a freshman, and meet with him/her before you register each semester.
  • Get a tutor if the class is rough.
  • Go to the study sessions offered, especially for science classes.
  • If you don't like your professors, see if you can take the class another semester from somebody else.
  • Interested in a certain field? Take an introduction class; they are easy and will help you decide if it's what you want to do.
  • Know how many credit hours you can handle.
  • Look for financial aid opportunities like scholarships; school is expensive.
  • Taking 15 credits or more your freshman year? Don't add a job onto that.
Did You Know?
  • ISU also offers online courses for those who tend to skip out on class too much.
  • The Eli M. Oboler Library has three floors of volumes upon volumes of research for students. It is also a popular study setting and a great way to meet other people striving for academic excellence.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 39 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 40 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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