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Location
Pocatello, ID
Undergrads
7,432
Tuition (in-state)
$17,870 ($6,070)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Academics: It offers a wide range of good majors.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The generals are easy to get through. The staff is very willing to work around disabilities if you have them.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I like a lot of the classes. There is this program called SONA that allows you to participate in research done by the school. Some psychology classes require you participate in research or read specific articles online about studies and take quizzes on them. The nice thing about ISU is that they will help you find a job after you graduate.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload isn't too bad if you can manage your time. Most of the homework is reading. The professors are great. Some of them are really nice and understanding. The most important thing is to communicate with them. They hand out their email addresses, phone numbers, and office hours to make it easy. I would recommend that you see a counselor before registering for classes. They know about all the changes and can make the processes easier by suggesting alternative courses.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: My major at my school is particularly popular and renowned. There are many research opportunities and classes to be taken.

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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
163
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

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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