Pocatello, ID
Tuition (in-state)
$17,870 ($6,070)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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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.

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.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very unique. The LDS population here is excessive, there are three churches just on campus. There are also a big population of individuals that identify with the LGBT group. These are two very different groups that are prominent here on campus.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a high international population and the campus is fairly accepting.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: I have experienced much diversity from politics to religion to ethnicity. I have had the opportunity to meet and talk to students from all around the world. One of my favorite events to go to are the International Nights, when we get to eat authentic food from the country highlighted, and experience their culture through dance and music.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eryn Lowe
Communications/TV Broadcasting
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For an Idaho school, ISU is semi-diverse. There are a lot of home-grown Idaho kids, a large LDS student community, and not a lot of variety. But that is not to say it is not there. The international students contribute to diversity on campus with their many events. The African Students  Association holds "African Night" annually, with food, entertainment, and games straight from African culture.

International students are continuously pouring into the University, and it changes the view of the school as well as the students, making them more culturally educated. There is a large number of nontraditional students at ISU. The average age of an ISU student is much higher than many universities. It definitely gives a different feel to the University when parents come to class with their children, coloring books, crayons, and Cheerios in tow. This also makes the Early Learning Center (ELC) a larger part of the University. Many parents take advantage of the on-campus facility so they can visit their kids in between classes and be nearby in case of an emergency. Having older students around definitely gives students a different perspective on school and their future.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Montana
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 20%
20-21: 17%
22-24: 21%
25+: 41%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 90%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
ISU is tolerant of gay relations. BGLAD is an organization that is continually striving for further tolerance on campus and in the entire community.
Political Activity
The campus has quite a mix of liberal and conservative views. The College Republicans and College Democrats are both active on campus and well supported. For an Idaho city, Pocatello is more liberal than most.
Economic Status
Students at ISU come from diverse economic backgrounds. There are definitely those that get the dough from mom and dad, but there are also many of those everyday college students that are just scraping by on macaroni and cheese.
Most Common Religions
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon)
Minority Clubs on Campus
ISU supports a wide variety of international student clubs and organizations, including the African Students Association, Association of Indian Students, Chinese Student Association, German Club, Hispanic Awareness Leadership Organization, International Students Association, Japanese Club, Muslim Student Association, and Nepalese Student Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 19% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 43 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 40% Not sure
  • 2% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 42 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 41 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 52% Very accepting.


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