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Moscow, ID
Undergrads
8,138
Tuition (in-state)
$19,000 ($6,212)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: In Moscow, there is the typical gang of fast food restaurants: Taco Bell, KFC, McDonalds, etc. There is also a great selection of family restaurants which fall along a range of prices. If you are willing to look around, there is also an excellent variety of different varieties of food. Some of the best restaurants in this town look a little sketchy from the outside, but have amazing food at great prices. Gambinos is a great place if you want Italian, and Smokey Mountain is where I always take my family when they're in town. My absolute favorite place is a little Chinese-American restaurant (whose name I can't remember) just east of downtown.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I have to admit, I don't know a lot about Greek life at U of I. I have never participated in any Greek life events. I can say that the majority of Greek housing is very nice (at least from the outside); it generally consists of large houses, though a few of the fraternities and sororities live in separate floors of the dorms. Greek students are not really seen as any different from non-Greeks. They are judged based on their own personalities, not on what organizations they belong to.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The pros of off-campus housing in Moscow are freedom, space, and being able to cook your own meals rather than eating campus dining every day. The small size of the town and the frequency and convenience of the free bus mean that living off campus is really not much more difficult than living on campus. Even when you live off campus, a car is absolutely not necessary. Walking, biking, and riding the bus are all completely viable options for your transportation. There are multiple property management agencies that cater mostly to students, so finding and renting an apartment or house is extremely easy. The cost is slightly higher than it would be somewhere that is not a college town, but it tends to be much less expensive than living on campus. The one warning I would give anyone looking for off-campus housing is this: DO NOT RENT FROM UNIVERSITY CITY

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into my program involves an application, an interview, a background check, and a GPA requirement. It's not particularly difficult or abnormal. The only thing that can be a bit of a pain is the background check and fingerprinting, which does cost money and can take a while. Basically, though, as long as you are passionate about education, have a good GPA, and haven't committed any serious crimes, you're in!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I love being a part of the College of Education! The professors and students are kind and helpful because that's what they do in their careers. There are a lot of lesson planning assignments involved, which do take a lot of time, but to be honest, we'll have to do much more of that in our future careers, so we might as well get started now.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I've never had any issue with the academics at U of I. There are always a few exceptions, but most of the professors here are amazing! I've had so many professors that I loved so much I just had to take more classes with them. The curriculum in general is also great. Like most schools, though, U of I has its strengths and its weaknesses. Your experience here will depend on your area of study. The registration process is a piece of cake. Because the school isn't exactly huge, I've actually never been waitlisted for a class, which is incredible. The workload can sometimes seem overwhelming if you're not used to it, but it really is manageable and educational. I've never taken advantage of the special study options, but I know they are available. There are several study groups and tutoring services, and I've heard that the writing center is spectacular.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The College of Education at U of I is incredible! The professors are knowledgeable and passionate about their areas, and they are always happy to help out a future teacher. The curriculum is just what it should be. At this point in my education, I do feel mostly prepared for my future career. The workload tends to be a lot, but it's not too bad. Plus, everything we're doing is directly related to what we will be doing when we have our own classrooms. The Education building is probably not the best, but it is being torn apart to remodel as we speak.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: This is probably the thing that most people on campus complain about. The main dining hall on campus is frankly bad. The quality of the food is not very good, and the menus are not always the most creative or healthy. And really, nearly everything on campus is quite expensive. I know this firsthand, as I worked in campus dining here for two years. The best thing about campus dining is that you can use your flex dollars at every dining location on campus and that meal plans can be very flexible, providing fewer weekly meals at the dining hall and more flex dollars. My personal favorite places to eat on campus are Einsteins and the Chinese place in the Commons. (Also, the Jamba Juice here is terrible)

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I don't really pay a lot of attention to the way people around me look. I don't rate people on a scale of attractiveness when I see them. I will say, however, that the clothing choices of students on campus differ greatly, from students who wear their pajamas to class to those who dress in a full suit and tie every day. Interests are also diverse here, and with so many student clubs and activities, there's room for all of them. Students at U of I tend to be friendly and social (not all, but most).

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Considering that this school is located in the middle of Idaho, there is a lot of diversity in ethnicity/race, religion, and sexual orientation. As far as I know, most of the students at U of I are from roughly the same economic background, and I think the political beliefs here are about as diverse as they are in any college. One of my absolutely favorite things about U of I is the level of acceptance when it comes to all this diversity. It sits in the middle of a state that is generally not the most open to diversity, and yet I have heard very few negative comments about it here. Students, professors, and administrators at U of I have a healthy curiosity about different cultures, religions, and sexual orientations; they want to learn more about how other people live and tend to be very accepting of beliefs and attitudes that differ from their own.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The only real complaint I have has to do with the amount of scholarships. I transferred to U of I my sophomore year and saw the amount of scholarships I was receiving drop significantly. At my old school, I received nearly a full ride; at U of I, I had to take out a fair amount of loans to get by. My tips for anyone trying to get financial aid here would be to DEFINITELY go into the financial aid office and talk to the people there. They can be very helpful recommending scholarships and loans that might be right for you. Also, if you are asked to "verify your FAFSA", be ready for a headache.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus as a whole is absolutely beautiful. I am constantly taking pictures because I can't believe I get to spend all day in such a gorgeous place. The buildings are a charming mix of older and very modern aesthetics, and the grass and trees are always so green! The rec center and library are my two favorite places. Both are great resources and very well-maintained. There are frequent campus events and activities that are usually a lot of fun to attend! However, some of the classrooms in the older buildings could use an update, particularly when it comes to heating and air conditioning.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never heard a horror story about friends being assaulted or feeling unsafe on campus, and I have personally always felt very safe on campus. The security guards who constantly patrol campus are great; always willing to help and walk you home if needed and always easy to find.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's Idaho....not many gangs or heavy crime around....pretty safe place

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Almost as good as the real Moscow

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most people are pretty average, just like everywhere else. There are a lot of different people.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: First things first, the campus is beautiful and makes everyone never want to leave. I haven't really been in a lot of the buildings or around a lot, but even just passing through, it's easy to see that campus is friendly and upbeat.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics here have great fans! Nearly everyone on campus gets pumped up for the big game - it creates a great atmosphere.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Lots of people like the Greek life. The beautiful houses add a lot to the campus (and they get their own special parking, which is ridiculous). But it just isn't for everyone. In my opinion, they do more bad than good.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't go to parties, so I wouldn't really know. But from the noise and stories... I hear UI is a big party school. But then again, so is every other school in the country. If you want to find alcohol, you can easily. But it isn't hard to stay away from either.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: they don't handle it in the best way. The people in charge aren't clear with prices and how they have to report

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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: not much to do unless you have a car

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: My program has to be the best thing that I have ever been able to take part in. If I could do what I have done all over again, I would. My career goal is to be a 3d modeler/concept artist for characters or creatures. I don't have any real concerns about finding a job in my field because as I am graduating from college, the predicted amount of jobs in video gaming is going to skyrocket from what it currently is.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into my program was simple, fun, and when I spent time up at the University during Vandal Friday, I was able to talk to my instructors and get a feel for what the program would be like.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students are very diverse and there are niche groups of people for every imaginable type of person out there.

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Toluwani Adekunle
Hometown
Accra
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2014
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U of I opens up a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in different programs that actually impact the community and make a difference. Not only do you get a great education, but you also get the opportunity to meet some really great people. However, the location can sometimes be a bit of a detraction, so you really have to get out there and hit the ground running in terms of making friends and grasping opportunities. 

In terms of job outlook, U of I offers students many resources to prepare them for post-grad life. The Career Center organizes different programs, such as career fairs, and many departments in the school also create avenues for students to meet with professionals in their fields. These opportunities are especially open to students in different clubs on campus, so it's important to get involved. Different departments on campus also have guest speakers come to give talks.

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