Idaho State University

1,147 reviews
  1. Pocatello, ID
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B+
Idaho State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Data not available
High School GPA
Data not available
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$13,695/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,059/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,710/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,097/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,957/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,089/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.80 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,214Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
29%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • College Student
    39%
  • Working
    24%
  • Married with kids; Non-traditional students
    15%
  • Smart
    11%
  • Determined
    4%
  • Robots to the power that be
    4%
  • Struggling
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.91 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.106 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Bengal Pride!
    42%
  • It is a college
    19%
  • It's great!
    19%
  • Great for health fields.
    4%
  • Perfectly fits my needs as a single mother!
    4%
  • Sneaky. Hidden costs
    4%
  • Very in tune with student needs
    4%

After Idaho State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.54 responses

Reviews

1,147 reviews
  • Excellent
    157
  • Very Good
    379
  • Average
    475
  • Poor
    90
  • Terrible
    46
Being a freshman sucks because you have to have a meal plan. The only place to use the meal plan is Turner Dinging Hall, the main lines of which are a few steps above high school cafeteria food. They do have some delicious options, but that's because they allow a couple chefs to create their own dishes. The amounts are limited, so get there early or be stuck with the main cafeteria lines. All in all, not horrible food, but NOT worth the price you pay for the meal plan. Ouch.

Flex dollars have a MUCH better variety of places to eat. In Rendezvous at the various stations or even in the little C-store, in the SUB at the 4 different places allowed by Chartwells (the main food provider who has a contract with ISU to be the sole provider of food for everything. They have monopoly over both Rendezvous and Turner food options. The SUB is where you get a little actual variety. Although to be fair, Chartwells food in Rendezvous is pretty yummy. Worth the money or flex dollars you pay).

Flex dollars in general suck though--you get taxed when you buy them, and you get taxed again when you use them! Use your own money people.
  • College Sophomore
  • Jan 17 2015
The professors here are very friendly and don't mind when students come confused. I constantly email my professors with questions, and they're always happy to help out. In larger classes, it can be difficult to get the attention you need, but approaching the professor for help before and after class is not difficult to do. There are a large variety of classes offered that can fit the interests of any student. The only reason I rated this one less than perfect is because I had a bad experience with a particular teacher for general biology. She was new and couldn't quite help the students in a way that was beneficial, so it was extremely difficult in the end. Other than that, I have nothing but positive remarks for the classes and professors at ISU!
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 9 2014
The program I am enrolled in at Idaho State assigns busy work as we have to rewrite the labs we complete in class step by step, word for word, exactly as the printout handed to states. It is pointless and tedious. The registration process is difficult because if you have any fines on your record, you cannot register. They will not take it out of your financial aid, you have to pay upfront. For example, parking tickets; they are the bane of my existence. They oversell parking tickets at a ratio of like 15:1, for every parking spot, 15 people have a pass to park in that spot and it makes it nearly impossible to do anything. Hardly anyone lives on campus, most people commute as this is a non-traditional school. Anyways, the parking regulators are RIDICULOUS and hand out tickets like candy at a parade. They are completely unwilling to work with you to resolve the issues. Yes, you can appeal the tickets but no one I know has ever had an appeal result in their favor. You even have to buy a parking pass to park in a handicapped spot! ISU nickels and dimes you to death! They even charge you fees for your classes on top of tuition- usually with an excuse that it is a &quot;lab&quot; or a special class but it is upwards of $200-$300 dollars on top of ridiculous tuition that is the highest in the state (more than Boise State and University of Idaho- the schools that overpower ISU in every aspect).
  • College Senior
  • Dec 17 2012