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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It may not be an art school, but we have stellar professors from great schools. The skills you learn from individual professors build on each other for a really well-rounded education. Classes are small, professors and students are on a first-name basis, they actually care about the students and their progress. It's a lot of work, you have to be self-motivated and dedicate time, but if you do, you'll blossom as an artist. Most of the classes are in one building, so it's easy to go from one 3-hour class to another and have time to take a lunch break even with a packed art schedule. we have such a variety of media--fiber arts, ceramics, paper making, sculpture, metals and jewelry, painting (acrylic and oil), watercolor, printmaking, anatomy(figure) drawing and painting, basic design, drawing, etc. and of course history courses.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a wide variety of majors, and some of them are top ranked in the region or country. Psychology and Engineering are two really good well-known ones. Education is a rigorous and respected degree, as is pharmacy. It's a very affordable school, with a flat tuition fee for part-time students and a flat tuition fee for full-time students. None of that random fees for credit hours with room for hidden fees and crap like that. The only fees you might not expect are fees associated with individual classes, like lab fees, but they're very reasonable and it makes sense why they are applied. All of my professors explain what the fees go towards when there are fees.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The reason I came to ISU was because of the Occupational Therapy program that they have. It is nationally recognized as being great and the staff is also great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have come across professors I enjoy and some I absolutely despise. Some professors are great at what they do, and others are not. Registering when I was a freshmen was terrible, no one helped me. My workload was reasonable, but I also took on a heavy class load so it equaled out.

4 College Junior

Academics: Curriculum is very diverse and geared toward my program. Has classes geared towards intern opportunities.

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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.

How often do you:    Based on 13 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 40% Stacy Dragila - Olympic gold medalist, pole-vaulting
  • 33% Jared Allen - Professional Football
  • 20% Merril Hoge - former NFL player
  • 7% Roger Williams - pianist
  • 0% James A. McClure - former U.S. senator, 1973-1991

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 31% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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