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Campus Quality


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4 College Student

Campus Quality: Every thing can be accessed quite easily

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: 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.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: 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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2 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's a very boring school so not much to talk about.

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4 College Student

Campus Quality: There is something for everyone from organized sports to drama to Indian cultural events. All you have to do is look.

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The U of I campus is well maintained, but there are a lot of old buildings on campus. The interior of some buildings could use some repairs, as the structures themselves are really old. The architectural designs on campus need to be modernized, but even with the old structures, the landscape of the school and the scenery are appealing. However, for most of the year, it's either snowing or rainy and cold, so sometimes the exterior of campus might be a depressing sight to behold. The good news is that the school always seems to have one renovation or another going on, even if these renovations never seem to make a huge difference.

The athletic center has really good and modern amenities provided to athletes, and there is also a student recreation center that other students can make use of. There is really nothing impressive about the recreation center, though, even if it has very good workout equipment. There are more than two libraries on campus, and all are well equipped and adequate for students' needs. In terms of entertainment, there is not much to do on campus. There are a few concerts, movies, and plays, but you might have to leave the campus often to catch your real fun.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,585 acres
Student Centers
Idaho Commons and Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
University of Idaho Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Champions Grill & Bar
  • CJ's - Cadillac Jack's
  • Coeur D'Alene Brewing Co.
  • Corner Club
  • Garden Lounge
  • John's Alley Tavern
  • Mingles Bar and Grill
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes; Einstein Bros. Bagels is the closest thing to a coffeehouse on campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes; Borah Theater is in the Student Union Building.
"Green" Initiatives
The school is actually doing a good job in respect to sustainability and staying green. The school has a sustainability center that creates awareness on campus as to the issue's importance. The UI Sustainability Center coordinates recycling and composting around campus as well as a sustainability symposium every academic year. Trays were also taken away from some of the dining halls in an effort to conserve water. Although the school has invested a lot in sustainability, there is still more to be done.
School Slang
  • Nasty and inebriated: These were the words that Boise State University's football coach used when referring to UI students after a football game between both teams ended badly.
  • Who do we hate? Boise State!: Students chant these words before games, due to the rivalry between the University of Idaho and Boise State University.
Hello Walk: As the president walks through the Hello Walk each morning, students have to reply to his greeting or he follows them wherever they go until they respond.
Urban Legends
There are rumors of ghosts in old Greek houses on campus. Brink and Riley halls on campus are also believed to be haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
There are open mic nights that are organized by students during the course of the semester. There is also "Night at the Rec," organized by the recreation center. The Student Union Building has an entertainment section called Vandal Entertainment, and it provides different forms of entertainment for students, including movies, concerts, and more.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Argonaut
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The most active clubs on campus are usually the ones that work with social issues. Sports clubs are also pretty active. The process of starting a club is quite easy and simply laid out for students. You can be a part of as many clubs as possible, but it is important to choose your club/s wisely.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 83 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 36 responses

  • 20% Rec Center
  • 16% Football games
  • 15% Concerts
  • 14% Hello Walk
  • 10% Homework. I have no choice.
  • 8% Greek System
  • 5% Basketball games
  • 5% Marching Band Performances
  • 4% Theatre Productions
  • 3% Halloween

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 25% Socialize
  • 23% Use the student rec center
  • 20% Take walks around the beautiful campus
  • 17% Go to the Arboretum
  • 12% Learn
  • 3% Does it involve tons of homework?

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 34 responses

  • 26% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 59% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 6% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 78 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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