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921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
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Idaho State University

Idaho State University Rating: 4.7/5 (319 votes)

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Introduction

Founded in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho, Idaho State University (ISU) is a public research university that awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Its main campus is located in the city of Pocatello and campuses also exist in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls. Outreach Centers are found in in American Falls, Blackfoot, Montpelier, Preston, and Soda Springs.

Since its inception, the institution has gone through five name changes. University status was conferred in 1963 and Idaho State has seen its enrollment increase significantly in recent years. Nearly 15,000 students take classes each year.

Academics

The university is comprised of seven colleges and schools:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Division of Health Sciences
  • College of Technology
  • Graduate School

Students can pursue nearly 300 degree programs and certifications as well as interdisciplinary degree options and pre-professional programs. There are also several international and study abroad opportunities for undergraduates to experience.

Associate degrees are offered in several fields, including criminal justice, nursing, and culinary arts.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of subject areas, including American studies, biology, mathematics, business management, early childhood education, family and consumer studies, engineering, dental hygiene and Earth and environmental systems. Many fields have particular concentrations or specializations.

Graduate programs are offered in over 50 areas, including master’s level programs in anthropology, art, geology, clinical psychology, education, counseling, deaf education, physical therapy, and nuclear science. Doctoral degrees are awarded in English, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, educational leadership, engineering and applied science, physical therapy, and pharmacy. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is offered in school psychology, special education and educational administration.

Idaho State is home to hundreds of faculty members, providing a low student-to-teacher ratio that allows for personal interaction and collaboration.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Distinctions and Honors

ISU is home to a nationally recognized business program. The school’s Certified Public Accountant (CPA) program has been ranked among the nation’s best, with students’ pass rates on the CPA examination scoring more than three times the national average among students who take the exam for the first time.

The university offers some of the region’s best programs in the health sciences and biological fields, including degrees in health care administration, radiographic science, speech pathology, dental hygiene, and dietetics. Another area of excellence is teacher preparation, including educational administration, physical education, and special education.

Honors Program

The university also has an undergraduate Honors Program. To be eligible, students need to meet the following requirements: 3.6 high school GPA and an ACT score of 25. Once accepted, Honors Program students will be able to take honors courses and complete an honors project.

CLASS Program

Another unique opportunity for students is the Clustered Learning for Academic Success (CLASS) program, in which students take 3-5 related courses with the same group of classmates.

Admissions

Freshmen Applicants

Applications and the accompanying application fee can be submitted online. Applicants must also submit official high school transcripts and standardized test scores. All applicants should have a competitive GPA and high school students from the state of Idaho are required to have completed the Idaho Core Curriculum. Out-of-state students should have completed a comparable curriculum. Students who are enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their official final high school transcripts sent to the Admissions Office after graduation.

Admission is generally granted on the basis of a combination of test scores and GPA. Students with slightly lower-than-average GPAs or test scores may be admitted on a conditional basis and must meet other requirements while attending.

Transfer and International Students

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background. Students who graduated from Idaho high schools prior to 1989 will also have different requirements.

Dual Enrollment Program Admissions

The university offers a dual enrollment program for local high school students who are interested in starting their college careers early. Special admissions requirements apply, so students interested in this program should contact the university to determine what steps they need to take.

Graduate Student Admissions

Prospective graduate students should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying because acceptance requirements vary from program to program. Applications can be submitted online along with the required application fee. Application deadlines are determined by the program to which the student is applying.

Basic graduate program requirements include holding a bachelor’s degree and submitting official GRE, GMAT, or other appropriate test scores. Applicants also need a recommendation from the graduate school of interest as well as approval for admittance by the dean of the graduate school.

Financial Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid, and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year. The university’s financial aid office provides a checklist of items required to complete the FAFSA paperwork and to correctly process financial aid applications.

Types of financial aid commonly awarded to eligible ISU students include Pell Grants, Federal Direct Student Loans, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Federal Perkins Loans. Some students are also eligible for Work Study jobs on campus.

Graduate students may be able to receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all tuition and other required fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual departments for more information and to receive details of the application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Students are presented with a diverse range of school-recognized groups and organizations to join. There are more than 120 student organizations and clubs on campus that should meet the needs and interests of nearly every student, including academic and professional associations, cultural groups, fraternities and sororities, sports clubs, political and religious clubs, and shared interest groups, such as the Acoustic Music and Songwriting Organization and the Chess Club.

ISU is particularly proud of its on-campus outdoor programs. The Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (C.W. HOG) provides handicapped students the same opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities as able-bodied students. The Wilderness Rental Center is the central source for renting and using outdoor recreational equipment on campus.

The gymnasium and rec center are home to the largest climbing wall on a college campus in the western United States, as well as swimming pools, indoor tennis and racquetball courts, and weight rooms. There are also numerous club and intramural sports so that students may compete in group sports without participating with intercollegiate-level teams.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Idaho State University Bengals compete in Division I of the NCAA in the Big Sky Conference and Division I-AA in football. Sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and field. There is a men’s football team as well as women’s golf, volleyball, soccer and softball. School colors are black and orange and the mascot is Benny the Bengal Tiger.

The school’s athletic facilities include Reed Gym, the 3,000-seat arena that is home to basketball and volleyball; Holt Arena, which seats 12,000 for football and was the first indoor arena on an American college campus; Davis Field for soccer and track; and a new cross country course that is strictly dedicated to cross country events.

Bengal athletes are also active in the community, supporting various philanthropic and charitable initiatives, offering scholarships, and even hosting various community events.

Traditions

Bengal Fest, which is held annually, is the largest tailgate party of the year. Bengal Fest promotes team spirit and school pride, along with great food, camaraderie, and the occasional celebrity appearance. There are games and rides for the kids, a massive barbecue, and a performance by the ISU marching band.

Local Community

Pocatello is located in southeast Idaho, among the hills of the Rocky Mountains and near the historic Oregon Trail. The area’s climate is described as “four season” and weather is often sunny and dry. Although Pocatello is a small town, it offers numerous parks with hiking & biking trails throughout, several museums, golf courses, recreational complexes, and the Pocatello Zoo.

Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 16 0.13

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 109 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.01
Forcible Rape 15 0.03
Robbery 5 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 262 0.48
Larceny 1,457 2.66
Vehicle theft 75 0.14

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1602

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1079th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,688 $4,688 $17,020
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,656 $1,656 $1,656
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $317 $317 $517
FT Graduate Tuition $4,688 $4,688 $17,020
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,784 $2,784 $2,784
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $374 $374 $574
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,068 $21,068 $33,400
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,068 $21,068 $33,400
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,788 $12,788 $25,120

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $4,688 $17,020
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $11,116 $15,856

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,796 $6,070 $5,796 $6,070 $17,032 $17,870
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,064(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,650(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,064(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,650(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,650(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Sky Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,187
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,550
Board Fee$3,413

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 89 32 112 19 22 1,751 143 2,189
Accounting 2 2 29 1 34
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 2 8 11
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1
Adult Literacy Tutor/Instructor 2 1 3
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2 5 2 9
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 12 2 16
American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language (ASL)
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology 1 2 14 17
Art Teacher Education 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 8 2 11
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 28 28
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 7 1 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 1 14 1 19
Biochemistry
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3 1 3 7
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 2 45 3 53
Botany/Plant Biology
Building Construction Technology 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 5 3 2 2 57 7 77
Business Machine Repair
Business Teacher Education 1 4 5
Business/Commerce, General 5 1 6
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 1 6 1 8
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 5 1 8
Carpentry/Carpenter
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 3 15 18
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management 2 2
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 2 4 6
Civil Engineering, General 3 1 14 18
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 5 1 1 13 4 24
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 1 1 2
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Software Technology/Technician 1 5 1 7
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 13 14
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 6 7
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 4 9 1 15
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1 1 29 33
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 9 9
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 2 3 23 29
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 2 3
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 4 6
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 22 2 27
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 25 4 29
Dietetics/Dietitian 1 14 15
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5 19 1 25
Earth Science Teacher Education 1 1
Ecology 2 2
Economics, General 1 1 5 7
Education, General 2 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1 1 2
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 2 15 1 18
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Psychology
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 5 1 7
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 6 9
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2 2
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 37 6 47
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 3 3
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 2 39 1 43
English Language and Literature, General 35 2 38
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 13 2 15
Environmental Science 1 1
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 1
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 4 4
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 5 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Finance, General 1 6 1 8
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 6 6
French Language and Literature
General Studies 1 1 5 2 4 34 2 49
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 2 12 14
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 8 9
German Language and Literature 2 2
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 1 5 3 12
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 19 1 21
Health Teacher Education 1 2 3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 13 2 16
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History Teacher Education 9 9
History, General 1 14 1 16
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
Human Resources Development 1 1 1 1 51 7 63
Information Science/Studies 1 1
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 16 16
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies 1 1 6 1 9
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 11 1 13
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 1 1 34 3 41
Lineworker 6 6
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 4 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 8 1 11
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 4 1 5
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 21 23
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 11 12
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 5
Mathematics, General 1 1 1 1 6 1 11
Mechanical Engineering 4 1 1 26 1 33
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 3 5
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 1 14 1 17
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 5 6
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 2 12 2 16
Microbiology, General 1 1 1 19 1 23
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 1 1 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7 8
Music Performance, General 1 2 3
Music Teacher Education 1 4 5
Music, General 1 1
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 2 8 10
Nuclear Engineering 3 1 15 19
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician 1 7 9
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 8 2 11
Organizational Communication, General 3 4
Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 4
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Philosophy 3 1 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 5 5 1 1 67 3 84
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 14 1 18
Physician Assistant 1 3 44 11 59
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 8 1 1 25 2 37
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 3 1 27 2 37
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1 7 9
Psychology, General 3 2 4 1 62 1 73
Public Health Education and Promotion 1 2 12 3 18
Public Health, General 1 1 9 1 12
Public/Applied History 1 1
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 1 6 2 6 189 21 229
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 9 2 11
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other 1 1
Robotics Technology/Technician 9 10
School Psychology 8 8
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 17 19
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 10 2 13
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Work 5 22 2 29
Sociology 1 3 16 24
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 3 4
Spanish Language and Literature 5 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 8 10
Speech Teacher Education 1 1
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 29 2 34
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Statistics, General 1 1
Surveying Technology/Surveying 2 2
Systems Engineering 5 1 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 1 6 9
Welding Technology/Welder 22 3 25
Zoology/Animal Biology 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2100th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,764 ($66,645 male / $49,777 female)
Number of FT Faculty 553 (302 male / 251 female)
Number of PT Faculty 768
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $17,827,850
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