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    Top Colleges in Idaho

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 7th, 2024

    With schools like University of Idaho and Boise State, colleges in Idaho have something to offer any student. To sweeten the deal, students who live in the state will receive steep tuition discounts at any of their public institutions. Check out the list below to compare the top Idaho colleges by graduation rate, acceptance rate, size, and cost:

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    University of Idaho

    Moscow, ID • Public, Town

    Moscow, ID

    Public, Town

    81% acceptance rate
    6,861 undergraduate students
    59% graduation rate
    $12,019 average per year after aid
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    Brigham Young University-Idaho

    Rexburg, ID • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Rexburg, ID

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    97% acceptance rate
    43,532 undergraduate students
    50% graduation rate
    $6,577 average per year after aid
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    Northwest Nazarene University

    Nampa, ID • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Nampa, ID

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    88% acceptance rate
    1,172 undergraduate students
    63% graduation rate
    $22,893 average per year after aid
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    Boise State University

    Boise, ID • Public, City

    Boise, ID

    Public, City

    83% acceptance rate
    17,075 undergraduate students
    54% graduation rate
    $17,107 average per year after aid
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    The College of Idaho

    Caldwell, ID • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Caldwell, ID

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    56% acceptance rate
    1,118 undergraduate students
    56% graduation rate
    $23,787 average per year after aid
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    Lewis-Clark State College

    Lewiston, ID • Public, City

    Lewiston, ID

    Public, City

    100% acceptance rate
    2,441 undergraduate students
    37% graduation rate
    $12,962 average per year after aid
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    Idaho State University

    Pocatello, ID • Public, City

    Pocatello, ID

    Public, City

    --% acceptance rate
    6,842 undergraduate students
    39% graduation rate
    $17,410 average per year after aid
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    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    State grants in Idaho

    Idaho Opportunity Scholarship:

    For Idaho students attending eligible institutions, the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship is a need based scholarship that can be applied to through the FAFSA. Unfortunately, for the 2023-2024 academic year community colleges are no longer considered eligible for this scholarship. 

    Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship:

    The Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship is a merit based scholarship for Idaho high school seniors. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of at least 2.8, write a 500 word personal essay, and submit letters of recommendation. 

    GEAR UP Idaho Scholarship:

    The GEAR UP Idaho Scholarship is for high school students graduating from certain school districts in Idaho. In order to be eligible, students must plan on going to a participating institution. The amount awarded may differ each year based on available funds and the number of applicants. 

    Idaho tuition reciprocity agreements

    Idaho is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), which gives students the opportunity to pay discounted tuition by attending participating institutions in partner states. 

    States in the WUE are listed below:

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    Frequently asked questions about colleges in Idaho

    What is the hardest school in Idaho to get into?

    The university with the lowest acceptance rate in Idaho is the University of Idaho with 81% of students being accepted. If this school looks right for you, don’t be discouraged to apply just because it may have a lower acceptance rate than other colleges. The only way you have zero chance is if you don’t apply!

    Does Idaho have tuition reciprocity?

    Yes! Idaho is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), so students in partner states have the opportunity to attend schools in Idaho and pay in-state tuition. The same tuition discounts can be applied to Idaho students studying in partner states.

    Why should I study in Idaho?

    Many institutions in Idaho have a wide range of programs, but especially excel in agricultural studies and natural resource studies. Beyond academics, studying in Idaho gives students the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful surrounding nature, including canyons, waterfalls, and sand dunes. Don’t forget, even if you are not in the state of Idaho, you may have the opportunity to study in Idaho at an in-state tuition rate if you are in the WUE!

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