University of Idaho

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 2282

Moscow, ID 83844-2282

Phone: (208) 885-6111
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Idaho is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,928, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,450 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Idaho's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 161. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,524 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,600 (2013-14).

University of Idaho is located in the northwestern part of the state, in the city of Moscow. Undergraduates at Idaho can choose from many majors within eight colleges, and graduate students can earn degrees in more than 80 master's programs, including business, law, engineering and education. Outside the classroom, students can join more than 200 organizations, play club-level or intramural sports or explore the city. Moscow is home to movie theaters, cafés, restaurants and the four-day Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Student athletes can try out for Idaho's silver-and-gold sports teams, which are called the Vandals, thanks to an old newspaper account of the 1917 basketball team vandalizing its opponents on the court. The Vandals mainly compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Notable Idaho alumni include Mark Felt, better known as Deep Throat, who was the source to reporters during the Watergate political scandal in the 1970s.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Idaho is a high-research, land-grant institution committed to undergraduate and graduate research education with extension services responsive to Idaho and the region's business and community needs. Many students take advantage of an emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities in computer security, transportation innovations, environmental science, agricultural science, evolutionary biology, biomedical research and power applications to name a few. A U Idaho education is nationally ranked as a best buy for the quality and value and is one of the country's "most wired" universities. The University of Idaho offers a complete living and learning experience. The residential campus is located in the small, friendly community of Moscow, Idaho, and is surrounded by the rural beauty and outdoor recreational activities of North Idaho. There are many unexpected gems, like the four-day Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival each February. More than 12,000 students from around the nation and world attend the University of Idaho.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $188,510,902


When applying to University of Idaho, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Idaho is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.7%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Idaho is 18:1, and the school has 48.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Idaho include: Psychology, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Foreign Languages and Literatures, General; General Studies; and Mechanical Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 4%
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 3%
General Studies 3%
Mechanical Engineering 3%

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Student Life

University of Idaho has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,928, with a gender distribution of 52.9 percent male students and 47.1 percent female students. At this school, 39 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 61 percent of students live off campus. University of Idaho is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,420
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Idaho offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Idaho also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Idaho, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Idaho.

Students who have cars on campus 40%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Idaho, 65.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,649.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,524 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,600 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,034 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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