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Last Updated: July 05, 2021

Idaho - Gem State

Despite a huge geographical area, Idaho houses just about 25 universities and colleges in all. Boise is not just the capital of the state but is also the largest metropolitan city and boasts the popular Boise State University, which has garnered national acknowledgment in the last few years for its remarkably blue-colored football field. Idaho is home to some of the esteemed universities/colleges where students can pursue their bachelor's, master's, and various other degree courses and certificate programs.
Most universities and colleges operate on a semester or quarterly basis, with their fall intake starting from September. It normally takes around 4-5 years to acquire a bachelor's degree while a master's degree can extend up to 2-3 years, depending upon the duration of the course.

Major cities in Idaho


Boise, being the capital, is the largest city in Idaho located in the southwestern part of the state. The city is an important cultural and economic center, opening doors to many work-related and educational opportunities.


Being the second-largest city located in the southwestern part, Meridian is home to 47 schools, offering an integrative system of learning. The city, founded in 1891, is known for its good quality lifestyle and affordable cost of living.


Nampa is a primary city of the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan area and is the third most populous in Idaho. Offering a rich blend of natural beauty and local history and culture, the city is home to some of the important enterprises such as the Union Pacific system, Mission Aviation Fellowship, American snacks, etc. The major thriving sectors in the city include manufacturing, agribusiness, technology, etc.


The city of Caldwell, located on the Boise River is a host to Albertson College of Idaho. Caldwell is famous for its wide network of recreational activities, offering opportunities for outsiders to unwind and explore. With its business-friendly climate, the city offers a good quality lifestyle and affordable living options.


Located in the southeastern part of the state, Pocatello is the fifth-largest city of Idaho, founded in 1889. The city is popularly known as a home to one of the leading institutions of the country - the Idaho State University.

Economy/Job Market

The economy of the state is mostly based on food processing, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and mining. Most of the big public universities and colleges here assist their students in finding course-related work to gain experience and may also offer internships or opportunities related to the work-study program. The major industries in the employment sector include food processing, mining, chemicals, tourism, science, and technology. The state of Idaho bears strong economic prospects and a competitive job market to keep the employment rates steady. According to 2021 Best State Rankings by the US News, Idaho stands at the number one position when it comes to economic growth and recovery.
To meet their financial needs, International students are also allowed to engage in on-campus job-related activities, working for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Optical Practical Training is also provided to F-1 International students, allowing them to work for a maximum of one year after the completion of their degree course. However, for students limited to the STEM field, the working period can be extended up to 2 years.

Tuition Fee and Cost of Living

The tuition fee of the student can vary depending upon the course and type of institution they are studying in. At the Idaho State University, for example, the undergraduate tuition fee for the residents of the state is roughly $9,000 (per year), apart from other additional expenses while the tuition fee for non-residents is around $28,000 per year. However, the universities or the federal/state government offers a list of scholarship grants for students to meet their monetary requirements.
Similarly, the cost of living can also vary from location to location and whether the students are looking for on-campus accommodations or not. Usually, the cost of living is low compared to the average living cost in the US.

List of few major universities/colleges

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


The state of Idaho offers a pool of outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, river sports, camping, etc. The spectacular scenery and the mild climate make it a perfect tourist destination. The state is famous for its State Capitol Building, national parks. monuments and adventurous opportunities to help students relax and rejuvenate their minds.

Universities & Colleges in Idaho

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Idaho (Moscow) 13956$9409 / $29272$10454 / $31363
Idaho State University (Pocatello) 14970$8363 / $26136$10454 / $28227
Boise State University (Boise) 32552$9409 / $26136$10454 / $28227
Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa) 7442$33454 / $33454$11499 / $11499
Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg) 43803$4181 / $4181$N/A / $N/A
Boise Bible College (Boise) 150$12545 / $12545$N/A / $N/A
Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston) 3633$8363 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
New Saint Andrews College (Moscow) 0$12545 / $12545$8363 / $8363
University of Phoenix-Idaho (Meridian) 97$11499 / $11499$16727 / $16727
Brown Mackie College-Boise (Boise) 270$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
The College of Idaho (Caldwell) 1001$33454 / $33454$19863 / $19863

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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