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Why This Matters

  • 10 FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES IN IDAHO

    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Idaho include 5 public and 5 private non-profit options.

  • $8,178 AVERAGE IN-STATE TUITION & FEES

    Idaho is among the more affordable states in the nation for college, with students paying $8,178 on average for the 2022-23 school year.

  • $15,330 AVERAGE FINANCIAL AID

    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Idaho. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by either the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) or Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). These organizations examine the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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The Top 50 Colleges in Idaho

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Idaho

When deciding whether to attend college in Idaho, it’s important to consider whether the state’s employment opportunities fit your planned field of study. According to recent data, the five industries that employ the most people in the state include office and administrative support occupations, food preparation and serving, sales, transportation and material moving, and production.

Also, the five fastest-growing occupations in Idaho for those with bachelor’s degrees are preschool special education teachers, aerospace engineers, music directors and composers, therapists, and environmental engineers.

Idaho is home to several large employers across numerous industries. The largest employer in the state is Micron Technology Inc., which offers memory and storage solutions and employs approximately 8,000 people. Other large employers include Boise State University, Battelle Energy Alliance, St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, and the Idaho Department of Labor.

What’s Next?

Idaho has several agencies that help make higher learning more affordable. The following resources offer information on and access to financial aid, including loans, grants, and scholarships:

  • Idaho State Board of Education. This agency administers several college scholarship programs, including merit-based, need-based, and dependent scholarships.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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