Why This Matters

  • 6 TWO-YEAR INSTITUTIONS GRANTING ASSOCIATE DEGREES IN IDAHO

    According to College Navigator, there are six institutions that offer two-year associate degree programs in Idaho.

  • $4,199 AVERAGE IN-DISTRICT TUITION & FEES

    Data from College Board shows that the average Idaho resident paid a total of $4,199 in tuition at public, in-district community colleges.

  • 452,493 COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID

    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that, during the 2019-20 school year, 80.6% of students attending two-year institutions in the United States relied on some type of financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best community colleges in Idaho. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others 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 the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a reputable organization that examines objectives, quality and overall effectiveness of education programs in the northwestern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

The Top 5 Community Colleges in Idaho

Best Community Colleges In Idaho Badge 2023
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Intelligent Pick
College of Eastern Idaho
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Best for Dual Credit
College of Southern Idaho
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Most Flexible
College of Western Idaho
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Best for Workforce Training
North Idaho College
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Most Innovative Curriculum
The College of Idaho

What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Idaho

As you review your community college options, keep in mind your career and salary goals. Data from 2021 shows that the five highest-paying careers for associate degree holders in Idaho were air traffic controllers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, electrical and electronics drafters, and engineering technologists.

Associate degree holders looking for a job should consider fields that typically have high availability. The occupations projected to have the most annual job openings over the next 10 years in Idaho are forest and conservation technicians, dental hygienists, paralegals, preschool teachers (excluding special education), and architectural and civil drafters.

Job seekers in Idaho may want to avoid careers that are expected to decline over the upcoming decade. The occupations expected to experience a substantial drop in employment for associate degree holders include broadcast technicians and air traffic controllers.

What’s Next?

While preparing for community college, it’s important to consider the financial aid opportunities available to you. To help associate degree students find funding, we’ve put together a list of federal and state resources that show you the different grants and scholarships available in Idaho.

  • Idaho State Department of Education. The Idaho State Department of Education supports students pursuing higher education by providing information about state scholarships and grants.
  • Federal Student Aid. Every year, over $120 billion in scholarships, grants, and loans is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Students can determine their eligibility by visiting the FAFSA4caster and apply by filling out the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop is a useful resource sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After accessing the site, users can find scholarships by filtering searches by degree level and location. The site also offers details about different award amounts, qualification requirements, and application deadlines for each scholarship opportunity.