College of Western Idaho Overview
College of Western Idaho is a public institution located in Nampa, Idaho. CWI is located in the countryside, which is perfect for students who enjoy a rural lifestyle.
What Is College of Western Idaho Known For?
- The undergraduate certificate is the highest award offered at CWI.
- In 2017-2018, 39% of the faculty were full-time.
College of Western Idaho Rankings
CWI is ranked #3 out of 12 schools in Idaho.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CWI.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards CWI has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other Schools||College Factual|
|#9||Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government||College Factual|
|#29||Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences||College Factual|
|#79||Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||College Factual|
|#83||Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences||College Factual|
|#93||Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing||College Factual|
Where Is College of Western Idaho?
Contact details for CWI are given below.
|Address:||5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, ID 83687|
How Do I Get Into CWI?
You can apply to CWI online at: https://cwi.edu/future-students/applying-cwi
Can I Afford College of Western Idaho?
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CWI, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $3,552 a year. That adds up to $14,208 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at CWI is 13.9%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.
College of Western Idaho Undergraduate Student Diversity
Of the 2,895 full-time undergraduates at CWI, 47% are male and 53% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of College of Western Idaho students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||75|
|Hispanic or Latino||517|
Online Learning at College of Western Idaho
The following chart shows how the online learning population at CWI has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 4th most popular in Idaho for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Growth Rankings of CWI
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at College of Western Idaho was 20.4%. This is the #1,058 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CWI regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CWI majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Business, Management & Marketing||2%|
|Geography & Cartography||25%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||2%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||63%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||63%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CWI ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CWI.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Political Science & Government||#46|
|Geography & Cartography||#54|
|Philosophy & Religious Studies||#80|
|Business Support & Assistant Services||#148|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#416|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
College of Western Idaho Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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