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College of Western Idaho Overview

College of Western Idaho is a public institution located in Nampa, Idaho. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

What Is College of Western Idaho Known For?

1,800 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at CWI is the associate's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 41% of the faculty were full-time.

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College of Western Idaho Rankings

CWI holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Idaho ranking.

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.

CWI has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#45 Most Popular Online Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#148 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#332 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CWI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best General Biology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value General Biology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Social Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Geography & Cartography Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Value General Business/Commerce Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is College of Western Idaho?

Location of College of Western Idaho

Contact details for CWI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: 208-562-3000
Website: https://cwi.edu

How Do I Get Into CWI?

You can apply to CWI online at: https://cwi.edu/future-students/applying-cwi

As long as you submit the requested materials to College of Western Idaho when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford College of Western Idaho?

39% Take Out Loans
15.6% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CWI, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $4,044 a year. That adds up to $16,176 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CWI is 15.6%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

College of Western Idaho Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,951 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,580 undergraduate students at CWI, with 2,951 being full-time and 7,629 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CWI

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,951 full-time undergraduates at CWI, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CWI

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of College of Western Idaho students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CWI Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 82
Black or African American 73
Hispanic or Latino 572
White 2,019
International Students 30
Other Races/Ethnicities 175

Online Learning at College of Western Idaho

1,402 Took All Classes Online
3,728 Took At Least One Class Online
6.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,728 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CWI has changed over the last few years.

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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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of CWI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at College of Western Idaho was 6.8%. This is the #1,544 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
Criminal Justice & Corrections 8%
General Business/Commerce 27%
History 8%
History 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 15%
Philosophy 56%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 56%

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
Geography & Cartography #28
Political Science & Government #33
General English Literature #34
History #41
History #41
English Language & Literature #74
General Business/Commerce #117
Social Sciences #134
Criminal Justice & Corrections #264
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #301
Liberal Arts General Studies #325
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #325

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.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 200 214 414
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 166 26 60 252
Precision Metal Working 122 24 39 185
Information Technology 0 40 52 92
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 57 3 85
General Business/Commerce 0 79 0 79
Computer Software & Applications 12 24 19 55
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 18 11 25 54
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 16 34 50
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 31 18 49
Electronics Engineering Technology 22 21 0 43
General Biology 0 36 0 36
Allied Health Professions 0 18 15 33
General Psychology 0 30 0 30
Nursing 0 29 0 29
Computer Systems Networking 11 9 7 27
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 27 0 27
Communication & Media Studies 0 26 0 26
Political Science & Government 0 21 0 21
Dental Support Services 0 2 15 17
Sociology 0 17 0 17
Fine & Studio Arts 0 16 0 16
Human Development & Family Studies 3 10 0 13
American Sign Language 0 13 0 13
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 6 6 12
History 0 12 0 12
General English Literature 0 11 0 11
Horticulture 0 6 4 10
Accounting 0 10 0 10
Fire Protection 0 10 0 10
Natural Resources Conservation 0 9 0 9
Philosophy 0 9 0 9
Anthropology 0 8 0 8
Health Sciences & Services 0 7 0 7
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 6 0 6
Business Support & Assistant Services 2 2 2 6
Human Biology 0 6 0 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 5 0 5
Health & Physical Education 0 4 0 4
Geography & Cartography 0 3 0 3
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 2 0 2
General Engineering 0 2 0 2
Romance Languages 0 2 0 2
Marketing 0 1 0 1
Public Health 0 1 0 1
General Science Technologies/Technicians 0 1 0 1
Animal Science 0 0 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 381 906 513 1,800

References

*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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