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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?

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  • The student loan default rate at CWI is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at CWI is the associate's degree.
  • In <nil>, 39% of the faculty were full-time.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into CWI?

You can apply to CWI online at:

Since College of Western Idaho has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford College of Western Idaho?

72% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate

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 72% of students took out student loans averaging $3,509 a year. That adds up to $14,036 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CWI is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

College of Western Idaho Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,590 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,403 undergraduate students at CWI, with 2,590 being full-time and 7,813 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,590 full-time undergraduates at CWI, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 83
Black or African American 58
Hispanic or Latino 460
White 1,813
International Students 29
Other Races/Ethnicities 147

Online Learning at College of Western Idaho

2,406 Took All Classes Online
4,885 Took At Least One Class Online
20.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 4,885 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.


This school is the 5th most popular in Idaho for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

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.

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%.


*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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