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Idaho State University Overview

Idaho State University is a public institution situated in Pocatello, Idaho. The city atmosphere of Pocatello makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Idaho State University Known For?

1,992 Undergraduate Awards
$30,051 Avg Cost After Aid
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at ISU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of the faculty were full-time.

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Idaho State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#47 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#482 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Teaching Assistants Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular East Asian Languages Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Romance Languages Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Environmental Control Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#119 Best Value Personal & Culinary Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Idaho State University?

Location of Idaho State University

Contact details for ISU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 921 S 8Th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-2700
Website: www.isu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idahostateu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/idahostateu

How Do I Get Into ISU?

You can apply to ISU online at: https://www.isu.edu/apply/

Idaho State University has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Idaho State University?

$30,051 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
7.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ISU is $30,051. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At ISU, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $5,469 a year. That adds up to $21,876 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ISU is 7.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Idaho State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,966 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,353 undergraduate students at ISU, with 5,966 being full-time and 4,387 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,049 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,966 full-time undergraduates at ISU, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  ISU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Idaho State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of ISU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 75
Black or African American 81
Hispanic or Latino 826
White 4,323
International Students 246
Other Races/Ethnicities 415

Geographic Diversity

Idaho students aren't the only ones who study at Idaho State University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 62 countries are represented at ISU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Idaho State University

1,620 Took All Classes Online
5,823 Took At Least One Class Online
3.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at ISU. In 2017-2018, 5,823 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 6th 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 ISU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Idaho State University was 3.7%. This is the #1,762 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at ISU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of ISU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Dental Support Services 8%
Health Professions 3%
Health Sciences & Services 22%
Human Resource Management 39%
Instructional Media Design 11%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at ISU 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 ISU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #13
Other Homeland Security #16
Communication Sciences #17
Dental Support Services #28
Fire Protection #40
Public Health #82
General Business/Commerce #142
Health & Medical Administrative Services #261
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #371
Nursing #387

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%.

Idaho State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 142 0 50 0 0 0 192
Nursing 0 25 0 119 0 1 17 162
Allied Health Professions 0 25 15 23 0 81 0 144
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 79 0 41 0 120
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 35 0 40 8 83
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 79 79
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 49 0 19 0 68
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 68 0 0 0 68
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 36 32 0 0 0 0 68
Accounting 0 0 2 35 0 29 0 66
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 52 11 0 0 0 0 63
General Psychology 0 0 0 56 0 5 0 61
General Biology 0 0 0 41 0 13 1 55
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 46 0 7 0 53
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 49 0 3 0 52
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 31 0 15 0 46
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 39 0 4 0 43
Precision Metal Working 0 9 32 1 0 0 0 42
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 25 0 14 2 41
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 37 0 2 0 39
Romance Languages 5 0 0 23 11 0 0 39
Dental Support Services 0 0 0 33 0 5 0 38
Marketing 0 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 30 0 6 0 36
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 34 0 0 0 0 34
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 9 25 34
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 10 8 15 0 0 0 33
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 14 18 0 0 0 0 32
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0 24 8 32
General English Literature 0 0 0 20 0 7 4 31
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 17 13 0 0 0 30
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Sociology 0 0 0 23 0 4 0 27
Social Work 0 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Computer Science 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Mechanical Engineering Technology 11 11 0 2 0 0 0 24
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 15 0 6 2 23
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 10 6 7 23
Cosmetology 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 22
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 1 13 7 21
Public Health 0 0 0 5 0 16 0 21
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 20
Human Development & Family Studies 0 6 13 1 0 0 0 20
History 0 0 0 16 0 4 0 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 11 0 8 1 20
Anthropology 0 0 0 15 0 3 0 18
Business Support & Assistant Services 6 6 5 0 0 0 0 17
General Business/Commerce 0 13 0 4 0 0 0 17
Physics 0 0 0 8 0 7 2 17
Criminal Justice & Corrections 6 9 1 0 0 0 0 16
Computer Systems Networking 0 8 6 0 0 0 0 14
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 13
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 5 8 0 0 0 0 13
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 0 5 8 0 0 0 0 13
Chemistry 0 0 0 6 0 5 0 11
Environmental Control Technology 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 10
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 10
American Sign Language 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 10
International Studies 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 9
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Civil Engineering Technology 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 7
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 7
Music 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Taxation 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Other Homeland Security 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 6
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5
Fire Protection 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 5
Special Education 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Germanic Languages 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 4
Legal Support Services 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 4
Mathematics 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4
Philosophy 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Homeland Security 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Statistics 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Economics 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Information Technology 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Dance 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zoology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building Management & Inspection 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carpentry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Native American Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Culinary Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 29 435 242 1,286 25 430 167 2,614

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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