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Idaho State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Idaho State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Idaho State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Idaho State University was awarded 14 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked ISU as #1,043 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ISU held the #1,102 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

ISU also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Idaho ranking.

See all of the rankings for Idaho State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ISU?

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into Idaho State University, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

Learn more about Idaho State University admissions.

Idaho State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Idaho State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Idaho State University is 94%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  94 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Idaho State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Idaho State University is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at ISU is 13%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  13 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Idaho State University.

Average Overall Diversity at ISU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,557 undergraduates at ISU with 6,279 being full-time and 4,278 being part-time.

ISU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

ISU scored 55.10 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  55.10 out of 100
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How Much Does Idaho State University Cost?

The overall average net price of ISU is $16,689. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ISU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,507 $15,428 $17,674 $19,358 $19,592

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ISU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 ISU, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $6,128 a year. That adds up to $24,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ISU is 7.3%. 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.

Get more details about paying for Idaho State University.

How Much Money Do ISU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from ISU make about $35,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 12% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Idaho State University make the most money.

Location of Idaho State University

Located in Pocatello, Idaho, Idaho State University is a public institution. Pocatello is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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

Idaho State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 95 majors graduated from Idaho State University. Of these students, 1,709 received undergraduate degrees and 610 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 135 $57,500
Teacher Education Subject Specific 78 $32,300
Business Administration & Management 74 $39,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 63 $23,100
Health Sciences & Services 53 $34,400
General Psychology 53 $27,200
General Biology 48 $24,300
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 42 $52,000
Mechanical Engineering 42 $55,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 39 $32,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Idaho State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ISU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 5,823 students took at least one online class at Idaho State University. This is a decrease from the 5,916 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,823 1,620
2016-2017 5,916 1,594
2015-2016 5,806 1,531
2014-2015 5,752 1,476
2013-2014 6,022 1,399

Learn more about online learning at Idaho State University.

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