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University of Idaho Data & Information Overview

440 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
81% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Idaho Ranked?

#489 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in ID
Environmental Science Highest Ranked Major

2024 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.

University of Idaho was awarded 440 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is environmental science.

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Overall Quality

U of I landed the #489 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when U of I held the #652 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

U of I also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Idaho ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into U of I?

81% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Idaho is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 81%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to U of I submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 620. Math scores were between 490 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Idaho  ( 500 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Idaho  ( 490 to 600 )
U of I received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Idaho  ( 20 to 28 )

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University of Idaho Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
89% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, University of Idaho 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 University of Idaho is 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Idaho

75% Freshmen Retention
35% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Idaho enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from U of I have a four-year graduation rate of 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100

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

University of Idaho Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,323 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,366 undergraduates at U of I with 6,323 being full-time and 2,043 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Idaho Cost?

$13,964 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
$21,692 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of U of I is $13,964. 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 U of I

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,816 $11,148 $13,998 $17,652 $18,861

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 U of I, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 U of I, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $5,423 a year. That adds up to $21,692 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at U of I is 4.1%. 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.

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How Much Money Do U of I Graduates Make?

$48,272 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from U of I make around $48,272 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for U of I students since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Idaho

Idaho State
6,323 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
University of Idaho is a public institution situated in Moscow, Idaho. Moscow is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for U of I are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 875 Perimeter Drive Ms 2282, Moscow, ID 83844-2282
Phone: 888-884-3246

University of Idaho Majors

103 Majors With Completions
1,615 Undergraduate Degrees
633 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 103 majors graduated from University of Idaho. Of these students, 1,615 received undergraduate degrees and 633 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
General Psychology 110 $24,159
Teacher Education Grade Specific 85 $32,823
Public Relations & Advertising 72 $31,073
Mechanical Engineering 72 $60,687
Marketing 70 $40,532
Sociology 62 $27,619
Electrical Engineering 42 $66,060
Animal Science 40 $24,875
Forestry 40 $38,917
Accounting 38 $45,863

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

Online Learning at U of I

46% Take At Least One Class Online
12% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 5,174 students took at least one online class at University of Idaho. This is a decrease from the 7,039 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,174 1,329
2019-2020 7,039 1,274
2018-2019 3,770 1,021
2017-2018 3,755 1,004
2016-2017 3,647 926

Learn more about online learning at University of Idaho.

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Notes and 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.


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