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2023 Best Colleges in Idaho

10 Colleges
$43,237 Avg Salary*
30% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Top Idaho Colleges ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 10 colleges and universities across Idaho to determine which were the best in terms of overall quality. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as graduation rate, post graduate earnings, and a school's average expenditure per student - to make this determination.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

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We've developed a number of other tools and rankings to help you make your college decision. Start by filtering this list by location or field of study and then explore our other rankings that feature schools great for different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

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Top Colleges in Idaho

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

Our analysis found Boise State University to be the best school for overall quality in Idaho in this year’s ranking.Boise, Idaho is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,898 students in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Boise State make an average of $43,100 a year.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Idaho helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Idaho. BYU - I is located in Rexburg, Idaho and has a large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 7,639 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from BYU - I go into careers with an average salary of $49,281 during the early years of their career.

Full Brigham Young University - Idaho Report

#3

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Idaho. The school came in at #3 in Idaho on this year’s overall quality ranking. Located in Moscow, Idaho, the fairly large public school handed out 2,566 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 4.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from U of I make an average of $48,272 a year.

Full University of Idaho Report

#4

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges in Idaho list means The College of Idaho is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. The College of Idaho is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Caldwell, Idaho. It awarded 271 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 3.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from The College of Idaho go into careers with an average salary of $45,431 during the early years of their career.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwest Nazarene University. It ranked #5 on our 2023 Best Colleges in Idaho list. NNU is located in Nampa, Idaho and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 609 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from NNU make an average of $47,908 a year.

Full Northwest Nazarene University Report

#6

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University landed the #6 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Idaho ranking. ISU is a public institution located in Pocatello, Idaho. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,831 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from ISU make an average of $42,101 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Idaho State University Report

#7

North Idaho College

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

With a ranking of #7, North Idaho College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Idaho list. NIC is a public institution located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,469 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,382 during the early years of their career..

Full North Idaho College Report

#8

Lewis - Clark State College

Lewiston, Idaho

Lewis - Clark State College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges in Idaho list. Lewis - Clark State College is a small public school located in Lewiston, Idaho that handed out 868 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Lewis - Clark State College make an average of $41,741 a year.

Full Lewis - Clark State College Report

#9

College of Western Idaho

Nampa, Idaho

College of Western Idaho did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Idaho ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Nampa, Idaho, the fairly large public school handed out 2,384 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

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#10

College of Southern Idaho

Twin Falls, Idaho

College of Southern Idaho ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges in Idaho list. College of Southern Idaho is located in Twin Falls, Idaho and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 1,251 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from College of Southern Idaho make an average of $34,914 per year during the early years of their career.

Full College of Southern Idaho Report

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 10 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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