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Undergrad Profile

As a nationally recognized research university and the state’s flagship institution, the University of Idaho draws upon its research strengths and facilities to offer innovative undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs. 

Committed to student success and academic excellence, University of Idaho leads in teaching and engaged learning and delivers one of the best educational values in the Pacific Northwest. 

The University is one of only 72 national land-grant research universities founded to ensure all citizens have access to a high-quality education. 

The main campus is located in Moscow, Idaho, with centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls.

The Department of Student Involvement connects students to leadership opportunities in student government (Associated Students University of Idaho, ASUI), socializing and learning, volunteerism, and social action. With more than 200 clubs, there are options for every interest, from the Environmental Club, Photo Club, and Engineers Without Borders to the Golden Key Honor Society, Native American Student Association, and Organización de Estudiantes Latino Americanos.

Succeed with support
From tutoring and advising to counseling and peer mentoring, students have personalized academic, emotional, and social support to help them reach their fullest potential—in and outside the classroom. 

Career help
The Career Center provides services and resources students need to explore options, get experience, and make connections with potential employers. 

Vandal Career Connection provides everything students need to kick-start their careers—job and internship postings, workshops, job fairs, and even practice dinners to teach the art of dining etiquette. Career advisors work with students to choose a major, polish their résumé, find internships, and navigate the job market.

Surrounding area
Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, and lakes of northern Idaho, the University of Idaho is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so beautiful it was featured in National Geographic. For a taste of the city, Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are just over an hour and a half’s drive from Moscow.

Campus life
With a thriving residential campus, living is cost-effective and provides the experience of a lifetime! Students develop socially and emotionally through interactions with diverse individuals. Walk to your classes and enjoy nationally recognized recreational opportunities, D-I athletics, and world-renowned performances and lectures.

Make a difference
Many opportunities are available to make a difference—both at the local and global level. Service learning is a teaching strategy that the University of Idaho participates in to integrate course content with relevant community service. Through assignments and class discussions, students reflect critically upon the service in order to increase their understanding of course content, gain a broader appreciation of the discipline, and enhance their sense of civic responsibility. With 110 service learning courses to choose from, students apply classroom study to engage in meaningful service that makes a real impact in communities throughout Idaho, the nation, and the world. 

Through partnerships with more than 160 community agencies, our students volunteer about 24,000 hours annually to service learning projects that have helped boost economies in rural towns. Student volunteers have enhanced tools for K-12 education locally and abroad, solved engineering problems for organizations, designed a community center, promoted charity events, improved sustainable practices on campus and in communities, removed 98 tons of trash from Idaho’s wilderness, and much more.

In addition, the Alternative Service Break (ASB) program gives students a chance to challenge themselves as leaders as they work to improve society. Students come together to help communities across the United States and internationally through service grounded in social justice issues such as rural and urban poverty, white flight, racism, domestic violence, access to housing and health care, homelessness, food insecurity, sustainability, education reform, and disaster recovery. 



Fast Facts

• Students from every state and 80 countries

• Student-faculty ratio: 16:1

• Location: Moscow, Idaho, with centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls

• Founded: 1889

• Total enrollment: 12,000

• Undergraduate majors: 85

• Research: $100 million annually (classified by Carnegie Foundation for high research activity)

• Nationally acclaimed Honors Program

• Nickname: Vandals

• Mascot: Joe Vandal

• Colors: Silver and gold

• Entering freshman academic profile:
- Average high school GPA: 3.4
- Average ACT composite: 24
- Average SAT combined: 1051 
- 51% men and 49% women
- 36% first generation
- 2.3% international


• #1 among four-year Idaho public institutions with a median salary of $84,800 per year for alumni in mid-career
PayScale College Salary Report 2015–2016


UI Law School set a school record with a national ranking of #111—a 16-slot increase from the previous year and second-highest jump in the nation
U.S. News & World Report 


The top “College That Pays You Back” among four-year Idaho public institutions based on stellar academics, affordable tuition, and graduate career prospects
— The Princeton Review


• Ranked in the top 50 schools in the West as having the “Best Bang for Your Buck”
USA Today


• Ranks above all four-year Idaho public institutions for graduation rate and average graduate salary yet has lower tuition
— U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard 


• On the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service, and one of only five institutions in the Pacific Northwest awarded “With Distinction” status

Division I Athletics


• Basketball

• Cross-Country

• Football

• Golf

• Tennis

• Track & Field



• Basketball

• Cross-Country

• Golf

• Soccer

• Swimming & Diving

• Tennis

• Track & Field

• Volleyball


Sports Clubs

Participate in competition against other clubs in the region from baseball and climbing to lacrosse, soccer, and water polo.


Intramural Sports

Compete or play recreational team sports with other students from across campus. Drawing 60–80 teams per season, the most popular sports include soccer, flag football, dodgeball, kickball, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee.