The University of Idaho is a place where breakthroughs happen; where students discover what’s next for themselves, the world, and all its possibilities.
• Students from every state and 73 countries
• Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
• Location: Moscow, Idaho, with educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls; nine Research and Extension Centers; and Extension offices in 42 counties.
• Founded: 1889
• Total enrollment: 11,800+
• Undergraduate majors: 93
• Research: Over $109.5 million annually (classified by Carnegie Foundation as higher 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: 23
- Average SAT combined: 1114
- 51% men and 49% women
- 28% first generation
- 2% international
• One of “America’s Best Value Colleges” based on quality, alumni earnings, debt level upon graduation, net price, and graduation rate
•Among the top 25 “Best Outdoor Colleges” in America
— Best Value Schools
• One of America’s top 100 public schools based on student success, innovative research, and public service
— U.S. News & World Report
• Most beautiful college campus in Idaho
— Travel + Leisure and Buzzfeed
• Ranked among “America’s Best Colleges for Your Money”
— Money magazine
A nationally acclaimed research university, U of I offers exceptional opportunities to explore the unknownand solve perplexing puzzles in nature, agriculture, art, business, health, education, and more. U of I studentslearn while doing research that matters alongside some of the world’s bestminds in out-of-the-box areas, like videogame design, memory loss, metal sculpting, tree-ring science, and glacial melting.
With 93 bachelor’s, 79 master’s, and 33 doctoral degrees—including a top-ranked Law program—U of I prepares students for career success in jobs they love and that pay them back. Recognized by Business Insider as the “Most Affordable College” in Idaho, the University is well known for providing one of the highest educational values in the nation.
U of I is Idaho’s only land-grant university and one of only 76 such institutions nationwide. The main campus is in Moscow, Idaho, with educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls; nine Research and Extension centers; and Extension offices in 42 counties.
With more than 200 clubs and organizations at U of I, students grow their interests and discover new passions while forming friendships and creating change. A student might lead a campus cleanup through the Environmental Club, rebuild a struggling community during a service trip to Nicaragua, or share cultural traditions as part of the Native American Student Association or the Organización de Estudiantes Latino Americanos.
Succeed with support
At U of I, students get the personal support they need to thrive while learning, stay mentally and emotionally healthy, and make new friends. With over 11,800 students from all 50 states and 73 different countries, the University is a safe, welcoming community that embraces all backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures.
At U of I, students are free to explore career paths, and along the way, some realize the best jobs are the ones theycreate themselves. Students get support and resources that help them find their dream careers, gain practical job experience, and make connections with potential employers. Each student works with a career advisorto find a major, polish their résumé, find internships, and navigate the job market. Hire a Vandal, a tool powered by Handshake, helps students kick-start their careers with job and internship postings, workshops, job fairs, and even practice dinners to teach the art of dining etiquette.
This high level of support helps U of I students achieve career success. In fact, PayScale reports that U of I graduates earn a median mid-career salary of $95,200 per year—the highest among graduates from any four-year university in Idaho.
Tucked between forested mountains and a rolling green prairie, the U of I campus in Moscow—a friendly community recognized by CollegeSnacks as the “Best College Town in Idaho”—is surrounded by four seasons of outdoor adventure. Students unwind in nature with an afternoon hike or ride along Paradise Creek and find thrills on weekend trips to Idaho’s famed whitewater rivers or rugged backcountry. For big-city fun, Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are just an hour-and-a-half drive from Moscow.
U of I’s beautiful residential campusputs students at the center of the classic college experience. Whether students live in a residence hall or Greek house, they are surrounded by action and within steps of NCAA Division I athletic events, the award-winning Student Recreation Center, the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, dining and coffee shops, live shows and concerts, and many other campus activities that define the quintessential life of a college student.
Make a difference
U of I students explore their purpose through meaningful service experiences in Idaho and across the globe. In 2017–2018, the University partnered with 87 agencies to offer 104 courses that combined classroom learning with service projects that met community needs, and nearly 2,000 students volunteered over 63,800 hours.
Through these courses, students build practical professional skills and grow their perspectives while improving communities and making people’s lives better. Students have enhanced tools for K-12 education locally and abroad, solved engineering problems, designed community centers, and removed 98 tons of trash from Idaho’s wilderness, among many other projects.
U of I students also learn to become active, engaged citizens through the Department of Student Involvement and Center for Volunteerism and Social Action. It begins on day one with the Serving Your New Community (SYNC) program, in which 1,000 incoming students spend their first Saturday at U of I doing service projects in their new community. Students also get involved with campus-wide service events such as Saturday of Service or Make a Difference Day and other volunteer opportunities that occur on campus and in the local community.
Alternative Service Breaks (ASBs) are another popular way U of I students give back to the world. Through the ASB program, students trade a weekend or winter, spring, or summerbreak for the chance to do good inunderserved communities across theUnited States and abroad. In recentyears, students have served in Nicaragua, Ecuador, the Philippines, and around the Pacific Northwest, where they’ve installed solar panels to provide electricity to homes for the firsttime, taught English to refugees new to the United States, planted trees to reduce pollution, and more.