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Science & Engineering 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, the 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 the official student body government (Associated Students University of Idaho, ASUI), socializing, learning, volunteerism, and social action. With more than 200 intramural sports and 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 career: 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 an 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.


With more than 125 years of experience educating over 20,000 engineers, the College of Engineering delivers exceptional learning and research opportunities to students in a wide range of innovative fields, including Robotics, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, Biomedical Technology, Aerospace, Sustainability, and many more. Tomorrow’s engineering leaders are educated in the fundamentals through a rigorous mix of lectures, laboratory work, and innovative real-world team projects. The College’s accredited programs have been recognized by the National Academy of Engineers as one of the top in the nation for infusing real-world experiences into engineering design education. Notable graduates include mechanical engineer Tom Mueller, co-founder of SpaceX, the first privately funded organization to send a liquid-propellant rocket into orbit.


The College of Science offers undergraduate and graduate study in the fields of Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics.

Faculty include world-class researchers who do groundbreaking work, and students have the opportunity to share in that excitement. Whether in the laboratory, in field work, or in the classroom, students are engaged in active learning of science and scientific principles.


Undergraduate research
The University fosters a dynamic and vibrant undergraduate research community. Opportunities are abundant and diverse. Many of our students are in the lab within the first semester of being on campus.

If you are motivated and have the drive and ambition to conduct formal research, capture and report on your findings, and work with your advisor, you’ll find many research opportunities on campus.



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 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: 24
- Average SAT combined: 1051 
- 51% men and 49% women
- 36% first generation
- 2.3% international



• UI is #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,


• UI Law School​ has been ranked #8 among the best value law schools in the US, based on percentage of grads who pass the Bar Exam, employment rate, tuition, and more.

PreLaw Magazine, 2016


• UI is 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


• UI ranked in the top 50 schools in the West as having the “Best Bang for Your Buck.”

USA Today


• UI ranks above all four-year Idaho public institutions for graduation rate and average graduate salary, yet has lower tuition.

US Department of Education College Scorecard 


• UI is on the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service and is 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.