Science & Engineering Profile

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


Fast Facts
•Students from every state and 79 countries
Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
Location: Moscow, Idaho, with educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, and Idaho Falls; a research and Extension center in Twin Falls; plus Extension offices in 42 counties
Founded: 1889
Total enrollment: More than 12,000
Undergraduate majors: 93
Research: Over $100 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: 24
- Average SAT combined: 1054
- 52% men and 48% women
- 36% first generation
- 2.3% international



•#1 among four-year Idaho public institutions in mid-career earnings, with alumni earning a median salary of $91,700 per year

— PayScale College
Salary Report 2017–2018


•U of I College of Law ranked #8 in the nation by preLaw magazine, based on the percentage of graduates who pass the bar, employment rate, tuition, cost
of living, and debt level upon graduation

preLaw magazine


•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


•According to Peterson’s Class of 2016 data, U of I ranked among the nation’s top 185 public universities for lowest average student loan debt 

— LendEdu


•Ranks above all four-year Idaho public institutions for graduation rate and average graduate salary, yet is second-lowest for cost and nearly $2,600 below the annual national median for four-year public universities

— US Department of Education
College Scorecard


•U of I’s Alternative Service Break (ASB) program, which connects students with service projects around the region and the world, ranked as the nation’s top ASB program for 2017

— Break Away

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.

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.

U of I is one of 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 educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, and Idaho Falls; a research and Extension center in Twin Falls; plus Extension offices in 42 counties. 

The Department of Student Involvement connects students to leadership opportunities in student government (Associated Students University of Idaho), socializing and learning, volunteerism, and social action. With more than 200 clubs and organizations, 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
Career Services provides services and resources students need to explore career options, get relevant experience, and make connections with potential employers.

Hire a Vandal, powered by Handshake, 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 drive time from Moscow. 

Campus life
U of I provides a thriving residential campus, where living on campus is cost effective and provides the experience of a lifetime! Students develop socially and emotionally through interactions with diverse individuals. Beyond the classroom, students can enjoy nationally recognized recreational opportunities, Division I athletics, world-renowned performances, and lectures. 

With more than 125 years of experience educating nearly 20,000 engineers, U of I’s 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 of Engineering’s accredited programs are recognized by the National Academy of Engineers as being among the best in the nation. 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 U of I 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 members are 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
U of I fosters a dynamic and vibrant undergraduate research community, where opportunities for discovery are abundant and diverse. Many of our students are in the lab within their first semester on campus.

Students can go as far as their drive takes them—conducting formal research, capturing and reporting on personal discoveries, and working with their advisors. Research opportunities are countless on and off campus.