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University of Idaho

University of Idaho Rating: 4.5/5 (30 votes)

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Academics

The University of Idaho is a great college for rugged individualists who prefer to complete their higher education in a traditional community in a rural area. The spirit of the Mountain West is one of independence and for students who are of this mindset, the University of Idaho

Located on a large rural campus in the northern region of Idaho, the University of Idaho would actually be one of the sparsely populated state’s largest cities if its more than 12,000 students, approximately 700 faculty and 1,500 staff were counted as a town.

The University of Idaho offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 116 majors offered by the school’s 10 colleges, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Art and Architecture, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Graduate Studies, the College of Law, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and the College of Science. The university also offers master’s degrees, specialist degrees and doctoral programs.

The University of Idaho has had many good reviews from a variety of sources. In 2009, the Princeton Review included it among its list of 368 best colleges, in which only 15 percent of the colleges in the U.S. were included. The university also has been ranked among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The university gets high marks for “value,” meaning that it offers a high quality education to students for a reasonable price.

Research is a big part of the University of Idaho’s mission. The university has world-class lab facilities and offers wide access to students to make use of these resources. The college receives about $100 million in research funding each year and recently was awarded a $10 million grant from the NIH.

The University of Idaho has some very well-regarded programs. True to its rural roots, the university’s forestry, agriculture and engineering programs are among its most respected offerings. The University of Idaho also has Idaho’s only law school.

The college’s engineering program is well-respected and an almost-guarantee of a job after college. University of Idaho students average about 30 percent higher scores on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam that the U.S. national average.

The university’s largest program in terms of students is its education program. The engineering and business schools are also large programs at the school.

Students have to be real self-starters to get the full benefit of the University of Idaho, and should pay careful attention to their course selections and majors to get the right classes. One frequent criticism of the college is its academic advising program.

The University of Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which accredits colleges and universities in the states of Alaska, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Washington. The commission accredits more than 150 colleges and universities in this region.

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Admissions

The University of Idaho’s admission deadline for new students is Feb. 1. Transfer students starting in the spring have an admission deadline of Sept. 1.

The University of Idaho has a sliding scale of minimum high school GPA and SAT score entrance requirements. Typically, the higher your GPA, the lower your SAT/ACT score can be, and vice versa. For example, students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or above can be admitted with any SAT or ACT score. Students with an SAT score of 1070 or higher or ACT score of 23 or higher can have a relatively low GPA of 2.2 to 2.29 and still gain admission.

Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on college level work to be admitted to the university. Transfers applying to the engineering school must have a 2.8 GPA.

All students applying to the university must pay an application fee, which was $50 as of April 2011.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the University of Idaho are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Idaho, the university and other organizations that students may be eligible for.

The Go Idaho and Access Idaho scholarship program is designed to award scholarships to high achieving high school seniors. The program is divided into gold and silver programs based on students’ high school GPA. The awards programs are renewable over four years of college provided that students keep a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college work.

The Discover Idaho scholarship program is designed for residents of other states. This program offers a renewable scholarship to out-of-state residents who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.6 to 4.0.

The university’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.

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Students

Idaho is considered a conservative state and that conservatism is reflected in the student body, although the university is one of the more liberal areas of the state (and as such there is a strong contingent of more liberal-minded faculty and students.)

The campus is a rural land-grant university, and as such has a very large campus. It’s also very close to Washington State University, which is located just eight miles away. The two institutions have a unique relationship that allow students to take cooperative courses at either campus.

Many University of Idaho students choose to live on campus. Many residence halls have unique identities and personalities, for example the Tower has 11 stories of housing and is limited to freshmen, while other halls are populated exclusively by students in a particular school (education, engineering, agriculture).

The university also has a very active Greek community with 16 fraternities and 10 sororities. Greek organizations have their own houses.

The student body is fairly homogenous, as only about 17 percent of the student body is comprised of minorities.

There is not a lot to do in the small town of Moscow, where the university is located, so campus life is important to students. There are a wide variety of campus organizations students can participate in, and the school has a yearly Palousafest that showcases all of the various clubs and organizations on campus.

The center of the campus is the Idaho Candlewalk Commons, which contains many businesses and gathering places for students, and offers many conveniences. The commons contains bagel shops, coffee shops, a credit union, convenience store and more. It also offers wireless Internet access.

The university’s student recreation center has an enviable gym, which offers a variety of physical activities to students who want to work out.

The University of Idaho campus is extremely scenic, and for outdoorsy students this arrangement is ideal. The nearby rivers, lakes and mountains offer nature-loving students a wide variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors in rural Idaho.

One noteworthy attraction is the line of rare Camperdown elm trees that line the path between the administration and music buildings. These trees are “upside” down in appearance and are a unique attraction of the Idaho campus.

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Athletics

The University of Idaho’s sports teams are known as the Idaho Vandals. The university participates in NCCA Division 1 sports and fields teams in men’s and women’s basketball, golf, tennis, cross-country, and track. The football team is all-male. The university fields women’s teams in volleyball, soccer, and swimming. Team colors are silver and gold, in deference to the state’s mining past.

In recent years, Vandals have had mixed luck in athletics, but there have been some bright spots, including having Vandals athletes compete in the Olympics. In 2004, Joachim Olsen, a former university student, got a bronze medal in the Olympics in the shot put.

University of Idaho teams are in a number of rivalries with other colleges, including a notable rivalry with Boise State University.

Traditions

The university was founded in 1892 and over that time a number of traditions have developed at the school.

The “Hello” walk is a well-traveled pathway on campus and cuts through a number of university landmarks. Named for former president Alfred Upham, who insisted on saying “hello” to everyone he saw while walking the path, which led to his house (now occupied by the Campus Christian Center) and the habit was adopted by students and faculty.

The traditional rivalry with Boise State is strong, and each year before the annual game between the school’s two football teams, this rivalry shows its colors with an “anti-BSU” t-shirt campaign. This rivalry may be jeopardized by Boise State’s recent joining to another athletic conference.

Additional School Information

Famous alumni of the University of Idaho include Sarah Palin and Jack Lemley, who was the construction manager of the Chunnel, an underground tunnel that connects England and France.

The university has a unique steam plant, which burns woodchips to provide heat to university buildings. As a result of the generation of heat by the plant, the university’s walkways are kept free of ice by steam pipes running beneath them, a real plus in cold Idaho winters.

Bibliography

The College Board College Handbook, 2010 . 47th ed. New York: College Board, 2009. Print.

McGrath, Anne. Ultimate college guide 2010 . 7th ed. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Inc., 2009. Print.

" University of Idaho." University of Idaho. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.uidaho.edu/>.

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Ranks 2nd in Idaho and 405th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 9 0.07
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 30 0.24
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 39 0.32

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 110 0.46
Larceny 591 2.46
Vehicle theft 15 0.06

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1601

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1128th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,534 $4,534 $17,610
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,990 $1,990 $1,990
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $326 $326 $980
FT Graduate Tuition $5,596 $5,596 $18,672
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,990 $1,990 $1,990
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $422 $422 $1,148
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,598 $19,598 $32,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,598 $19,598 $32,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,712 $11,712 $24,788

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $5,596 $18,672
Law Degree — Required Fees $10,178 $10,178

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,856 $6,212 $5,856 $6,212 $18,376 $19,000
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,474(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,304 $7,682
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,466 $4,332
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,304 $7,682
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,466 $4,332
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,064 $5,930

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,455 (3,651 male / 3,804 female)
Admitted 4,894 (2,449 male / 2,445 female)
Admission rate 66%
First-time Enrollment 1,643 (854 male / 789 female)
FT Enrollment 1,613 (837 male / 776 female)
PT Enrollment 30 (17 male / 13 female)
Total Enrollment12,024

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Western Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

459th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 71%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

505th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 51%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,246
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 94 27 159 33 15 2,283 65 2,741
Accounting 7 3 2 1 46 60
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 2 33 37
Advertising 1 1 3 29 34
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 9 1 12
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 7 8
Agricultural Economics 4 7 11
Agricultural Mechanization, General 13 2 15
Agricultural Teacher Education 11 1 13
Agriculture, General 1 1
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture 2 2
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1
Animal Sciences, General 1 1 32 1 37
Anthropology 2 2 1 28 1 35
Apparel and Textiles, General 1 1 24 26
Applied Mathematics, General 1 8 1 10
Applied and Professional Ethics
Archeology 1 1
Architecture 4 1 8 2 71 2 88
Art Teacher Education 1 1 3 5
Art/Art Studies, General 2 6 8
Athletic Training/Trainer 11 11
Biochemistry 5 5
Bioinformatics 2 2
Biological/Biosystems Engineering 2 5 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 6 2 39 1 49
Business Administration and Management, General 4 19 23
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics 1 7 1 9
Chemical Engineering 2 1 17 20
Chemistry, General 1 2 12 15
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 7 10
Civil Engineering, General 2 6 1 40 1 52
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 1 6 7
Computer Science 2 1 2 19 2 26
Conservation Biology 20 2 23
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 5 7
Creative Writing 2 1 31 36
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Curriculum and Instruction 1 34 3 38
Dance, General 3 1 4
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 2 31 2 36
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 19 2 22
Economics, General 1 2 3 6
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 62 4 69
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 11 2 4 1 40 1 61
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 70 72
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other 2 1 1 7 11
English Language and Literature, General 2 16 18
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 3
Entomology 1 3 4
Environmental Education 1 14 2 17
Environmental Science 2 1 1 1 53 1 63
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 1 4 7
Finance, General 3 1 1 24 30
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 28 31
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 18 18
Food Science 1 7 8
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 2 1 32 36
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 5 17 1 23
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 23 23
Forest Sciences and Biology 22 22
French Language and Literature 2 2
General Studies 2 10 3 1 78 4 104
Geography 2 2 29 3 36
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 31 32
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
History, General 1 2 38 1 44
Horticultural Science 5 5
Human Development and Family Studies, General 2 39 1 43
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 8 3 37 1 49
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 8 8
Industrial Technology/Technician 12 12
Integrated Circuit Design 1 1
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies 2 7 12 1 22
Interior Design 13 1 14
International Relations and Affairs 1 2 34 1 41
Journalism 17 1 18
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 37 1 41
Landscape Architecture 3 1 18 1 24
Latin American Studies 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 13 13
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 4 1 39 46
Materials Engineering 7 5 12
Mathematics, General 2 1 11 14
Mechanical Engineering 2 5 74 82
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiology, General 2 18 20
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 1 20 1 22
Molecular Biology 1 6 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 5 6
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1 2
Music Management
Music Performance, General 1 16 19
Music Teacher Education 1 10 11
Music Theory and Composition 3 4
Music, General 1 11 1 14
Musical Theatre 1 1
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism 10 10
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 1 41 1 45
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Neuroscience
Nuclear Engineering 1 16 1 18
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 1 21 26
Organizational Communication, General 1 1 7 10
Organizational Leadership
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1 1 21 2 26
Philosophy 14 15
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 8 9
Physical Sciences
Physics, General 3 9 1 13
Plant Sciences, General 2 2 4
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 22 26
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 9 10
Psychology, General 1 2 15 3 154 5 186
Public Administration 1 1 6 8
Public Relations/Image Management 1 1 1 21 25
Radio and Television 4 4
Range Science and Management 1 11 13
School Psychology 8 8
Secondary Education and Teaching 5 32 1 38
Sociology 2 11 2 37 2 55
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 3 3
Spanish Language and Literature 2 4 6
Special Education and Teaching, General 6 7
Statistics, General 2 1 7 10
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 9 11
Technical Teacher Education 1 12 1 14
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Voice and Opera 1 1
Water Resources Engineering 1 10 12
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 18 20
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology 1 3 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1055th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,036 ($78,180 male / $61,743 female)
Number of FT Faculty 546 (351 male / 195 female)
Number of PT Faculty 734
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $25,811,205

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