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College of Western Idaho Data & Information Overview

160 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
10% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is College of Western Idaho Ranked?

#1,485 Best Colleges in Nation
#9 Best Colleges in ID
General Business/Commerce Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

College of Western Idaho was awarded 160 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business/commerce.

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Overall Quality

CWI landed the #1,485 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

CWI is also ranked #9 out of 10 schools in Idaho.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CWI?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

College of Western Idaho has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Learn more about College of Western Idaho admissions.

College of Western Idaho Faculty

20 to 1 Student to Faculty
38% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At College of Western Idaho, the student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of Western Idaho is 38%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  38 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of Western Idaho

57% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At College of Western Idaho this rate is 57%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  57 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at College of Western Idaho.

College of Western Idaho Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,895 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,200 undergraduates at CWI with 2,895 being full-time and 7,305 being part-time.

How Much Does College of Western Idaho Cost?

$7,682 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
$14,036 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CWI is $7,682. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CWI

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,101 $6,548 $8,907 $10,756 $11,474

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CWI, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CWI, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $3,509 a year. That adds up to $14,036 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CWI is 10.0%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do CWI Graduates Make?

Average Earnings Boost

Location of College of Western Idaho

Idaho State
2,895 Full-Time Undergraduates
Rural Campus Setting
College of Western Idaho is a public institution located in Nampa, Idaho. The rural area surrounding CWI is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

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Contact details for CWI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: 208-562-3000

College of Western Idaho Majors

50 Majors With Completions
932 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at College of Western Idaho along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CWI

47% Take At Least One Class Online
23% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 4,885 students took at least one online class at College of Western Idaho. This is a decrease from the 6,274 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 4,885 2,406
2019-2020 6,274 3,108
2018-2019 4,189 1,297
2017-2018 3,728 1,402
2016-2017 3,592 1,113

Learn more about online learning at College of Western Idaho.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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