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Idaho State University Data & Information Overview

94 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
6% Student Loan Default Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Idaho State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Idaho State University Ranked?

#1,275 Best Colleges in Nation
#6 Best Colleges in ID
Nuclear Engineering Technology Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Idaho State University was awarded 94 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nuclear engineering technology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked ISU as #1,275 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ISU held the #2,076 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 10 colleges in Idaho, ISU is ranked at #6.

See all of the rankings for Idaho State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ISU?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Idaho State University 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 Idaho State University admissions.

Idaho State University Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
95% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Idaho State University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Idaho State University is 95%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  95 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Idaho State University

63% Freshmen Retention
14% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Idaho State University is 63%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  63 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at ISU is 14%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  14 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Idaho State University.

Idaho State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,617 Full-Time Undergraduates
22.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,575 undergraduates at ISU with 5,617 being full-time and 3,958 being part-time.

How Much Does Idaho State University Cost?

$17,410 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
$20,420 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ISU is $17,410. 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 ISU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,185 $16,214 $18,464 $20,408 $20,652

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 ISU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At ISU, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $5,105 a year. That adds up to $20,420 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ISU is 5.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do ISU Graduates Make?

$42,101 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from ISU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,101 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Idaho State University make the most money.

Location of Idaho State University

Idaho State
5,617 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Idaho State University is a public institution situated in Pocatello, Idaho. The city atmosphere of Pocatello makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for ISU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 921 S 8Th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-2700

Idaho State University Majors

112 Majors With Completions
1,834 Undergraduate Degrees
645 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 112 majors graduated from Idaho State University. Of these students, 1,834 received undergraduate degrees and 645 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 143 $58,126
Health Sciences & Services 74 $37,327
General Biology 69 $22,853
Liberal Arts General Studies 67 $27,180
Business Administration & Management 63 $38,968
Dental Support Services 62 $47,633
General Psychology 59 $25,549
Accounting 45 $32,458
Teacher Education Grade Specific 43 $35,356
Teacher Education Subject Specific 41 $35,192

Learn more about the majors offered at Idaho State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ISU

65% Take At Least One Class Online
22% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 7,623 students took at least one online class at Idaho State University. This is an increase from the 6,411 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,623 2,620
2018-2019 6,411 1,908
2017-2018 5,823 1,620
2016-2017 5,916 1,594
2015-2016 5,806 1,531

Learn more about online learning at Idaho State University.

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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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