About Idaho State University

Founded in 1901, Idaho State University. is a Public college. Located in Idaho, which is a city setting in Idaho, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 10,966 full time undergraduate students, and 1,950 full time graduate students.

The Idaho State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 582 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Idaho State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at ISU are considered , with ,26% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

59% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 28% were in the top quarter, and 10% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Idaho State University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Idaho State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    83 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    67 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    102 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    109 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    109 Students rated class size 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    109 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    110 Students rated local services 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    108 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Idaho State University?

47 Students rated Idaho State University

Danielle - 03/07/2023

Idaho State University has honestly helped me out so much, as a student that has been out of school for many years. The university offers a course called The Start Program, the program is to re-introduce potential students that are going back to, or starting college. The course helps introduce what college life is going to be like in Math, English, Technology, and College Success.

Kelsey - 09/02/2021

I love idaho state it has great academics and a great campus life. I love going to classes and spending time on campus when I can. There are plenty of opportunities to unite with fellow students and to engage in activities. They really encourage you to take part in all that you can while you are there and care about their students.

Carsyn - 04/30/2020

It is a fantastic university, and my choice of school. I look forward to my time participating in the music ensembles and watching the athletic events. Additionally, the professors are really easy to contact, and always answer questions promptly. Go Bengals!

Payden - 01/10/2020

It is a really good school and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to go to college. The school is very easy to get around and there programs are very good. The town that it is in is very friendly and clean. They welcome you with open arms and they also very helpful

Idaho State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Idaho State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Idaho State University is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Administrative laws, these deal with decisions by ministers, public bodies and civil servents and how they can be challenged. Obligation, is the duty one is bound to perform or suffer for not performing. Be objective, independent of anyone's individual point of view. Test and prove often to show the long-term ownership of yourself.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    I focused really hard on my grades in high school and didn't have much time for friends. I was married by the time I went to college so I didn't really associate much with my classmates there.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    the only thing i dont like about this school is the weather. the weather here is so unpredictable, its rediculous. it hardly rains, its windy all the time and a very dry cold atmosphere.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone that can afford something better should attend a school in a larger town than Pocatello, Idaho.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The type of person that should attend Idaho State University should be a relax, calm, easy going person. If you don't care how things are run or how many problems you run into then ISU is that place for you. If you want to learn with good teachers then ISU is also the place to be because of the wonderful professors that are working at Idaho State University.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    the people and the faculty. everyone here is willing to help each other and study work and other activities. the faculty is very conserned with you as an individual and helping you any way they can. everything that you need is really close to campus. theres a huge variety of things for students to do. its an all around great learning enviroment.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I like the academics of the school and the people at the school, but I dislike the location of the school.

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Open minded value driven aspiring to use this institution as a spring board to a higher level.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I really liked the campus and how most of the buildings on campus are spread out but are still close together so that you can walk everywhere on campus, which is what i do. I am not sure what is so unique about my school, i really liked everything about the school and the minute i was on a tour of the campus i knew that this was the school for me to go to. I love attending ISU and would never choose another school to go too.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Seriously what I wish I would have known is that ISU is really after the dollar. Advisors tell you anything you want to hear to get you to enroll and stay enrolled. Then they keep encouraging you to apply to a program, only to find out that because you don't work at a certain facility you aren't going to get into their program. Now you've spent all types of money, and that's why I'm transferring to a junior college and will get my BSN at a totally differen school.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I think the most frustrating and unavoidable thing about my school is the financial situation. Having to cut classes in order to stay afloat and raising the tuition is unavoidable but still quite frustrating. Other than that, everything else here seems great!

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is known for its determination to make everyone welcome.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    ISU is not small but is not too big either.. You get to meet a lot of people along the way but at the same time you it is easy to be in a small group of close friends. This school is very good academically level, all teachers are really engaged in your personal development as a person and as a professional, but that is not it. It's installations for sports are very nice and in very good state. It is located in Pocatello, Idaho, close to many places you can visit like lava hot springs, Salt lake, Idaho falls, Boise etc.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    There are so many classes that differ in their type of teaching. There are some classes with a big number of students (around 80) or some other classes that are about 25 students per room. However you will always be sure that no matter what the number of students is, the teacher will always be interested on helping with any question or problems you can have. They will always be available during their office hours or you can always catch them after class. My major is nutrition and dietetics, and I am really happy with the academic level of ISU, it is a great way to start my undergraduate degree.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I think that the stereotypes of students at my school is conservatives. The people that 'seem' to go to Idaho State University are usually from rural areas of surrounding states, disregarding some students of athletics and possibly academics, overall the stereotype is majority conservative. I don't think that this stereotype is accurate. I know that for one it doesn't apply to me, or many other students' that I know. I believe the overall array of students is simply just students. People who are trying to further their education and better their lives. Stereotypes should'nt play a role in students' lives. The student's reasoning for wanting a education should be all that matters.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular groups are some of the international groups like Japanese club, Nepalese club, etc. People usually lock their door rooms when they leave but in case you forget to lock it there will be no problem at all. it has happened to me and it is a really safe place so there is no chance to get stolen. Volleyball, Football and Basketball games are huge, a lot of people are involved and really like to go and support our bengals. people usually party on weekends. But if you do not like it you can always go out with some friends and have a really nice dinner at any close restaurant from campus. I usually hang put with my teammates.

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  18. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    The Mass Communication Department is the best in the state of Idaho. And the school is very affordable. I am going to graduate with very little loans thanks to Pell Grants and Scholarships.

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  19. What are your classes like?

    Don't get me wrong, they are challenging, but they don't stress you in into the emergency room. I have great professors and they try hard to keep the information up to date and interesting. They love the subject matter and they want to pass that on to us. The professors are always available to help you and if they aren't other professors want to know because ISU wants each student to suceed. Sometimes students feel like they get overloaded but we have access to career counseling, personal counseling, academic advising and health services right there on campus. These people are amazing and they are there to help you.

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  20. What's the Greek scene like?

    I am not part of the Greek scene at ISU. However, I wanted to compliment the female Greek scene, Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Sigma Sigma, at ISU for a few reasons. I feel like some schools Greek organizations are all about partying and being very exclusive. From the interviews (for news articles) I've done, I feel like this group of students is very open and inclusive. They also have big hearts and always seem to be doing something charitable. They always have a philanthropy event each year.

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  21. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    ISU is not the biggest sports school, I can not lie. However, the local support for our football team is growing greatly. I work for the sports crew at ISU (we do video work for the web-casts and big board) and I really feel like the sports scene is slowly growing. Our football team doesn't have the best record, but I like our new coach. I met him this past semester and he is just a lovable guy. Our female basketball team goes pretty far sometimes and they just have some good stuff going for them right now. I could say the same thing about our volleyball team. As far as sports that are actually just 'clubs'--check out are Rugby team, they are good!

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

85% of students attending Idaho State University receive some sort of financial aid. 43% were awarded federal grants. While 49% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$0 - $30K
$30 - $48K
$48 - $75K
$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

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