There are many universities and colleges in the state of Idaho. This article will focus on public and non-profit colleges in Idaho and their surrounding area. Idaho sits in the Pacific Northwest, adjacent to Washington and Oregon. Its landscape includes rivers, lakes, mountains, grassy hillsides, and farmland. The northern part of the state normally receives more rain and southern Idaho generally has warmer summers.
Lewis-Clark State College
Lewis-Clark State College located in Lewiston sits in Idaho’s north-central region right on the Idaho Washington Border. In fact, the college is located between the Clearwater River and the Snake River. It’s a smaller college with an annual enrollment of about 3,500 students a year and they participate in intramural sports.
Lewiston is the second-largest city in northern Idaho and is 5 hours from Boise (the capital) and 2 hours from Spokane, Washington. Visit Lewis-Clark State College’s website to learn more.
University of Idaho (UI)
The University of Idaho is in the northern part of Idaho located in the city of Moscow which sits on the border of Washington. The university sits on almost 1,600 acres and offers plenty of biking, pedestrian sidewalks, public transportation rails, parking, an 18-hold golf course, arboreta, and 860 acres of farms! If you haven’t guessed already, the University of Idaho is a large university with a student body of over 11,000. It’s also located within walking distance of stores, restaurants, and bars. Visit the University of Idaho’s website to learn more.
Boise State University
Boise State University is located in southern Idaho and sits on 285 acres in the state capital, Boise. Boise is the most populated and active city in the whole state and is less than 50 miles from Oregon and 110 miles from Nevada. It has everything a city has to offer and is also known for it’s Boise River Greenbelt which stretches 20 miles along the Boise River.
BSU is the largest public university in Idaho and participates in the NCAA Division I and FBS Mountain West Conference. Their nickname is the Broncos. Like other large universities, they have on-campus housing which is primarily co-ed. However, many students choose to live off-campus. Visit Boise State University’s website to learn more.
Idaho State University
Idaho State University’s main campus is in Pocatello in the southeastern part of the state and is also located in Meridian and Twin Falls. Though it has a variety of degree programs to choose from, it has the most health-related programs in Idaho. Idaho State University does offer student housing and there is even housing for parents with children. Their athletic teams compete in the Big Sky Division 1 conference and their mascot is the Bengals. Visit Idaho State University’s website to learn more.
Community Colleges in Idaho
There are also community colleges in Idaho to choose from. In Northern Idaho, North Idaho College has multiple locations with its main location in Coeur d’Alene. Its other locations include Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Rathdrum, Hayden, Post Falls, and Kellogg.
In the central and southern part of the state, Idaho has these community colleges:
- College of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls
- College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls
- Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario
- College of Western Idaho, Nampa
- College of Western Idaho: Horticulture, Boise