4-year, Regionally accredited
Degrees: Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
As a visitor to our Best Value Colleges site might notice, we do not seek out public universities; we think they don’t require “help” from a third party to attract students. So you might ask why we have designated Idaho State University one of a very limited number of Best Value Schools. We did so for three reasons. One, they somehow learned about what we were doing and arranged for Idaho State to be nominated (institutions may self-nominate). Two, when we scraped the Internet for student comments about the university we found that a great majority of students thought very highly of “their school.” And the third reason is they have an open admissions policy – you apply (and can pay), you get in. After examining Idaho State, including a close look at their academic programs, we voted unanimously to award the institution one of our coveted Best Value School Awards.
Idaho State’s student body, over 13,000 at four campuses (Pocatello, the main campus; Idaho Falls; Twin Falls; Meridian), includes about 2,800 students from foreign countries, many of whom come for the academic programs but once they’re at the school, enjoy it because of the location(s), which are referred to as being in the “Heart of an outdoor-lover’s paradise.” The main campus is closer to Salt Lake City, Utah than to Boise, Idaho’s capital.
Cost to attend for in-state students is a modest $14,000 (first year fulltime students living on campus), but jumps to well over $30,000 for out-of-staters, including all those from foreign countries. There are 250 academic programs to choose from, the most popular of which are: health professions (associate, bachelor, master, doctor degrees); bachelor-master-doctor programs in biology, business, education, and engineering. Idaho State also offers associate and bachelor degree programs in technology. If you’re from Idaho, or interested in attending – in person or online – a pretty good university situated in the “outdoor paradise,” take a look at Idaho State University. It’s not too big, not too small, and it offers open admissions.