Idaho State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Idaho State University in Pocatello

Established in 1901, Idaho State University (ISU) is a public institution located in the small-size town of Pocatello in southeastern Idaho. Additional campuses can be found in the Idaho towns of Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls.

ISU is a Carnegie-classified doctoral/research institution. It has 160 student organizations and clubs offering a wide variety of academic and social opportunities. The school is also home to the Veterans' Sanctuary, providing support to all military veterans enrolled at the university. Some of ISU's on-campus resources include the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and the Idaho Museum of Natural History.


Idaho State University is home to five academic colleges, a health sciences division and a graduate school. It currently offers 285 degree and certificate programs, including associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree program. Total enrollment at the four campuses combined is 14,489 students. Some of the more popular fields of study undertaken by students include registered nursing, elementary education, human resources, business administration and management. A highlight of the main campus is the Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC), which is a research and development center for nuclear physics applications.


Prospective undergraduate students interested in attending Idaho State University in Pocatello can apply to admissions for entry into either the fall or spring semesters. Priority deadline for fall semester applications is August 1, while the priority deadline for spring semester applications is December 1. Students must include an official high school transcript with their application and their ACT or SAT test scores. There is no formal date for the mailing of notification of acceptance letters, but applicants can expect a response following the receipt of their forms within about two weeks.

Once accepted, students may be able to apply for advanced standing by transferring credit earned from the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and AP (Advanced Placement) proficiency exams. Students can earn advanced credits in numerous departments and subject areas and apply them toward their degree program. The acceptance rate for freshman applying during the fall 2010 semester was about 73%.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time, in-state undergraduate students is $3,035 each semester. Out-of-state, full-time undergraduate students pay $8,935 per semester. The on-campus housing plans can vary in cost depending on the features.

Prospective students have several options for financial aid, including loans, grants, federal work-study programs and scholarships. During the period of 2010 to 2011, Idaho State University students were the recipients of $3,929,049 in federal grants. Approximately 93% of undergraduate applicants receive financial aid, and the average student loan aid award is $6,242.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associates, bachelor's, master's and doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 10,402 undergraduate students and 2,016 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing 5 residence halls and 6 on-campus apartment complexes*
Schools and Programs 5 colleges; 285 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (113)
Master's: Physician Assistant (50)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (68)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 26% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 73.4% in Fall 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 61% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students for 2010-2011**
Minimum SAT Scores for Admission Math SAT scores 490; Writing SAT scores, 500*
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 1 or December 1*
Decision Notification Date 10 days after completed application is received
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees are $3,035 for in-state residents and $8,935 for out-of-state students (per semester for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (58%), state and local government grants or scholarships (48%), student loans (63%), school grants or scholarships (29%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 93% for 2010-2011**

Sources: *Idaho State University in Pocatello, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Avenue, Campus Box 8270, Pocatello, ID 83209-8270
  • Phone: (208) 282-2475
  • Website:

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