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Boise, Idaho University Overviews

While there are just two non-specialty schools in Boise, ID, there are five non-specialty schools in total located within 30-miles. Learn how these schools compare according to proximity to Boise, student population sizes, costs and graduation rates.

Students hoping to enroll in a college in the area of Boise, ID, have options that include two large public schools, a mid-sized private non-profit school with a religious affiliation, and two small private non-affiliated non-profit schools. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this article compares the five schools in the area across four important factors: location, size, costs and graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Boise, Idaho

If you're based in Boise and planning to study in the area, keeping your travel time to a minimum can have a major impact on your study life. So if you prefer a school close to Boise, these are the five schools in the area listed according to their distance from the city center:

  • Boise State University, Boise (1.7 miles)
  • Stevens-Henager College, Boise (5.6 miles)
  • College of Western Idaho, Nampa (16.7 miles)
  • Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa (19.5 miles)
  • The College of Idaho, Caldwell (25.6 miles)

Largest Schools Boise, Idaho

The schools in the Boise area vary hugely in terms of size. Typically, a large student population correlates with a more diverse population, as well as more resources. So, if you prefer a larger school you might opt for the two public schools in the area, which are by far the largest. The three smaller schools are all private not-for-profit schools.

  • Boise State University, Boise (22,086 students)
  • College of Western Idaho, Nampa (8,391 students)
  • Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa (2,207 students)
  • The College of Idaho, Caldwell (1,065 students)
  • Stevens-Henager College, Boise (308 students)

Lowest Net Price

The cost of study is always a consideration for students. The NCES includes a net price for an institution that helps prospective students compare factors beyond tuition alone. The net price figure is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, fees and books for a total cost of attendance, and then subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded. Tuition figures are for full-time undergraduate study in 2014-2015, and in-district or in-state rates are used when those are available. The most affordable schools in and around Boise are the public schools, followed by the private non-profit colleges:

  • College of Western Idaho, Nampa ($6,325)
  • Boise State University, Boise ($11,571)
  • The College of Idaho, Caldwell ($19,727)
  • Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa ($19,789)
  • Stevens-Henager College, Boise ($22,461)

Highest Graduation Rate

Schools can also be judged and compared for their success rates in terms of seeing students through to the completion of their degrees. The NCES reports on graduation rates that indicate what percentage of full-time undergraduate students finish a degree within 150% of the 'normal time', e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree. The graduation rates for the Boise schools for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:

  • The College of Idaho, Caldwell (68%)
  • Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa (49%)
  • Stevens-Henager College, Boise (41%)
  • Boise State University, Boise (39%)
  • College of Western Idaho, Nampa (17%)

So, for those considering study in the Boise area, these are your college options and their features according to location, student numbers, affordability and graduation rates.

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