2022 Top Public Universities in Idaho

Public universities are often the most affordable option for students pursuing higher education, but it’s not just affordability that makes these institutions attractive. Public universities also rank highly among the best universities in many states, Idaho included.

Public universities receive state and federal funding. Although they generally have larger class sizes than private institutions, they also tend to offer a wide variety of academic programs, diverse student bodies, and prestigious research opportunities.

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    #1

    College of Eastern Idaho

    Idaho Falls, ID

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    1,595

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3126

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6222

    From its campus in Idaho Falls, Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho grants college degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. College of Eastern Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    #2

    Boise State University

    Boise, ID

    Graduation Rate

    51%

    Enrollment

    26,217

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8068

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24988

    A public institution, Boise State University educates students on its campus in Boise, Idaho. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Boise State University holds accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    #3

    College of Southern Idaho

    Twin Falls, ID

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    7,288

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3360

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6840

    From its Twin Falls, Idaho campus, College of Southern Idaho enrolls learners in 136 programs. Students enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 21%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #4

    University of Idaho

    Moscow, ID

    Graduation Rate

    56%

    Enrollment

    11,926

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8304

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27540

    From its campus in Moscow, Idaho, University of Idaho awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 56%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    #5

    Idaho State University

    Pocatello, ID

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    12,402

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7872

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24168

    From its Pocatello, Idaho campus, Idaho State University enrolls students in 380 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 36%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #6

    College of Western Idaho

    Nampa, ID

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    10,580

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3336

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7344

    From its campus in Nampa, Idaho, College of Western Idaho awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The school reports a graduation rate of 22%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    #7

    North Idaho College

    Coeur d'Alene, ID

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    5,068

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3396

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8736

    Located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, North Idaho College operates as a public institution. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 25%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    #8

    Lewis-Clark State College

    Lewiston, ID

    Graduation Rate

    38%

    Enrollment

    3,748

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6982

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19978

    From its campus in Lewiston, Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College offers programs as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an independent accrediting body.