6 Largest Colleges in Idaho

Idaho’s biggest schools and their cost of attendance.

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Idaho is one of the country’s least populated states, but it certainly isn’t lacking a great education system. High school students can earn associate's degrees from three community colleges or further their education at one of the state’s universities.

Most of Idaho’s colleges and universities are public, meaning attending college is affordable for both in- and out-of-state residents. Here are the six largest schools in the state and what they charge for tuition.

6. North Idaho College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 6,700

Cost: $3,110 for residents, $6,662 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: The general studies major is the most popular program on campus with over 2,000 students enrolled. Business ranks second, with over 400 students in the major.

Fun Fact: North Idaho College is partnered with the University of Idaho and Idaho State, meaning students can experience classes and life at these schools before transferring.

5. College of Southern Idaho

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 8,080

Cost: $3,100 for residents, $5,900 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: General degrees are the biggest programs at CSI. Both liberal arts and the general technical departments have the most students, and have a strong presence on campus. Nursing is also one of the top programs.

Fun Fact: The two biggest age groups on campus are 18- to 19-year-olds and people 65 years and older.

4. University of Idaho

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 12,312

Cost: $6,212 for residents, $19,000 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: The most popular majors are psychology, mechanical engineering, foreign languages and literatures, and marketing. Over 7 percent of undergraduates are psychology majors.

Fun Fact: A degree from the University of Idaho is considered one of the best values in the nation.

3. Idaho State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 14,500

Cost: $6,070 for residents, $17,870 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: Idaho State has the most popular health and medical programs in the state. Seventy-five percent of Idaho’s total health degrees are earned there.

Fun Fact: Idaho State is fifth safest college campus in the country.

2. Brigham Young University, Idaho

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 15,102

Cost: $3,470 for all students

'''Best Programs: Exercise management tops the list of most popular departments. More traditional majors such as psychology and English are among the top three majors. BYU-Idaho is also known for its online learning program.

Fun Fact: Nearly 40 percent of students at BYU-Idaho take two years off from their degree program to serve as missionaries.

1. Boise State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 22,678

Cost: $5,884 for residents, $11,440 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: Engineering is one of the best and most competitive programs at the university. If you’re interested in nursing, Boise State is also home to the largest undergraduate nursing program in Idaho.

Fun Fact: Boise State is the only university in the country that offers a Master of Science in Raptor Biology – a degree program that studies the development and habits of raptors.

Quick Facts

  • Lewis-Clark College is the state’s only 4-year public college – all the other 4-year public institutions are universities.
  • Idaho may only have three community colleges, but it also boasts a technical college designed for students who want work experience rather than textbook learning.
  • Boise State first began as a junior college, and grew into its current state as a university in 1974.

Stats source: U.S. News.

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