Idaho State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Idaho State University Holt Arena
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Idaho State University Admissions Overview:

Idaho State University has open admissions--this means that any interested students have the opportunity to study there. Still, prospective students will need to submit an application. Those applying can submit an application online, through the school's website, as well as official high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT.

Admissions Requirements (2016):

Idaho State University has open admissions, but to get assured admissions, students must meet the following requirements:

  • High School GPA: 2.5
  • SAT: 490 Math, 460 Critical Reading
  • ACT: 18 Math, 18 English

Students with lower scores can be admitted on condition. Learn more on the Idaho State University website.

Idaho State University Description:

Idaho State University is a public university located in Pocatello, a small city in southeast Idaho. Outdoor lovers will find lots to do in the the northern Rockies -- hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, boating, and more. On campus, students can choose from close to 300 degree and certificate programs. Nursing is the most popular Bachelor's degree program. The university has a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students come from 59 countries. Student life is active with over 160 clubs and organizations including a small Greek system. In athletics, the Idaho State University Bengals compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. The university fields 15 intercollegiate teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 12,916 (10,966 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 60% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,956 (in-state); $21,023 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,663
  • Other Expenses: $5,921
  • Total Cost: $20,540 (in-state); $34,607 (out-of-state)

Idaho State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 49%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,071
    • Loans: $6,221

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Human Resources, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 11%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 28%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Cross Country, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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