Idaho Colleges Summary

Students can find many opportunities for higher education in Idaho through public and private colleges, including universities, four-year schools, community colleges and technical schools. Public education opportunities are diverse, with public schools like Idaho State University and the College of Eastern Idaho as well as private institutions like Carrington College and Northwest Nazarene University offering prospective learners a variety of campus-based and online choices.

Education Initiatives in Idaho

Idaho's State Board of Education has undertaken several initiatives to prepare students to be more globally competitive and ready for opportunities through its colleges in Idaho. These include:

  • Increasing the number of college degrees earned by students
  • Doubling the number of students taking dual high school and college credits
  • Improving upon career-oriented education available in colleges

The Next Steps Idaho initiative provides resources and planning materials for students to take steps toward higher education goals, in hopes that this will help the state reach its objective of having 60 percent of adults age 25-34 possessing a certificate or degree by 2020.

Idaho Colleges: A Few Highlights

Universities and colleges in Idaho offer many different choices to prospective students. Idaho State University, or ISU, in Pocatello, offers more than 250 programs and has an official motto of "Veritas vos liberabit," which means "The truth will set you free." The University of Idaho, in Moscow, is a land grant research school that is also known as U of I. The school even had an alumnus head to South Korea to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics games in the sport of bob-sledding. Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston, may interest students looking to attend one of the colleges in Idaho. This school, located in a city where two rivers come together, is often described as a public college featuring the climate and feel of a private school.

For more details on higher education opportunities in Idaho, visit the Idaho State Board of Education website.


  • About ISU, Idaho State University, Accessed March 2018,
  • About U of I, the University of Idaho, Accessed March 2018,
  • Public Higher Education, Idaho State Board of Education, Accessed March 2018,
  • Quick Facts Lewis-Clark State College, Lewis-Clark State College, Accessed March 2018,
Education Institutes in Idaho
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Idaho
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,