Idaho Colleges Summary
Idaho is one of only 9 states with fewer than 30 colleges and adult education schools, and only one of 12 states with fewer than 100,000 students enrolled. This is reflective of its small population of about 1.3 million people. Dorm occupancy is relatively low in Idaho colleges - somewhat less than 13% of its students stay in dorms.
Idaho is also one of 13 states with 25% or fewer of such schools being public (only 7 public schools as of 2005). However, over 75% of the student population goes to public schools. This is in spite of the fact that there are a relatively large number of for-profit schools - nearly 60% of Idaho's schools are for profit (the 4th highest ranking of all US states.
Many of the for-profit schools are small, with more than half of the adult education institutions in Idaho having fewer than 500 students. As a result, enrollment in for-profit schools represents less than 4% of the states student population.
The biggest colleges are: Boise State University, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University (Idaho), and the University of Idaho. Each of these colleges has more than 10,000 students. Personal-care schools are popular in Idaho, with 10 such schools located in the state as of 2005.
The Idaho Department of Education is located in the Len B. Jordan Office Building at 650 West State Street in Boise. For mailing purposes, the DOE uses PO Box 83720. http://www.sde.idaho.gov/ is the web site address of the Idaho DOE.