2022 best colleges in Idaho best-colleges

Idaho’s only university until 1963, the University of Idaho lies in the quaint town of Moscow and features high-quality academics and a wide array of extracurricular activities for students. Although higher education options are still limited in Idaho compared to surrounding states, Idaho State University provides students with high-quality healthcare and medical programs and features a Career Path Internship (CPI) program allowing students to gain real-world experience during their education. The first liberal arts college in the state, the College of Idaho, allows students to pursue one major and three minors through its four-year PEAK program.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Rexburg, Idaho

Admission rate: 98%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $7,167

Payback: 1.5 Years

Earnings: $49,281

Vs. state average: + $3,885

Economic score: 1.39

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#2 in Idaho

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $14,132

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $48,272

Vs. state average: + $2,876

Economic score: 2.55

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#3 in Idaho

Lewis-Clark State College

Lewiston, Idaho

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $11,046

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $41,741

Vs. state average: - $3,655

Economic score: 3.41

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#4 in Idaho

Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, Idaho

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $20,708

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $47,908

Vs. state average: + $2,512

Economic score: 4.27

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#5 in Idaho

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $15,787

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $43,100

Vs. state average: - $2,296

Economic score: 4.27

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#6 in Idaho

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

Admission rate: 49%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $21,005

Payback: 5.1 Years

Earnings: $45,431

Vs. state average: + $35

Economic score: 5.10

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#7 in Idaho

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $16,810

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $42,101

Vs. state average: - $3,295

Economic score: 5.30

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#8 in Idaho

Boise Bible College

Boise, Idaho

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $20,185

Payback: 11.6 Years

Earnings: $33,307

Vs. state average: - $12,089

Economic score: 15.86

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