2022 best colleges in Idaho

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.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

Net cost
Payback
Earnings
EarningsPlus
Rankings
Ranking methodology
#1 in Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Rexburg, Idaho

Economic score: 1.39

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $7,167

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $49,281

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $3,885

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 98%
Graduation rate: 65%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Idaho | #195 in National Universities

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

Economic score: 2.55

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,132

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,272

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $2,876

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 75%
Graduation rate: 60%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Idaho

Lewis-Clark State College

Lewiston, Idaho

Economic score: 3.41

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $11,046

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $41,741

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $3,655

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 100%
Graduation rate: 45%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Idaho

Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, Idaho

Economic score: 4.27

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $20,708

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 4.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $47,908

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $2,512

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 77%
Graduation rate: 60%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in Idaho | #322 in National Universities

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

Economic score: 4.27

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,787

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 4.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,100

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $2,296

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 78%
Graduation rate: 53%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in Idaho | #148 in Liberal Arts

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

Economic score: 5.10

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $21,005

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 5.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,431

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $35

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 49%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#7 in Idaho | #345 in National Universities

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Economic score: 5.30

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $16,810

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 4.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $42,101

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $3,295

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: N/A
Graduation rate: 47%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#8 in Idaho

Boise Bible College

Boise, Idaho

Economic score: 15.86

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $20,185

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 11.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $33,307

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $12,089

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 91%
Graduation rate: 47%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.