Aug 20, 2017



Located in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho is the 13th largest state in the U.S. With a population of 1,567,582 people, according to the 2010 Census, it is also one of the least densely populated. The state borders Washington and Oregon to the west, Nevada and Utah to the south, Montana and Wyoming to the east, and the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.

Idaho Idaho’s varied terrain, ranges from forests and mountains in the north to desert in the south. The state boasts 3,100 miles of river and plenty of lakes, more than any other state.

Boise is the state's capital and largest city. Other large cities include Nampa, Meridian, Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are Idaho’s major industries. Idaho is the nation's top producer of potatoes, trout, lentils and Austrian winter peas. High-tech, business and information services are high growth areas, and the state is home to a number of major high-tech companies, including Fortune 500-listed Micron Technology.

Top Reasons to Study in Idaho

  • Education Opportunities: The state invests heavily in its education and training facilities and institutions, and ranks among the best in the country at training its workers, according to a 2014 report by CNBC. Boise State University is home to a nationally ranked MFA program in creative writing. Idaho’s universities are consistently ranked among the nation’s top research universities.
  • Quality of Living: Idaho enjoys a relatively lower cost of living than most other states in the country. Besides the costs, Idaho offers great options for outdoor living and sports, including some of the best skiing, snowboarding, white water rafting, camping and hiking.
  • Employment Prospects: Besides its strengths in agriculture and manufacturing, Idaho also has a fast growing high-tech sector.


Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Idaho, contact the Office of the State Board of Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
College of Idaho Business,Health,Visual/Performance Arts Private >10,000 Request Info
University of Idaho Business,Interdisciplinary Studies,Liberal Studies Public >10,000 Request Info
Idaho State University Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Boise State University Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info

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