University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83844-2282

School Details

The University of Idaho is a public, four-year, land-grant and space-grant, institution of higher education located in the city of Moscow, Idaho.


Founded in 1889 in Moscow, Idaho, the first students enrolled in the University of Idaho in the fall of 1892. By the spring of 1898, the first graduate degree was awarded. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, a fire in the Administration Building resulted in the newly constructed Tudor Gothic administration structure, designed by architect John Tourtellotte. As the school continued to expand, adding new structures and academic programs, this building remained the focal point of the campus. Today, this land-grant institution retains national recognition as a research institution. Among many of its recognitions, Idaho celebrates the winning of the National Medal of Arts for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Additionally, in the fall of 2013, a record 76 national merit scholars enrolled in the university. The university has also earned distinction for its research by the Carnegie Foundation. With nine other Idaho higher educational institutions, the University of Idaho maintains the Idea Network of Biomedical and Research Excellence, the largest bio-medical research project in the state, and the university received the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service in 2013.

The University of Idaho is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, a number of individual schools and programs maintain programmatic accreditation and approvals, including, but not limited to:

  • Department of Architecture by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • College of Education by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approval by the Idaho State Board of Education
  • College of Engineering undergraduate programs by the Engineering Commission of ABET
  • Computer Science by the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • College of Natural Resources by the Society of American Foresters
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program (College of Science) by the American Chemical Society
  • College of Business and Economics by AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The University of Idaho supports a wide range of extracurricular activities, including 200-plus student organizations and over 20 minority groups. The Idaho Vandals compete in NCAA Division I athletics, offering 16 men’s and women’s sports. The campus supports 16 fraternities and nine sororities. Recreational activities include the Student Recreation Center, intramural sports, and the Shattuck Amphitheater. Volunteer organizations and leadership opportunities abound on the campus and in the neighboring community.


More than 12,000 students are enrolled and the University of Idaho offers 130 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 32 doctorate degrees. About 9,600 students attend full-time, with a 54:46 male-to-female ratio. The student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. Additionally, more than 500 international students are enrolled in the university. In addition to the main campus in Moscow, additional campuses are located in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, in addition to research and extension centers throughout the state. The university feature two libraries, the University of Idaho Library and the U-Idaho Law Library.

Academic programs are housed in the Colleges of:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Art and Architecture
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Law
  • Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Natural Resources
  • Science

In addition to programs on the physical campus, the University of Idaho also supports a number of distance education opportunities, housed in Distance & Extended Education. Retaining standards equal to that of on-campus counterparts, students can choose from 16 online or hybrid graduate programs, thirteen online certificate programs, and an executive graduate program. Online/hybrid graduate programs include master’s degrees in teaching, educational leadership and curriculum, business, engineering, environmental and natural sciences, mathematics and psychology. Online certificate programs range from studies in engineering, environmental science, and natural resources to the Process and Performance Excellence, and Statistics certificates offered through the College of Science. In addition, students can pursue individual online courses.


Tuition is based on state residency.

  • Undergraduate tuition for in-state students, $6,524
  • Undergraduate tuition for out-of-state students, $19,600
  • Graduate tuition for in-state students, $7,586
  • Graduate tuition for out-of-state students, $20,662
  • Law tuition for in-state students, $15,774
  • Law tuition for out-of-state students, $28,850

Financial aid is available at the University of Idaho in the forms of scholarships, grants, student loans, and work opportunities. The university sponsors more than 25 million dollars in scholarships, including merit-based, need-based, and achievement awards. Completing an application for admission is all that is necessary in order to compete for university scholarships. In addition, students may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Available loans include the Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, along with private alternative resources. External sources of funding include Idaho state sponsored awards, and funds such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund. Additionally, military resources for eligible students include the GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, ROTC scholarships, and Vocational Rehabilitation.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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