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Idaho State University

Pocatello, ID


About This Campus

Founded in 1901, Idaho State University is a medium-sized public research university in the northern Rocky Mountains town of Pocatello, on the old Oregon Trail. Students can choose from nearly 250 academic programs spanning the fields of energy, health professions, nuclear research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, business, and more. Most notably, the university is recognized as one of Idaho’s leaders in health and medical education, is one of only a handful of schools in the country that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health Physics, and offers an Outdoor Education degree program where students can apply their academic skills as adventure leaders/instructors for the campus Outdoor Adventure Center. ISU also enjoys a 14:1 student-instructor ratio, allowing students the opportunity to receive personal guidance and mentorship from professional, personable faculty.

Location Information

ISU is at the heart of an outdoor-lover's paradise with access to some of America's greatest natural wonders and exciting recreation opportunities. Spend the winter skiiing in Jackson or Grand Targhee with the Tetons in view, or cross-country ski the other-worldly terrain of Craters of the Moon National Monument. You can spend your spring cycling the closed roads of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, rafting the Snake River, and/or mountain biking, hiking, or camping around Pocatello.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

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Fast Facts

Location | Pocatello
Population | 54,255
Enrollment | 12,643
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/13
Spring | 01/13-05/08

Campus Diversity

White | 71%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 5%
Other | 8%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • N/A
Notable Academic Programs
  • Nuclear Engineering - For more than 50 years, the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University has been home to an Aerojet-General Nucleonics nuclear reactor. Commonly known as the AGN-201, this reactor is one of five that are still operating in the world.
  • Health Physics
  • Outdoor Education - Students in the Outdoor Education program can lead adventure trips through the Outdoor Adventure Center located on campus.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology

Area Studies: American Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Theater Art

Athletics: Fitness and Sports Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Microbiology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Photo Journalism, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Television, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Network Security, System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Paralegal Studies

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Exceptional Children, Health Education, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

Electronics: Electronics

Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Linguistics, Professional Writing, Rhetoric

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Ecology, Environmental Geology

Food Science: Nutrition

General Studies: Arts and Science, Individualized Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Dietetics, Health Education, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Nursing, Paramedical Studies

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: American Sign Language, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Applied Physics, Health Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Education, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Work, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Educational Interpreting, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Automotive Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Information Technology, Surveying

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/04/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4688.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 16
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/04/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $75 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $100 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: First Bengal ID card is free, replacements are $15

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 1620

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/04/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 11% living on campus
  • Double: $3500 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $590*
  • Proximity to campus: 3
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
One bedroom apartments in Pocatello rent for $416 a month on average and two bedroom apartments rent for an average of $593

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1718 per semester for 6 meals per week.
  • $1943 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $2052 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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