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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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
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Fast Facts

Location | Pocatello
Population | 54,255
Enrollment | 9,281
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/17
Spring | 01/11-05/07

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 2%
Black | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Two or more | 5%
White | 71%
Other | 8%
International | 0%
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RegistrationClosed Programs

Any health professions programs - contact NSE Coordinator to check availability.

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

  • Accounting
  • American Sign Language
  • American Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Computer Network Security
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education of the Deaf
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Microbiology
  • Military Sciences
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutrition
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Photo Journalism
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Statistics
  • Surveying
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting


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 not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/07/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $3936.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 16
  • Home Payment: 16

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $150 Year Host & Home Optional
Parking Fee $100 Year Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $100 Year Host & Home Mandatory

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/07/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 11% living on campus
  • Double: $3205 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
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

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/07/21

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


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