Idaho State University strives to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through the creation of new knowledge, cutting-edge research, innovative artistic pursuits and high-quality academic instruction; to use these qualities to enhance technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Idaho, the Nation, and the World; and to develop citizens who will learn from the past, think critically about the present, and provide leadership to enrich the future in a diverse, global society.
As a regional public Doctoral/Research University, Idaho State University meets the needs of a diverse population with certificate, associate, baccalaureate, masterís and doctoral degree offerings, as well as family practice, dental, and pharmacy residency programs. Through programs in pharmacy and health-related professions, ISU is the stateís lead institution for education in the health professions and related biological and physical sciences. The preparation of teachers, administrators, and other education professionals is another primary emphasis at ISU. Programs in business and engineering respond to a variety of current and emerging demands within the state and region, and, with the change in focus of the Idaho National Laboratory to nuclear science, ISU will expand its programming in this area and continue its leadership. ISU is committed to maintaining strong arts and sciences programs as independent, multifaceted fields of inquiry and as the basis of other academic disciplines. The University offers a substantial array of graduate programs in the arts and sciences, education, and health professions. As a part of its community college function, ISU provides students high quality professional education and technical training in response to the needs of private industry.