University Services and Student Living
Eli Oboler Library
The library offers the graduate student an excellent environment for study and research. It is the largest building constructed for academic purposes with state appropriated monies. The library contains study lounges, special study rooms, seminar rooms, a special map collection, instructional material center, a fully staffed academic skills center, periodicals and book collections, and micro-reading facilities.
The general collection consists of 332,000 volumes of books, 3,000 subscriptions to periodicals, and 24,000 microfilms. In addition there are 320,000 government documents in paper and over a million such documents in microfilm. There are several special collections including the outstanding Glenn E. Tyler Collection of 22,000 books and manuscripts on the history of science and medicine, the Reformation, and ancient history. More than 100 rare volumes exist in this collection including the collected sermons of Calvin on the Book of Job, printed in 1584. The library currently subscribes to 108 print indexes and holds some 5,500 volumes of such indexes. Complete database searching facilities are available in which a full spectrum of 300 databases are used. Other services are reference, interlibrary loan and photoduplication.
The Computer Service Center provides computer time, consulting, programming services, and generalized software packages such as statistical and simulation systems for students and faculty. The Center also provides support for small and large software systems used for research activities that are unique to the department or college. The Academic User Services staff consists of six full-time computer professionals with a variety of backgrounds, and all assist faculty with their computerized research needs.
There are four mainframe computers located in the basement of the Business Administration Building which are accessible by over 700 terminals or microcomputers across campus. There are two HP-3000, one HP-1000, and one IBM 4361 mainframes in the facility. Available software includes SAS, SPSS, SPICE, COPE, and IDA, Fortran 77 and Pascal compilers, advanced graphics, computer assisted design processing, word processing, data base management systems, and nuclear simulation software.
There are four microcomputer learning facilities located in four different locations on campus. These are equipped with IBM PC Microcomputers, Apple 11e Microcomputers, Macintosh Plus microcomputers, HP150 microcomputers, and letter quality printers. A variety of word processing software is available along with several statistical packages. The mainframe facilities are open and available to students 24 hours per day Monday through Friday and a minimum of eight hours on weekends. The Microcomputer facilities are open a minimum of 14 hours per day, Monday-Friday. Weekend access is available.
The library catalog is online to over 700 workstations on campus which enables students and faculty to search the library's holdings quickly for materials needed for their studies or research.
Center for Health and Counseling Services
The ISU Center for Health and Counseling Services provides quality health care, pharmacy services, counseling services, career counseling services, and testing services. With respect to medical care, office calls are free to all students who pay full ISU fees whether or not they elect to carry ISU Student Health Insurance. The optional ASISU Student Health Insurance is designed to provide comprehensive health care coverage. The insurance premium is listed on ISU registration fees, but can be declined with a signed statement. Since the semester premium is less than the cost of one ambulance ride, students are urged to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Program.
The Student Pharmacy provides low-cost prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter prescriptions at reduced costs. Students may wish to transfer prescriptions to the Student Pharmacy while they are attending ISU. All ISU students, both full and part-time can use the Student Pharmacy.
Counseling services are provided by professional counselors who are licensed by the State of Idaho as counselors or psychologists.
The Center for Health and Counseling Services administers over 50 national tests including those for graduate school and professional school admission such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), etc., and professional certification exams (Real Estate, Social Work, Dental Hygiene, etc.). English Proficiency, Library Skills and Teaching Skills are also administered. Other tests which may be required to complete degree programs can be arranged.
There is a wide complement of recreational opportunities for students at ISU. The Recreational Facility, Reed Gym, and the Holt Sports Arena provide indoor running tracks, indoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, swimming pools, weight and exercise rooms, and a full component of special exercise classes. In addition, a highly regarded Outdoor Program is available to members of the university community. The office for the outdoor program is located in the Student Union Building. Throughout the year activities are organized in such outdoor pursuits as canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing, rock and mountain climbing, conservation movements, hiking, camping trips, and river float trips. In addition, equipment may be rented for wilderness trips at nominal cost.