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About ISU

Idaho State University is a Carnegie-classified high research activity, doctorate-granting university
ISU offers exceptional academic opportunities in more than 250 programs across seven colleges. Its faculty and students lead in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in various fields including health professions, nuclear research, natural resources, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and business.

Founded in 1901 on the traditional lands of the Shoshone and Bannock peoples in Pocatello
the University extends educational access to a diverse population and strives to build an inclusive community among students from around the region and the world who are drawn to its five campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls in Idaho, and Anchorage, Alaska, ISU engages students through learning and research opportunities that improve the intellectual vigor, cultural vitality and health of its communities.

ISU is the state's designated lead institution in health professions, medical education, and biomedical research
The Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center in Meridian is adjacent to the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho’s only medical school and a strong partner in health science education. The Idaho Falls campus supports the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The Twin Falls campus partners with the College of Southern Idaho to prepare career-ready graduates. In partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, ISU trains Alaska’s pharmacists. Newly developed collaborations have been established by offering the Physician Assistant program with Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, and the Accelerated Nursing Bachelor’s degree with Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, ID.


Our traditions, symbols, places, and songs.

Big events from 1901 until now.

Leadership and organizational structure.

A map for our future.

University-wide policies and procedures.

Facts & Figures

12,640 Students

82% Undergraduate • 18% Graduate

Full-time 56% • Part-time 44%

13:1 Student-Teacher Ratio


Cost information



250 Programs ranging from certificates to Doctorates


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Veritas vos liberabit / The truth will set you free

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