List of colleges and universities in Idaho

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The Administration Building at the University of Idaho (left), the John Taylor Building at Brigham Young University–Idaho (middle), and the Administration Building at Idaho State University (right)

This is a list of colleges and universities in Idaho. This list also includes other educational institutions providing higher education, meaning tertiary, quaternary, and, in some cases, post-secondary education.

Open institutions[edit]

The Idaho State Board of Education oversees three comprehensive universities. The University of Idaho in Moscow was the first university in the state (founded in 1889). It opened its doors in 1892 and is the land-grant institution and primary research university of the state. Idaho State University in Pocatello opened in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho, attained four-year status in 1947 and university status in 1963. Boise State University is the most recent school to attain university status in Idaho. The school opened in 1932 as Boise Junior College and became Boise State University in 1974. Lewis–Clark State College in Lewiston is the only public, non-university 4-year college in Idaho. It opened as a normal school in 1893.

Idaho has four regional community colleges: North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene; College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls; College of Western Idaho in Nampa, which opened in 2009, College of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls, which transitioned from a technical college in 2017.

Private institutions in Idaho are Boise Bible College, affiliated with congregations of the Christian churches and churches of Christ; Brigham Young University–Idaho in Rexburg, which is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a sister college to Brigham Young University; The College of Idaho in Caldwell, which still maintains a loose affiliation with the Presbyterian Church; Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa; and New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, of reformed Christian theological background. McCall College is a non-affiliated 2-year private college in McCall, which was founded in 2011 and later opened in 2013.

School Location(s) Control Type Enrollment[1]
(fall 2014)
Boise Bible College Boise Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 101 1945
Boise State University Boise Public Doctoral/research university 24,069 1932
Brigham Young University–Idaho Rexburg Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 43,024[2] 1888
College of Idaho Caldwell Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,114 1891
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine Meridian Private Doctoral university 648 [3] 2016
College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls Public Associate's college 7,321 1965
College of Western Idaho Nampa Public Associate's college 10,200 2007
College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls Public Associate's college 1,803 1969
Idaho State University Pocatello Public Doctoral/research university 11,766 1901
Lewis–Clark State College Lewiston Public Baccalaureate college 3,856 1893
McCall College McCall and Boise Private for-profit 2011
New Saint Andrews College Moscow Private Baccalaureate college 1994
North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene Public Associate's college 5,768 1933
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa Private not-for-profit Master's university 2,249 1913
University of Idaho Moscow Public Doctoral/research university 10,791 1889

Defunct institutions[edit]

Four now-defunct institutions were located in Idaho:

Defunct institutions
School Location Control Founded Closed Ref
Albion State Normal School Albion Public 1893 1951 [4]
Farragut College and Technical Institute Bayview Private 1946 1949 [5]
Gooding College Gooding Private
(Methodist Church)
1917 1938 [6]
Magic Valley Christian College Albion Private
(Churches of Christ)
1958 1969 [7]
Stevens–Henager College Idaho Falls and Boise Private 1891 2021 [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "College Navigator". United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "BYU-Idaho Enrollment and Demographics".
  3. ^[bare URL]
  4. ^
  5. ^ Sandmeyer, Marilyn (March 2007). "Farragut College and Technical Institute records, 1946-1950". Archives West. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "History".
  7. ^ Swearingen, David (September 2008). "Alumni mark 50th anniversary of Magic Valley". The Christian Chronicle. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Stevens-Henager College".

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