National University Rankings, Where Do Colleges In Idaho Do?

Boise State University has the most enrollment in Idaho, but where does it fall in WalletHub's rankings?

Boise State University has the most enrollment in Idaho, but where does it fall in WalletHub’s rankings?

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The first early action deadline of the new college application year is fast approaching on November 1. the next stage of their life.

Are you or your child planning to attend a university or college in Idaho? The Gem State is home to 12 public universities and colleges and four private schoolsbut which are the best?

Personal finance website WalletHub has compiled a ranking of best colleges and universities in the countryincluding five Idaho institutions.

WalletHub has separated the country into different regions, with Idaho falling under the western region. Before we dive into the details of the rankings, here are the top five colleges in Idaho and their order in the West out of 156.

  • College of Idaho – 35th

  • University of Idaho – 69th

  • Northwestern Nazarene University – 102nd

  • Boise State University – 114th

  • Lewis-Clark State College – 148th

The West Region’s top-ranked school, California Institute of Technology, ranks third nationally, just behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology and second, Yale University.


WalletHub benchmarked 913 universities and colleges nationwide using seven key dimensions: student selectivity, cost and funding, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, outcomes academic and professional results.

Within these seven dimensions were 30 measures, such as student loan debt (cost and funding), student-faculty ratio (faculty resources), and campus crime (campus safety). A score out of 100 was assigned to each school using the 30 measures in a weighted calculation.

The data was compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics, The Council for Community and Economic Researchand the U.S. Department of Education, among other sources.

Break down the rankings

Although providing an overall score for the 913 institutions, WalletHub only broke down the rankings for the top 500. For the Gem State, that would include the College of Idaho (235th) and the University of Idaho (438th).

Here’s where the two schools ranked overall for each key metric:

College of Idaho – 235th

Overall score out of 100: 57.81

Student selectivity: 163rd

Cost and financing: 515th

Faculty Resources: 319th

Campus Security: 856th

On-campus experience: 495th

School results: 528th

Career results: 546th

University of Idaho – 438th

Overall score out of 100: 54.7

Student selectivity: 556th

Cost and financing: 144th

Faculty resources: 585th

Campus Security: 231st

On-campus experience: 485th

School results: 519th

Career results: 490th

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