Idaho Colleges & Universities

Idaho schools can be your ticket to a promising new career. Learn more about the state and decide whether schools in Idaho are right for you.

What You Need to Know About Colleges in Idaho: One of the largest agricultural producers in the United States, Idaho has long been known for hard-working farmers and reliable produce. A leader in mining and lumber, Idaho is called the Gem State because there are so many of them right below the soil.

Know what else is a gem? The educational opportunities at Idaho colleges and universities.

What to Expect from Education in the Gem State: If you're looking for a degree program that suits your educational goals, Idaho schools could be a great bet. The job market in Idaho looks promising for qualified candidates. According to the State of Idaho's occupational outlook, the following occupations hold great promise for growth through the year 2016

  • • Healthcare, including registered nurses, dental hygienists, pharmacists, and physical therapists
  • • Computer systems analysts and computer software engineers
  • • Loan officers, business operators, and management analysts
  • • Farmers, ranches, and other agricultural managers

With a population of just over 1,500,000, Idaho has numerous colleges and universities ready to serve your higher education needs. Many of the larger universities are based in Boise and the surrounding area, though community colleges are scattered all through the state. Boise State University, the University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University in Rexburg are among the largest institutions of higher learning in the state.

Private Idaho colleges abound, and many of them are based in Boise as well:

  • • Apollo College
  • • Brown Mackie College
  • • George Fox University
  • • George Fox University School of Management
  • • ITT Technical Institute
  • • Stevens-Henager College
  • • University of Phoenix (based in Meridian)
  • • Milan Institute (based on multiple campuses)

Why Attend Colleges in Idaho?: Attending Idaho schools is a firm investment in your future. According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the higher your degree, the better your chances of making a competitive wage and enjoying a lower rate of unemployment.

For example, those who earned their bachelor's degree made a weekly average salary of $1,025 in 2009. In addition, those holding a bachelor's degree saw an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent. By contrast, those who earned their master's degree made an average weekly salary of $1,257 in 2009, and saw a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.9 percent.

What can you expect from living in Idaho? According to the 2009 BLS numbers, the median annual income for all occupations in Idaho is $37,920. The U.S. Census Bureau offers even further information about living in the Gem State:

  • • The state of Idaho is booming--the population increased by almost 20 percent between 2000 and 2009.
  • • $106,300 is the average home value in Idaho.
  • • $47,561 is the median household income for a family in Idaho.
  • • Among those aged 25 or older, 21.7 percent hold a bachelor's degree.

Idaho colleges have fallen victim to recent budget cuts, just as schools in 42 other states have. Though many colleges and universities have taken steps to cut back on costs--the University of Idaho has imposed furloughs on 2400 employees, for instance--financial aid is still available for those who qualify. Check with your chosen schools in Idaho to find out more.

Idaho colleges can help you swing open the door to a promising new career. When you're ready to find the degree program that is right for you, the Gem State could become your happy new home.

The writer Shannon Dauphin is a journalist with almost twenty years of experience behind her pen. An avid researcher and occasional novelist, she works and plays on the Georgia coast.


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