Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Idaho.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Idaho. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. Use our subject pages to find more information on program-specific accreditation, such as agencies that specifically accredit business or nursing schools.
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information on higher education and school accreditation in Idaho, see the state board of education’s website. The links below will also provide you with general information about the collegiate programs available in the state.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Idaho. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Idaho is home to some excellent state schools that offer good economic value combined with a sharp focus on academic study. Learn about the state’s notable public universities below.
Boise State University
Boise State University, with 22,344 students enrolled, is the state’s largest university and is located in the capital of Idaho. It ranks 65th on the U.S. News and World Report list of regional universities, and was named one of the top “up and coming” schools in the West in 2010 and 2011.Boise State offers courses in more than 200 fields of study. Boise State University focuses on research and innovation, and boasts the nation’s only program in raptor biology (study of birds of prey), as well as a partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory that allows for study in microelectronics.
Idaho State University
Idaho State, which was founded in 1901, offers more than 280 academic programs and enrolls 13,852 students on its large, 1,100-acre campus in southeast Idaho. Idaho State University is also well-known for its athletic teams that compete in more than a dozen sports, and is a member of the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. ISU fans celebrate “BengalFest” before every home football game, a longstanding tailgating tradition. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation actor William Petersen and ESPN commentator/former NFL player Merril Hoge are among the school’s notable alumni.
University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho, or “U of I,” is the state’s oldest public university, and has 12,420 students enrolled. The large, rural campus covers more than 1,500 acres and includes an 18-hole golf course. The University of Idaho is known for fostering musical talent, and is home to the acclaimed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
Idaho is known for its private Christian universities and has several notable schools to choose from that offer a combination of spiritual development and academics. Learn about three notable private schools in Idaho below.
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Brigham Young University-Idaho was founded in 1888 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It enrolled 23,621 students in 2013-2014, making it the largest private university in Idaho. The University focuses on combining faith with academics, and follows the tenets of the LDS church. It ranked 13th on the U.S. News and World Report Regional Universities List. Brigham Young University-Idaho students enjoy outdoor life, with Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole all within driving distance of campus.
Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University ranks 39th on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of regional universities. The Christian university enrolled 2,232 students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Founded in 1913, if offers more than 60 areas of study and is affiliated with online degree programs and cooperative programs in more than 10 countries.
The College of Idaho
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is a private, liberal arts college that enrolls 1,059 students. The school features a special curriculum called PEAK that focuses on the four “knowledge peaks” of a liberal arts education: humanities and fine arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and a professional field. PEAK allows students at College of Idaho graduate in four years with three minors in addition to their academic major, and encourages more individual involvement with course selection than simply checking off required courses. The College of Idaho boasts many accomplished graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three U.S. governors, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award.