Best Value Colleges in Idaho

There are only a small number of colleges on the Idaho College Salary Report, but all are strong choices for somebody looking for the best college return on investment in Idaho.

Considered part of the Pacific Northwest, Idaho is an often overlooked but seriously beautiful state located in the upper left of the country.  Read More

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1Brigham Young University (BYU) - Idaho Campus(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$458,000
Total 4 Year Cost$47,500
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$18,200
2University of Idaho(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$363,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,200
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
3 (tie)Idaho State University (ISU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$310,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,800
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
3 (tie)University of Idaho(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$310,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
5Boise State University (BSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$281,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,300
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
6Idaho State University (ISU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
7Boise State University (BSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$230,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
8Lewis-Clark State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,600
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,300
9Lewis-Clark State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$176,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,300
10Northwest Nazarene University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
11The College of Idaho(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,200

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The Gem State is covered in soaring mountains and deep river valleys, though it's perhaps best known for being a large producer of potatoes.

The University of Idaho in Moscow's mascot may be the Vandal, but when we look at the financial payback of a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho, it's the students who really make out like bandits. Famous UI alumni include EE "Doc" Smith, author of the Skylark and Lensman series, and many professional football players.

Another high comes from Idaho State University in Pocatello. This small town school is home to more than 15,000 students. The Bengals have a strong football program, and one of their alumni, Marvin Lewis, went on to become the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. ISU is also the alma mater of Home Depot CEO Bruce Nelson.

Finally, Boise State University ' a school made recently famous by its improbable rise as a football power since moving into NCAA Division I athletics in 1996 -- offers 201 degrees in 190 fields of study and has more than 100 graduate programs. The campus is located in Downtown Boise, covers 175 acres and is home to roughly 22,250 students.