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.

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Rank
School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
112.6%12.6%14.7%14.7%$468,000$469,000$483,000$483,000$48,200$48,00056%6$17,70028%
1Brigham Young University-Idaho(Private)
Annual ROI12.6%
Annual ROI12.6%
Annual ROI14.7%
Annual ROI14.7%
20 Year Net ROI$468,000
20 Year Net ROI$469,000
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
Total 4 Year Cost$48,200
Total 4 Year Cost$48,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$17,700
Grant Money Received28%
29.0%9.0%11.2%11.2%$368,000$368,000$395,000$394,000$80,200$80,30056%5$28,00039%
2University of Idaho(In-State)
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI11.2%
Annual ROI11.2%
20 Year Net ROI$368,000
20 Year Net ROI$368,000
20 Year Net ROI$395,000
20 Year Net ROI$394,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,200
Total 4 Year Cost$80,300
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$28,000
Grant Money Received39%
38.1%7.9%10.0%9.7%$314,000$310,000$338,000$335,000$83,500$87,10029%5$24,90043%
3Idaho State University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI10.0%
Annual ROI9.7%
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
20 Year Net ROI$310,000
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
20 Year Net ROI$335,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,500
Total 4 Year Cost$87,100
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,900
Grant Money Received43%
46.2%6.2%7.3%7.3%$313,000$313,000$339,000$339,000$136,000$136,00056%5$28,00039%
4University of Idaho(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI7.3%
Annual ROI7.3%
20 Year Net ROI$313,000
20 Year Net ROI$313,000
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$28,000
Grant Money Received39%
57.9%7.7%11.3%11.0%$288,000$286,000$325,000$323,000$80,500$82,90039%5$24,50031%
5Boise State University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI11.3%
Annual ROI11.0%
20 Year Net ROI$288,000
20 Year Net ROI$286,000
20 Year Net ROI$325,000
20 Year Net ROI$323,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,500
Total 4 Year Cost$82,900
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,500
Grant Money Received31%
65.5%5.4%6.5%6.4%$261,000$258,000$286,000$282,000$136,000$140,00029%5$24,90043%
6Idaho State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.4%
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
20 Year Net ROI$258,000
20 Year Net ROI$286,000
20 Year Net ROI$282,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,900
Grant Money Received43%
75.2%5.1%6.9%6.8%$234,000$232,000$271,000$269,000$134,000$137,00039%5$24,50031%
7Boise State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.2%
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.8%
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
20 Year Net ROI$232,000
20 Year Net ROI$271,000
20 Year Net ROI$269,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,500
Grant Money Received31%
86.8%6.6%8.8%8.5%$200,000$197,000$223,000$220,000$73,500$76,80030%5$19,60050%
8Lewis-Clark State College(In-State)
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI8.5%
20 Year Net ROI$200,000
20 Year Net ROI$197,000
20 Year Net ROI$223,000
20 Year Net ROI$220,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,500
Total 4 Year Cost$76,800
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$19,600
Grant Money Received50%
93.7%4.0%6.1%6.7%$161,000$170,000$217,000$226,000$150,000$141,00057%4$29,20022%
9The College of Idaho(Private)
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI4.0%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI6.7%
20 Year Net ROI$161,000
20 Year Net ROI$170,000
20 Year Net ROI$217,000
20 Year Net ROI$226,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,200
Grant Money Received22%
104.3%4.2%5.5%5.3%$157,000$154,000$180,000$176,000$117,000$120,00030%5$19,60050%
10Lewis-Clark State College(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI4.3%
Annual ROI4.2%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI5.3%
20 Year Net ROI$157,000
20 Year Net ROI$154,000
20 Year Net ROI$180,000
20 Year Net ROI$176,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$19,600
Grant Money Received50%
113.4%3.1%7.2%6.5%$146,000$135,000$224,000$213,000$152,000$162,00049%5$27,90036%
11Northwest Nazarene University(Private)
Annual ROI3.4%
Annual ROI3.1%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI6.5%
20 Year Net ROI$146,000
20 Year Net ROI$135,000
20 Year Net ROI$224,000
20 Year Net ROI$213,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,900
Grant Money Received36%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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


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