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Idaho Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Idaho, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 76%, admission to Idaho is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 24.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Idaho admission statistics.


Idaho Admissions Statistics

Idaho’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 76%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 5,953 applicants, Idaho admitted about 4,518. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.4, the average ACT score was 24, and the average SAT score was 1120.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 20, and the 75th percentile score was 26.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1020. The 75th percentile score was 1240.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Idaho is very competitive. Even if Idaho is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Idaho’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Idaho Application Requirements

To apply to Idaho, you’ll need to fill out the Idaho Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $60 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by December 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Idaho Online Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $60 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is December 1st. December 1st is also the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to Idaho? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Idaho Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Idaho, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
  • 4.4% of students are international

Idaho has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 4.4%
  • Underrepresented minority: 6.1%
  • Two or more races: 4.1%
  • White: 75%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Idaho offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Psychology
  • General Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Idaho Tuition Figures

At $35,448, Idaho’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $4,615.

Here’s a fuller look at Idaho tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $35,448
  • Average financial aid package: $4,615
  • The average student debt of a Cal Tech graduate is $26,537

Now, what is life like at Idaho? Let’s take a look.


Idaho Location

The University of Idaho’s main campus is located in Moscow, Idaho.

Much of the architectural style on campus among older buildings is a blend of various Gothic styles.

Remember, you’re going to Idaho for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Idaho Academics

Idaho has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Agricultural Mechanization
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Digital Communication and Media
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science
  • Geology
  • Horticultural Science
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Molecular Biology
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Psychology
  • Range Science and Management
  • Voice and Opera

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Idaho.


Student Life at Idaho

Idaho has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Idaho’s student activities:

  • Amateur Radio Club at the University of Idaho
  • Block & Bridle Club
  • Clean Water Association UI Chapter
  • Debate Club
  • Fencing Club at the University of Idaho
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance at the University of Idaho
  • H2IdahO
  • Independent Creative Writing Workshop
  • Kendo Club of University of Idaho
  • Local Herbivores
  • Moscow Murder Mysterians Incorporated
  • Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers
  • ONE at University of Idaho
  • Pink Gloves Boxing at the University of Idaho
  • Quidditch at the University of Idaho
  • Recreation Student Organization
  • Swing Dance Club

Are you an athlete? Idaho’s got plenty of options for you.


Idaho Athletics

Idaho offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Idaho’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with an Idaho degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Idaho has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Deloitte and Touche Chairman of the Board Sharon Allen
  • Documentarian Michael Kirk
  • Composer Canary Lee Burton
  • Actor Bill Fagerbakke
  • Celebrity stylist Bobbie Thomas
  • Olympic cyclist Kristen Armstrong
  • College basketball coach Dan Monson

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Idaho is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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