Top Universities in Idaho

By | April 20, 2019

For those interested in studying in Idaho, we have a very useful list. We selected the best Idaho institutions for prospective students. Please know that rankings are based on academic research, alumni reviews, graduation rates, as well as assessment from peer colleges. On the page, you will find major admissions stats such as acceptance rate, tuition fees, average SAT scores for each ranked college or university.

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Rankings Schools
1 University of Idaho (Moscow, ID)
Tuition: in-state: $6,212, out-of-state: $19,000
Total enrollment: 12,312
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 60.9%
Average freshman retention rate: 79%
6-year graduation rate: 51%
Classes with under 20 students: 47.5%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 20-26
2 Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)
Tuition: N/A
Total enrollment: N/A
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: N/A
Average freshman retention rate: 59%
6-year graduation rate: 30%
Classes with under 20 students: N/A
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: N/A


Top Universities in Idaho

Yellowstone National Park

On the territory of the park there is a huge (about fifty-five by seventy-two kilometers) caldera (volcanic basin), formed by several catastrophic eruptions of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, the last of which occurred about six hundred and forty thousand years ago. Volcanic activity in the Yellowstone area continues to this day, there are constantly many weak earthquakes, even new volcanic cones are formed. It is the proximity to the earth’s surface of magma (the so-called “hot spot”) that determines the activity of numerous geysers, hot springs and mud volcanoes, which brought worldwide fame to Yellowstone National Park.

Half of all hot springs in the world are concentrated in Yellowstone. There are more than one thousand two hundred and fifty geysers, almost five hundred of which are active. The largest of them – “Steamboat” (Steamboat), the highest geyser in the world (it throws out a column of steam and hot water over ninety meters).

Unlike Steamboat, which erupts at unpredictable intervals, another Yellowstone geyser, Old Faithful, ejects fourteen to thirty-two thousand liters of boiling water to a height of fifty-six meters with a frequency of forty-five minutes to two hours. “Old Faithful” is the most famous and popular tourist geyser in Yellowstone.

The most famous of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park is the Grand Prismatic Spring (it is also known as the Grand Prismatic Spring, due to the fact that almost all the colors of the rainbow obtained during the passage of sunlight can be seen in its waters through a prism – from red to blue).

The diameter of this unusual hot lake is about one hundred and ten meters, the depth is about fifty meters. This is the largest hot spring in the USA and the third largest hot spring in the world. In a minute, more than two thousand liters of water, the temperature of which is about 70 ° C, pours out of the “Great Multicolored Spring”.

The spring received its unusual appearance and corresponding name due to the multi-colored colonies of bacteria living in the extremely mineral-rich warm water around the spring. Depending on the time of year (and, accordingly, ambient temperature), the spectrum of colonies shifts: in winter to green, and in summer to orange and red. The center of the lake is always blue – it is the color of clean and almost sterile due to the constantly high temperature of the water.

Deposits of minerals brought to the surface by the waters of numerous sources form very beautiful and unusual terraces in Yellowstone, the most picturesque and famous of which are Mammoth Hot Springs.

Five percent of the territory of Yellowstone Park is occupied by rivers and lakes. The area of ​​the largest Yellowstone Lake in the reserve is more than three hundred and fifty square kilometers, the length of its coastline is about one hundred and eighty kilometers, and the depth exceeds 115 meters (this is the largest mountain lake in the United States).

Three deep gorges cut through the Yellowstone Plateau: Lewis Canyon (formed by the river of the same name) in the south, Black and Grand Canyons (on the Yellowstone River) in the north. The length of the Grand Canyon (“Grand Canyon”) is thirty-nine kilometers, the depth is up to three hundred and seventy meters, the width in some places is more than a kilometer (of course, not as large as its “namesake” “Grand Canyon” in Arizona, but no less).