Idaho State University: Narrative Description

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921 South 8th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83209
Tel: (208)282-0211
Admissions: (208)282-2578
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1901. Setting: 972-acre small town campus. Endowment: $13.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $12.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6586 per student. Total enrollment: 13,802. Faculty: 753 (548 full-time, 205 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,750 applied, 71% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 63% from top half. Full-time: 7,876 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 3,787 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 49 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 43% 25 or older, 4% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Idaho, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. One-time mandatory fee: $660. Area resident tuition: $0 full-time. State resident tuition: $0 full-time, $185 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7080 full-time, $287 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $3700 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4850. College room only: $2060. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 127 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: International Students Association, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Latter Day Saints Student Association, Student American Dental Hygienists Association, Academy of Students of Pharmacy. Major annual events: homecoming, Springfest, Greek Olympiad. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 423 college housing spaces available; 65 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Eli M. Oboler Library with 712,041 books, 2 million microform titles, 6,672 serials, 923 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 562 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Pocatello is located in a farming and industrial area of southeastern Idaho where the climate is dry and sunny. Planes and buses provide transportation. The community facilities include many churches, two hospitals, the district health department, hotels, motels, etc. The municipal park has facilities for archery, baseball, field games, and includes a swimming pool and a zoo. Other facilities outside of Pocatello are in the intermountain region, which offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the United States. Camping, hiking, snowmobiling, swimming, boating, horseback riding and skiing available for the outdoor life. Rodeos and the Indian Sun Dances are special annual events.

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