Idaho has more than 32 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 6 offer online programs. A total of three are public four-year colleges or universities and three are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 144 online certificate programs, 1,040 online associate programs, 1,389 online bachelor’s programs, 512 online master’s programs, 617 online professional programs, and 105 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools.
As with many states with low populations, Idaho’s job data is slightly skewed. An uptick in job creation does not mean necessarily a large number of positions becoming available. Regardless, many industries in Idaho show small but steady growth. The state’s unemployment rate is holding at 6.1 percent, a point and a half below the national average. Government and trade, transportation and utilities make up the two largest non-agricultural employers in the state, with education coming in a distant third. Education, however, boasts the highest growth rate out of any industry not farming. The fastest-growing jobs in the state are medical and health services managers, registered nurses, and market research analysts.
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Idaho was $3,798 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $9,480 to $22,810 per year.
Online degree programs in Idaho receive their school accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The NWCCU is one of six regional accreditation bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. When looking for online schools in Idaho, it’s important to check for school accreditation before applying. Information about a school’s accreditation should be readily available on their website. School accreditation ensures your academic credits will transfer to other schools and that any future employer will formally recognize your degree.
Distance Learning Resources
- Idaho Digital Learning is an online resource helping Idahoan students prepare for college and beyond via distance learning. While focused primarily at undergraduate students, Idaho Digital Learning has a number of useful student resources, including a downloadable survey determining if online school is right for you.
- Idaho Community Foundation manages over 60 scholarships for Idaho students in both secondary and higher education. Browse their list of scholarships to see if you are eligible for any.
- Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education allows 16 western states to share education resources. The commission enables students otherwise unable to pursue a college degree to attend school. Check the WICHE website for their Idaho-specific initiatives.
- The Steele-Reese Foundation supports underserved rural areas in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky through initiatives for rural health, social services, arts, conservation, and preservation. Their programs include scholarships for students from these areas.
- Idaho Economy at a Glance, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, can help you to decide which major to pursue. This page also features information on hiring trends listed by city and metropolitan area.
- Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) is a database for your research and studies. LiLI features links to scholarly material, publications and journals, and career information.
Idaho is located in the Northwest region of the United States. The state, which has an area of 83,569 square miles, is the 14th largest in the US. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 53°F.
Of the states in the country, Idaho has the 13th smallest population. It has 44 counties with a reported population of 1,567,582 residents. Approximately 44 percent of Idaho’s population is under the age of 30. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the nation with about 16 percent of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
Idaho’s capital city is Boise, which is the largest city in the state, with a population of 205,671 residents. An estimated 7.62 percent of the state’s residents live in the Boise metropolitan area. Idaho’s other big cities include Nampa, Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.
As compared to residents in other states around the country, Idaho residents typically have an average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 18 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 4.1 percent have at least an associates degree, 3.3 percent have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.