Idaho State University (ISU) is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research high and teaching institution founded in 1901
At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, Idaho State University offers access to education in more than 280 programs. Almost 14,300 students attend ISU, receiving education and training in those programs. Idaho State University is the state’s designated lead institution in health professions and medical education.
ISU, along with the Idaho National Laboratory and other Idaho universities, worked to establish the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in 2007. Renovation of the ESTEC building began in summer 2007, after the team of ISU’s College of Technology, Idaho National Laboratory and Partners for Prosperity received grant funding totaling more than $2.5 million.
On January 18, 2011, The Carnegie Foundation announced its rankings of U.S. colleges and universities and ISU propelled to Research University-High standing. ISU is one of 98 institutions in the country belonging to this group. This classification is second only to the highest category Research University-Very High, with 108 universities holding this elite designation. Combined, these two research categories represent less than 5 percent of the nation’s 4,663 institutions of higher education.
In 2013 the Career Path Internship (CPI), a $1.4 million program which provides students with the opportunity to apply for work in paid campus positions that match their academic and career interests began. This program enables more than 200 students to work with area businesses and faculty in a real work experience environment.
ISU offers two doctoral level nursing programs after the Idaho State Board of Education approved a doctoral degree in advanced nursing practice, which will now give ISU two doctoral-level nursing programs. The first offered is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in nursing beginning summer 2013 and the only one in the state.
ISU received top designation for nuclear training and was tagged Regional Center of Excellence. The Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) at the ISU College of Technology will soon be coordinating the nuclear energy education and training for technicians in a nine-state region. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has designated ESTEC as the Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Nuclear Education and Training. The top designation includes the states of Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah, and Nebraska. ESTEC is one of five regional NEI-designated centers in the country.