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University of Idaho Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 19th 2019By -  Nidhi Mittal

With an acceptance rate of 73%, University of Idaho admissions is lightly competitive. In the academic year 2018-19, the university accepted 6132 applicants out of a pool of 7938, from which 1434 decided to enroll in the university.

  • The minimum GPA required for admission is 2.5.
  • It is competitive to get admission in the university through SAT scores as the average score required is recorded at 1124.
  • The average ACT score required at the University of Idaho is 23, which makes the university moderately competitive for ACT scores.
  • Students seeking admission in undergraduate programs can apply through the university’s online portal or the common application.
  • Graduate applicants can apply through the university’s online application portal.


Application PortalUniversity’s Online Portal
Common Application
Application FeeResidents: NA
Non-residents: 60 USD
Minimum GPA2.5
Acceptance Rate73%
Average SAT score1124
Minimum ACT composite23
Tuition (per semester)Resident: 3932 USD
Non-resident: 12750 USD
Application PortalUniversity’s Online Portal
Application FeeDomestic: 60 USD
International: 70 USD
Tuition (per semester)Resident: 4676 USD
Non-resident: 13494

University of Idaho Admission Deadlines

Fall SemesterMay 1
Spring SemesterOctober 1
Summer TermMarch 1
Fall Semester/ Summer SessionFebruary 1
Spring SemesterSeptember 1

University of Idaho International Admissions

The international students need to fulfill the academic as well as the language requirements of the university to get admission. Following are the freshman or first-year international student admission requirements:

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a secondary school.
  • Official secondary school transcripts.
  • If the applicant has not yet graduated from secondary school, a transcript showing all completed work may be accepted for early admission.
  • External examination reports should be provided when applicable.
  • An official TOEFL score or equivalent.
  • Certified, literal translations of all credentials issued in any language other than English.
  • Financial support requirements:
    • A signed certificate of financial responsibility from the applicant, and the applicant's sponsor if they are being sponsored.
    • An original bank statement either from the applicant or applicant's sponsor( if applicable), showing that the necessary minimum funds are available.
    • A copy of the applicant's passport.

Language Requirements for International Students

The following are acceptable as proof of English competency:

  • Fulfillment of the University of Idaho American Language and Culture Program (ALCP).
  • Minimum SAT evidence-based reading & writing score: 550.
  • Minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score: 70.
  • Minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score: 6.0.

University of Idaho Undergraduate Admissions

Office of admissions is the body overseeing University of Idaho admissions for undergraduate programs. The applicants are encouraged to seek assistance regarding admissions from this office.

Following are the Undergraduate admission requirements:

  • Core Requirements:
    • English: 8-credit (4 years)
    • Humanities & Language: 2-credit (1 year)
    • Math: 6-credit (3 years)
    • Natural Science:6-credit (3 years)
    • Social Science: 5-credit (2 1/2 years)
    • Other college preparation: 3-credit (1 1/2 years)
  • ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Official high school transcript showing graduation date. If the applicants have not yet graduated from high school, a transcript showing all completed work may be accepted for early admission.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended.
  • Combination of cumulative GPA and test scores.
  • Secondary school GPA: 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale.

Transfer applicants: Transfer students are selected from those applicants who present a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (C average) on all college-level study attempted in all accredited colleges attended, excluding of courses for which credits are not allowed. Students transferring from out-of-state schools in the College of Engineering must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80. Students should check departmental requirements too as they might differ for individual departments.

University of Idaho Graduate Admissions

Office of graduate admissions moderates University of Idaho admissions for graduate applicants. The office is always available for helping applicants with the admission process.

Following are the requirements for graduate admissions:

  • A U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official academic records from all post-secondary education institutions attended by the applicant. Applicants should start this early in their application process as this may take some time.
  • Unofficial items may include the following:
    • Required documents:
      • Resume/curriculum vitae
      • Statement of purpose
    • Required for only some programs
      • Area of emphasis form
      • Personal information form
      • Writing sample
      • Portfolio
  • Each application requires 3 letters of recommendation.
  • International applicants: A professional credential evaluation by an outside, independent party. This helps in the verification of document authenticity and identify potential transfer credits.
  • Applicants are responsible for supplying the correct academic records and paying for the evaluation service.
  • Applicants will need to request a course-by-course evaluation.
  • If the documents are in any language other than English, they must be accompanied by precise, word-for-word English translations.
  • English proficiency: The following are acceptable as proof of English language proficiency:
    • TOEFL: minimum overall score of 79
    • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5
    • Minimum overall MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score: 77
    • U of I ALCP with a score of a Level 6/Advanced Pass
  • All tests must have been taken within two years of the semester being applied to.
  • International applicants should complete and return the certificate of financial responsibility form to the Graduate Admissions Office regardless of their source of funding. They are also required to submit a copy of passport and all accompanying dependents requiring a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20).

Some of the famous graduate programs offered at the University of Idaho are:

  • Civil Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Computer Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Electrical Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Mechanical Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Architecture (M.Arch., M.S.)

The University of Idaho caters to international students from 73 countries in 124 majors in bachelors, masters and doctoral programs. The admission process is fair and holistic.

After getting admitted to the university, students should keep an eye out for their scholarship and financial aid package. They are required to verify their housing arrangements and other prerequisites before the classes start in the month of August.

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