The University of Idaho Boise is the place where opportunity and mission converge. We are uniquely suited to provide graduate programs, research, and professional development opportunities in a metropolitan setting. We support teaching, learning, research, and outreach in: organizational development and leadership; water, natural resources and the environment; community sustainability; and the professions of law, medicine, architecture, engineering and education. Through water research of international prominence, a commitment to environmental and social stewardship, and economic growth through efficient technologies, we advance a prosperous Idaho.
Land grant institutions were established through grants of federal land so that the general population of the United States could have access to – on equal terms – higher education that would excel not only in the arts, letters, and sciences, but also in the agricultural and mechanic arts. Later in the 19th century, extension programs were added to the mission. Abraham Lincoln called land grant colleges a "people's university."
Water, Natural Resources and the Environment
Water related research is a preeminent strength of the University of Idaho. With expertise in engineering, natural resources and other environmental disciplines, the Boise location fosters an enticing collaborative relationship with state and federal agencies and private sector partners in southern Idaho and exudes a synergy not otherwise possible.
Sustainable growth is a critical issue to many communities throughout southern Idaho. Through architecture, conservation social sciences, environmental science, medical education, extension programs and other university disciplines, problems are being solved and collaborative partnerships are being forged to apply solutions.
Organizational Development and Leadership
Organizational development and leadership are strengths of the university’s presence in southern Idaho. Beginning with service to schools and educational institutions and extending to agency and private sector organizations, instructional programs, applied research and service bring value to the community and the state.
The Professions: Law, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering and Education
Delivery of high quality, graduate programs is the foundation of the Boise Center. Architecture and law students are exposed to opportunities in an urban setting. The Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) medical education program allows students to complete the third and fourth year of medical school in Idaho. Engineering and education programs have been generating leaders in southern Idaho for many years. Continuing education and professional development opportunities are also available.
The Boise Center provides access to the greater world of intellectual resources and services of the University of Idaho. Information and referrals related to new students, such as admission and registration, extension system services, alumni services, advancement and promotional efforts, the Office of the President, Vandal Boosters and sponsored programs such as TRIO and others are available locally to more than 55 percent of the state’s population.