Brett Wilder, Junior, Agricultural Economics, Meridian, Idaho
The University of Idaho was a clear choice for me. Of all the schools I visited with, UI was the only one that had all the parts and pieces: Great staff, a community feel, a college of agriculture and a wide variety of opportunities to become involved.
My favorite thing about the University of Idaho is that even in the two years I've been on campus, there are countless more opportunities available within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences than when I began. This year I traveled to Portland for a grain marketing tour that did not exist before this spring, and will enter into the Barker Trading Program next fall due to a partnership that is now formally recognized between CALS and the College of Business. The University of Idaho is not stagnant — it's moving forward.
My best experience so far was having the opportunity to travel to Virginia Beach for the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in the spring of my freshman year. Becoming involved in clubs on campus (In this case Collegiate Farm Bureau) will open up unique opportunities you won't find anywhere else.
A friend once told me that when looking at colleges, you should pay less attention to the majors offered and more attention to the faculty in the department. The quality of professors at the University of Idaho, particularly in CALS, is competitive with what you will find across the country and are a large reason why I chose the University of Idaho.
The University of Idaho is very competitive academically, offers a wide variety of opportunities, has extraordinary faculty and it's hard to find the same quality with a smaller price tag.
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Learn more about FFA students who chose to make the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences their home for higher education.
Liz Bumstead, Freshman, Agricultural Sciences, Leadership & Communications, Pullman, Washington
I chose the University of Idaho because it offers unique and one-of-a kind programs that you can't find anywhere else. The professors and fellow students truly care about you and your goals — they will always make the effort to help you succeed in any way that they can. The community of Moscow and University of Idaho has a kind, open atmosphere that makes you feel welcome and invited.
My favorite thing about UI is the Vandal Spirit. Everyone here has a drive to succeed and is always proud to break out the silver and gold to cheer on all things Vandal.
So far my best experience with UI was when I was attending the Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference. I loved getting to know my fellow classmates and my soon-to-be professors while at the same time being a part of the strong connection UI has with the Idaho FFA Association.
The UI professors are unlike any others. They truly care about each and every student, they want to see everyone succeed and will do anything they can to make it so.
You should choose UI because of the phenomenal academic programs, wide range of clubs that are offered and incredible student body community. At UI you aren't just another face or another student, you are cared about and people WILL invest their time into your success because they believe in your abilities.
Amanda Hale, Sophomore, Agricultural Economics & Journalism, Rigby, Idaho
The University of Idaho was the best option for me because I wanted to stay in state and attend a university with the best agricultural program.
My favorite thing about the University of Idaho is the campus. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but it is also a very tight-knit community.
Getting involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau has been my best experience so far, as it yielded the opportunity for me to go to Nashville, Tennessee, and learn more about agriculture across the country.
The professors are always so willing to meet with students and do their best to make difficult situations much more manageable.
Students should choose the University of Idaho because it offers them an opportunity to adapt to different cultures and learn more about themselves in the process. Moscow is a great place to live, the town isn't too busy, but there are still things to do around the area.
Michael Heitstuman, Senior, Agricultural Education Quincy, Washington
I chose UI for its small class sizes around campus; and I believed its agricultural education program was the best fit for me.
My favorite thing about the University of Idaho is all the ways and opportunities a student has to get involved and active within the university.
My best experience has been gaining hands on opportunities and knowledge through my courses offered in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
All staff at the University of Idaho are inviting and helpful! When talking with the professors at UI you can tell they want you to succeed and are here to help positively guide your education.
A student should choose the University of Idaho for its inviting atmosphere. Come check out the UI campus and expect to feel welcome and right at home!
Kyle Nesbitt, Senior, Agricultural Education, Weiser, Idaho
It was the best agricultural school in the state and my siblings were here and I knew they would help support me.
I really enjoy the friends I've made. I've been able to make friends with people who really have helped me learn a lot about school and life.
It has to be the serpentine during each homecoming that goes throughout campus with students excitedly singing the Fight Song. Then ending up at a huge bonfire and getting to watch fireworks!
The professors here at Idaho have been really great in my experiences. They are easy to approach and will be helpful and provide you with tools to succeed.
The University of Idaho offers a great place to study in an environment that is extremely friendly to students.
Ayla Neumeyer, Junior, Agribusiness, Political Science (minor), Bonners Ferry, Idaho
When I realized how passionate I am about agriculture, I realized that the University of Idaho was for me. It has industry support throughout the state, professors who genuinely understand agriculture and a network of alumni focused on hardworking students. I knew by coming to UI I would not only gain the skills to have a successful career but become part of a much larger, long-lasting legacy.
Every day I am around people who challenge me to grow and be better while supporting me in all that I do. On campus, I have been able to learn from faculty who are experts in their fields, gain mentors to help me through tough decisions and meet my best friends in the world. The people are what make Moscow home.
I absolutely love hearing about the experiences of our alumni. I had the chance to attend part of the Golden I Reunion, which celebrates alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. Being able to hear from people who met their husband on campus or are still best friends with their college roommate 50 years later made me feel like I was part of something so much bigger. I can’t wait to be able to tell students about all the memories I have been able to make.
Our professors are diverse, involved and challenging. I have learned to think about new ideas and question the world around me from the variety of classes I have taken. Many of them are incredibly accomplished in industry as well as being versed in academics, making their classes well rounded with concept and real world applications.
Cara Pantone, Senior, Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish, Shoshone, Idaho
I wanted to come to a school that focuses on maintaining high academic standards, but I also chose UI because it's welcoming and beautiful. It is a diverse community with a lot of support and opportunities available to students.
The faculty and the connections created between fellow students and members of the community are incredible. There are amazing people in Moscow with whom we learn, experience and grow.
The Student Alumni Relations Board has given me opportunities to connect with alumni and students who are leaders in multiple capacities; those connections have been inspiring, enjoyable and instructive for my own goals in education and leadership.
UI professors are present. My professors have been open and available, as well as patient and understanding. For the great majority of my classes, I have felt valued and challenged by my professors at UI.
UI provides opportunities to have a college experience that is valuable and memorable, but students should ultimately choose to come here to join in this fantastic community. There is pride, support and inspiration everywhere, which students can embrace and experience.